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  • October 2, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
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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.

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Available Squads
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
7Simone PepeMidfielder
-Milos KrasicMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
11Fabio GrossoDefender
24Michele PazienzaMidfielder
11Eljero EliaMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
19Gianluca Zambrotta Defender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
17Mark van BommelMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
99Antonio CassanoStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
3Luca AntoniniDefender
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
Players to Watch
Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
30 4 4 0
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.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 1

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