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
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, De Ceglie
Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio
Pepe, Matri, Vucinic
Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini
Dessena, Ekdal, Nainggolan
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.
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- 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.