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  • January 28, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: P. Valeri
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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.

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Last Five Matches
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Team News
Available Squads
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
21Marcelo EstigarribiaMidfielder
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
7Simone PepeMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
88Marco BorrielloStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
5DaniloDefender
-Dušan BastaDefender
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
-Damiano FerronettiDefender
33Mauricio IslaDefender
6Gelson FernandesMidfielder
-Almen AbdiMidfielder
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
26L. EkstrandDefender
-NeutonDefender
39Jean-Alain FanchoneDefender
-Cristian BattocchioDefender
-Gabriel TorjeMidfielder
-Roberto PereyraMidfielder
83Antonio Floro FloresStriker
Players to Watch
Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Antonio Di Natale
Antonio Di Natale
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
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