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  • October 2, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 24000
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Serie A Preview: Juventus v AC Milan

Serie A Preview: Juventus v AC Milan

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The league leaders will look to beat the defending champions in a heavyweight clash in Turin on Sunday evening


PROBABLE LINEUPS

JUVENTUS

Buffon
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie
Marchisio, Pirlo
Krasic, Vucinic, Matri, Pepe

AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini
Nocerino, van Bommel,
Seedorf, 
Aquilani
Ibrahimovic, Cassano


Antonio Conte has the luxury of choosing from an essentially-fully-fit squad for the crunch clash on Sunday, as Vincenzo Iaquinta is the only player he will not be able to call upon. Andrea Barzagli took part in Wednesday's training session and should get the nod alongside Giorgio Chiellini in the centre of defence.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned for the Champions League clash midweek against Viktoria Plzen and will start up front beside Antonio Cassano. Massimiliano Allegri will still be missing a plethora of players though as Philippe Mexes, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Robinho, Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini and Alexandre Pato are all nursing injuries.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus are undefeated in their new state-of-the-art arena, scoring five goals while only conceding twice in two games.
  • The visitors emerged victorious in the two meetings between the teams last season. Juventus beat Milan 2-1 at San Siro while the champions upended the Old Lady 1-0 in Turin.
  • The Old Lady had the longest unbeaten streak in Serie A last season, going 13 games without a loss.
  • Massimiliano Allegri's men conceded the fewest goals during the 2010-11 campaign (24).
  • Coach Antonio Conte won five Scudetti and one Champions League title as a player for the Turin outfit.
  • Milan kept the most clean sheets last season (20) but have only one in four games so far this term.

Players to watch

A. Pirlo

Position: Midfielder

Games: 3

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The former Milan metronome will face his old colleagues on Sunday and will, no doubt, relish the chance to lead his new club to victory. The veteran has pulled the strings in midfield for Juve so far this season and has been one of the signings of the summer.

Z. Ibrahimovic

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Swedish striker returned from injury midweek to score in the Champions League victory over Viktoria Plzen and will be eager to duplicate that performance against one of his old clubs on Sunday.

Editor's Prediction

Beating the big sides hasn't been Juve's problem in recent years; it's the teams below them in the standings which have caused them all sorts of trouble. The Juventus Arena will be rocking on Sunday night and will inspire the players to pick up a big win over the defending champions.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Juventus

Milan

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
Draw
AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
62%
35%

Top 3 Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
9 - 0
AC Milan MIL
Juventus FC JUV
0 - 3
AC Milan MIL
Juventus FC JUV
2 - 0
AC Milan MIL

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