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Serie A

  • May 5, 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: A. Romeo
  • • Attendance: 38000

Juventus-Palermo Preview: Scudetto success just a draw away

Juventus-Palermo Preview: Scudetto success just a draw away


Antonio Conte's men are all but champions, however, they face a Rosanero side fighting for their Serie A lives which threatens Bianconeri glory on home turf

A full-strength Juventus side know they are just a point away from clinching the Serie A title against a relegation-threatened Palermo outfit, but it would be premature for the Bianconeri to be popping the champagne just yet, though, as the visitors are in desperate need of the points.

Antonio Conte will continue to play his 3-5-1-1 formation with Claudio Marchisio playing in behind striker Mirko Vucinic which has brought the champions much joy in recent weeks, while it is the usual back three trio for the hosts.

Giuseppe Sannino's men have enjoyed a mini-revival as they hope to avoid the dreaded drop to Serie B, but there are concerns over in-form attacker Josip Ilicic who faces a race against time to be fit for the clash.

Defender Andrea Mantovani is unavailable while Michel Morganella is suspended.

  • Juventus are just a point away from landing back-to-back Scudettos. They are 11 points clear of Napoli with four games to play.
  • The Bianconeri are on a seven-game winning run and have not conceded in over 270 minutes of Serie A football.
  • Antonio Conte's men have won their last three games against Sunday's visitors and have not conceded during this time.
  • Palermo are unbeaten in their last five matches with wins over Roma, Sampdoria and Inter included in that run. They sit in 17th place level with Genoa (18) on 32 points.
  • Attacker Josip Ilicic (pictured, right) has scored five in his last five games for the Rosanero.
  • Striker Fabrizio Miccoli has netted six times in Serie A and is a former Juventus player.


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Head to Head
Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ May 5, 2013 Juventus 1 - Palermo 0
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Dec 9, 2012 Palermo 0 - Juventus 1
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Apr 7, 2012 Palermo 0 - Juventus 2
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Nov 20, 2011 Juventus 3 - Palermo 0
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Feb 2, 2011 Palermo 2 - Juventus 1
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Last Five Matches
May 18, 2014Juventus 3 - Cagliari 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Roma 0 - Juventus 1ITA1
May 5, 2014Juventus 1 - Atalanta 0ITA1
May 1, 2014Juventus 0 - Benfica 0EL
Apr 28, 2014Sassuolo 1 - Juventus 3ITA1
May 30, 2014Palermo 0 - Crotone 0ITA2
May 25, 2014Ternana 1 - Palermo 2ITA2
May 17, 2014Palermo 1 - Carpi 2ITA2
May 13, 2014Cittadella 0 - Palermo 2ITA2
May 10, 2014Palermo 1 - Virtus Lanciano 1ITA2
Team News
Available Squads
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
-Federico PelusoDefender
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
25Steve von BergenDefender
2Santiago GarcíaDefender
8Edgar BarretoMidfielder
20E. ArévaloMidfielder
5Massimo DonatiMidfielder
72Josip IličičMidfielder
28Jasmin KurtićMidfielder
10Fabrizio MiccoliStriker
22Giacomo BrichettoGoalkeeper
99Francesco BenussiGoalkeeper
6Ezequiel MuñozDefender
3Andrea DossenaDefender
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
10Mauro FormicaMidfielder
9Paulo DybalaStriker
11Abel HernándezStriker
-Diego FabbriniStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker
Players to Watch
Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
32 11 8 0
Has been great all season for the hosts, but has hit a rich vein of form recently having netted four times in his last three games and it would not be a shock if he added to his tally on Sunday. Tenacious in the tackle and technically astute going forward, Vidal is one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world right now,
Josip Iličič
Josip Iličič
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 72
Games Goals YC RC
21 3 1 0
It's touch and go whether he will make Sunday's game, but if he does it will be a massive boost to Palermo's hopes of nicking anything from this match. Five goals in five games, the Slovenian is in red-hot form.
Juventus just need a point in this match to win the Scudetto, but in truth it would be surprising if they did not get all three. The Rosanero will be buoyed by the string of performances they have put together in recent weeks, but the Bianconeri will have too much for the visitors.
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