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  • April 19, 2014
  • • 17:30
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: P. Giacomelli
  • • Attendance: 39131
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Juventus 1.18 1.20 1.17 1.18
Draw 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50
Bologna 15.00 13.00 21.00 20.00
Juventus-Bologna Preview: Relegation-threatened Rossoblu out to upset league leaders

Juventus-Bologna Preview: Relegation-threatened Rossoblu out to upset league leaders

The visitors have triumphed just twice on the road all season and are going up against a Bianconeri side who have not dropped a single point in Turin

Bologna will have to overcome a poor away record in order to dent Juventus' Serie A title bid and simultaneously boost their survival hopes.

The Rossoblu - who sit 17th on 28 points, just three above the relegation zone - have only won twice away from the Renato Dall'Ara this season.

Those away-day woes look unlikely to change at the Juventus Stadium on Saturday, with Antonio Conte's side having won all 16 of their league fixtures on home turf this term.

Indeed, Juve have lost just twice in Serie A all campaign and - after passing a potentially tricky encounter 2-0 at Udinese on Monday - they could move to within two victories of collecting a third consecutive league title.

Juve are eight points clear at the top with five games remaining, and Conte will be keen for his charges to wrap up the title before visiting second-placed Roma on May 9.

One potential distraction could be Thursday's Europa League semi-final first-leg tie at Benfica, with the final set to be held at the Juventus Stadium.

However, goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon is confident of challenging on both fronts.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he said: "Our objectives? We want the Scudetto and the Europa League, to return to being among the best in Europe.

"The Europa League is not a requirement but it is definitely a goal that could be within our reach, or is within our reach."

Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and wing-back Stephan Lichtsteiner are both suspended for Juve, while Conte must decide whether to return top scorer Carlos Tevez (thigh) and midfielder Arturo Vidal (knee) to the starting line-up, after the duo were only deemed fit enough for the bench at Udinese.

In contrast to Juve's title ambitions, Bologna have hit a lean patch at the wrong time and will be desperate to complete one of the biggest upsets of the season.

Davide Ballardini's side have picked up just seven points from the last 30 available to them, dragging them into the dogfight at the bottom.

The visitors' problems have largely been in attack this season, only bottom side Catania have registered fewer than Bologna's paltry league return of 27 goals this term.

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Last Five Matches
Juventus
May 18, 2014Juventus 3 - Cagliari 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Roma 0 - Juventus 1ITA1
May 5, 2014Juventus 1 - Atalanta 0ITA1
May 1, 2014Juventus 0 - Benfica 0EL
Apr 28, 2014Sassuolo 1 - Juventus 3ITA1
Bologna
May 18, 2014Lazio 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Bologna 1 - Catania 2ITA1
May 4, 2014Genoa 0 - Bologna 0ITA1
Apr 26, 2014Bologna 0 - Fiorentina 3ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Juventus 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
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Available Squads
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
5Angelo OgbonnaDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
14Fernando LlorenteStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
34RubinhoGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
-Federico PelusoDefender
7Simone PepeMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
18Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
18Gianluca CurciGoalkeeper
3Archimede MorleoDefender
5Mikael AntonssonDefender
33Frederik SorensenDefender
8Gyorgy GaricsDefender
-Nicolò CherubinDefender
17Erik FribergMidfielder
-Lazaros ChristodoulopoulosMidfielder
7IbsonMidfielder
24Michele PazienzaMidfielder
99Jonathan CristaldoStriker
-Matteo MalagoliGoalkeeper
32Dejan StojanovicGoalkeeper
2Andrea MantovaniDefender
35Marek CechDefender
-Diego LaxaltMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
9Rolando BianchiStriker
10Davide MoscardelliStriker
12Robert AcquafrescaStriker
35Daniele PaponiStriker

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