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  • January 15, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: M. Guida
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Serie A Preview: Juventus - Cagliari

Serie A Preview: Juventus - Cagliari

The Old Lady were forced to endure a difficult 90 minutes at Lecce last weekend despite their win, but will hope the Sardinians prove to be a less challenging proposition


PROBABLE LINEUPS
JUVENTUS


Buffon
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, De Ceglie
Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio
Pepe, Matri, Vucinic

CAGLIARI



Agazzi
Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini
Dessena, Ekdal, Nainggolan
Cossu
Larrivey, Ibarbo

Antonio Conte is expected to make just two changes from the side that struggled to a 1-0 victory over Lecce last week as Fabio Quagliarella and Giorgio Chiellini are set to be replaced by Alessandro Matri and Paolo De Ceglie.

Quagliarella picked up a facial injury during the win at the Via del Mare and will come as unwelcome news to the forward, who failed to take advantage of a rare opportunity to lead the line for the Bianconeri. Meanwhile, Chiellini's yellow card means he is suspended for the encounter.

For the visitors Cagliari, an unchanged line-up is in the offing from the resounding 3-0 win against Genoa last weekend. However, Rui Sampaio, Gabriele Perico, Nene and Sebastian Eriksson remain on the sidelines.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus have won their last three meetings with Cagliari in Serie A.
  • Also, the Old Lady have lost just two of their last 14 games against the Sardinians.
  • Striker Alessandro Matri has scored six goals over the last five meetings between these two teams.
  • Juve are the only side from Europe's top five leagues to still be unbeaten at this stage of the season.
  • Their victory over Genoa last Sunday ended a three-match winless streak.
  • The Sardinians have won just one of their last five games away from home.

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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
Cagliari
May 18, 2014Juventus 3 - Cagliari 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Cagliari 0 - Chievo 1ITA1
May 6, 2014SSC Napoli 3 - Cagliari 0ITA1
Apr 27, 2014Cagliari 1 - Parma 0ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Genoa 1 - Cagliari 2ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
7Simone PepeMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
33Frederik SorensenDefender
-Milos KrasicMidfielder
21Marcelo EstigarribiaMidfielder
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
22Marco BorrielloStriker
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
-Davide AstoriDefender
14Francesco PisanoDefender
-Michele CaniniDefender
33Alessandro AgostiniDefender
23Radja NainggolanMidfielder
7Andrea CossuMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
21Daniele DessenaMidfielder
-Joaquin LarriveyStriker
23Víctor IbarboStriker
35Vlada AvramovGoalkeeper
13Simone GozziDefender
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
5Daniele ContiMidfielder
-P. CeppeliniMidfielder
-Moestafa El KabirStriker
-Thiago RibeiroStriker
Players to Watch
Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Inter and Milan midfielder has been a revelation since moving to Turin in the summer, and Juve are a better side when he is on form and dictating play. He will look to maintain his excellent form in the second half of the season.
Radja Nainggolan
Radja Nainggolan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
One of the most talked-about talents in Serie A at the moment, and one of his suitors is apparently Sunday's opposition. The 23-year-old will be out to prove his ability by shooting down his admirers.
Prediction
Juventus remain unbeaten so far this season and in order to maintain pressure on Milan and the other sides around them, a fixture such as this will be one they will be expecting to win.
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