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  • January 15, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: M. Guida
  • • Attendance: 30874
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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.

Players to watch

A. Pirlo

Position: Midfielder

Games: 2

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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.

R. Nainggolan

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Juventus

Cagliari

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
Draw
Cagliari Calcio CAG
Cagliari Calcio Cagliari
88%

Top 3 Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
3 - 0
Cagliari Calcio CAG
Juventus FC JUV
2 - 0
Cagliari Calcio CAG
Juventus FC JUV
3 - 1
Cagliari Calcio CAG

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