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  • October 17, 2010
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  • • Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Torino
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Serie A Preview: Juventus - Lecce

Serie A Preview: Juventus - Lecce

The Bianconeri are rising up the table but they need to garner maximum points against the Serie A newcomers at home...

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Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri has already declared that his side face a long and difficult campaign and has asked the fans to be patient. Indeed, the Bianconeri are in a rebuilding phase and will take some time to get.

However, thankfully for the former Italian and European champions things have looked towards the positive in the last few weeks. At the moment Juventus are seventh in Serie A with eight points from six matches, five points behind league leaders Lazio.

A Scudetto challenge is still not out of the question but for that, Juve need to win. As centre-back Giorgio Chiellini explains, "It will be necessary to win against Lecce so we can make the step up in quality. It will allow us to confront the rest on the same level and we will be able to compete in the league and Europa League."

Caught In The Middle

Lecce's position in the table is interesting as well as intriguing. At the moment the Lupi have eight points from six matches and are 12th - they are just three points better off than third-from-bottom Parma but three behind Italian champions Inter, who are second.

More crucially perhaps, Lecce are level on points with Juventus and this should motivate them to raise their game and take home something from Turin on Sunday.

Encouragingly for Luigi De Canio's side, they are unbeaten in their last three matches in the league and defeated Catania 1-0 at home just before the international break. However, Lecce are yet to win away from home in Serie A this campaign and have conceded seven goals in three league matches on their travels.




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Juventus


Buffon, Traore, Rinaudo and Lanzafame are unavailable because of injuries. Del Neri will set his team in a familiar 4-4-2 system with Marchisio and Krasic as the two wingers and Felipe Melo and Aquilani in central midfield. Quagliarella and Amauri will be the two strikers while Chiellini and Bonucci will play their familiar role as central defenders.

Lecce

Chevanton and Reginiussen are injured and are unavailable for this game. The visitors will opt for a 4-3-3 system with Olivera, Corvia and Di Michele as the front-three.

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Available Squads
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
26Zdenek GrygeraDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
-Milos KrasicMidfielder
3Felipe MeloMidfielder
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
-AmauriStriker
1Alexander ManningerGoalkeeper
16Marco MottaDefender
30Nicola LegrottaglieDefender
-J. MartínezMidfielder
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
7Simone PepeMidfielder
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
-Andrea RispoliDefender
-FabianoMidfielder
-Stefano FerrarioDefender
-Djamel MesbahDefender
-Ignacio PiattiMidfielder
29G. GiacomazziMidfielder
-Carlos GrossmüllerMidfielder
-Ruben OliveraMidfielder
-Daniele CorviaStriker
-JedaStriker
81Massimiliano BenassiGoalkeeper
-GustavoDefender
-Davide BrivioDefender
-David Di MicheleStriker
20Giuseppe VivesMidfielder
-Edward OfereStriker
-Gianni MunariMidfielder
Players to Watch
Milos Krasic
Milos Krasic
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Krasic has been one of the best players in Serie A so far this season and he will again be the man to bail out Juventus from difficult circumstances. The Serbia international winger will start on the right of a four-man midfield and his runs, crosses, dribbles and passes will form the backbone of Juve’s attacks. For the Bianconeri to click, Krasic has to click.
David Di Michele
David Di Michele
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Juventus’ fullbacks are average at best and Di Michele will be keen to exploit this. He will start on the left and will have Grygera to confront. Di Michele is a tricky player and will be confident of getting the better of the Juve right-back.

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