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  • January 28, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: P. Valeri
  • • Attendance: 39625
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Serie A Preview: Juventus - Udinese

Serie A Preview: Juventus - Udinese

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The winter champions host Francesco Guidolin's men on Saturday night, knowing a victory would see them move six points clear of the visitors


PROBABLE LINEUPS
JUVENTUS


Buffon
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
Vidal, Pirlo, Marrone
Giaccherini, Matri, Vucinic


UDINESE



Handanovic
Ferronetti, Danilo, Domizzi
Basta, Isla, Pinzi, Fernandes, Armero
Floro Flores
Di Natale

The Old Lady have a few concerns going into Saturday's clash, with both Claudio Marchisio and Simone Pepe doubtful. The midfield pair both limped out of the 2-0 victory over Atalanta last week, and will need to pass late fitness tests to take part on Saturday.

However the league leaders have been boosted by the return of Fabio Quagliarella and Alex Manninger, with the duo returning to the squad who defeated Roma in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday, after recovering from fractured cheekbone and twisted ankle respectively.

Francesco Guidolin's troops will travel to Turin without two of their midfield enforcers in the form of Kwadwo Asamoah and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, with the pair both representing Ghana at the African Cup of Nations, while Mehdi Benatia will also miss out, as the former Marseille youth is also at the tournament with Morocco.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus are the only side to have won a point away at Udinese in this campaign.
  • No other side in Serie A have drawn more games than the Old Lady this season.
  • The hosts have only conceded two goals in their last seven league games.
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored 50 per cent of Udinese's league goals this term.
  • The visitors have lost two of their last three games in all competitions.
  • Only the hosts have conceded less goals than Udinese this season.

Players to watch

A. Pirlo

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Many believed the playmaker was on the wane following his release from AC Milan, but the midfielder has proved his doubters wrong with some excellent performances, and after chipping in with five assits so far this term, he will be hoping to again provide the spark on Saturday.

A. Di Natale

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The veteran striker is the main man at Udinese, and is again the club's top scorer this season with 18 goals in all competitions. Although the visitors form has dipped in recent weeks, the Italy international has been on fire, netting five goals in his last four outings, and with the chance to close the gap at the top, he will be hoping his impressive form continues.

Editor's Prediction

With the Old Lady in form following the 3-0 victory over Roma on Tuesday, along with having the opportunity to further stretch their lead at the Serie A summit, a victory for the hosts seems a likely outcome.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Juventus

Udinese

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
Draw
Udinese Calcio UDI
Udinese Calcio Udinese
84%

Top 3 Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
2 - 0
Udinese Calcio UDI
Juventus FC JUV
2 - 1
Udinese Calcio UDI
Juventus FC JUV
3 - 1
Udinese Calcio UDI

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