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Serie A

  • December 9, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 17000

Palermo - Juventus Preview: Conte returns to the dugout

Palermo - Juventus Preview: Conte returns to the dugout


The Bianconeri coach will be present on the touchline for the first time in four months after serving his suspension and will hope to mark the moment with a victory



Munoz, Donati, Von Bergen,
Morganella, Barreta, Kurtic, Garcia
Ilicic, Brienza,

Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres
L'steiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Matri, Vucinic

In his four months away from the Juventus dugout, Antonio Conte's side have successfully navigated a tough Champions League group and currently top the Serie A table.

Both Massimo Carrera and Angelo Alessio have handled the reins well in his absence and the 43-year-old will be keen to show that he remains the driving force behind the Old Lady.

Nicklas Bendtner, Lucio and Simone Pepe are all absent for the trip to Palermo, who have suffered a miserable start to the campaign.

The Rosanero are down in 17th position heading into the game after mustering a measly 14 points from their first 15 games - though all three of their victories this season have come at home.

Abel Hernandez and Andrea Mantovani will both miss out through injury, with the pair not likely to feature for the forseeable future.

  • Juventus have won 11 of their 15 Serie A games without Antonio Conte in the dugout.
  • The Bianconeri have scored 32 times in those matches and conceded just 10 goals, leaving them with a goal difference of 22 - six better off than second-placed Napoli.
  • The Old Lady beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 on Wednesday, a result that saw them seal top spot in Champions League Group E.
  • Palermo finished in 16th position in Serie A last season and have been equally disappointing this time around, sitting one place worse off in 17th.
  • Fabrizio Miccoli is the Rosanero's top goalscorer with five strikes to his name in Serie A, a tally that accounts for more than a third of their 14 goals this season.
  • Palermo will be thankful for home comforts - all three of their league victories have come at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.

Players to watch

F. Miccoli

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The 33-year-old knows Serie A like the back of his hand and even as he approaches his mid-30s, the forward remains a potent threat in front of goal. He is Palermo's top goalscorer with five efforts to his name and the home side will need him to be at his best.

P. Pogba

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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After a busy week of Champions League duty and a long trip to Ukraine, there is every chance the midfield prospect could be handed his chance to shine. The former Manchester United man impressed in his fleeting appearances to date and will want to seize the opportunity if selected.

Editor's Prediction

There will be points to be proved all round with Antonio Conte looking to mark his comeback with a win and the Juventus players eager to impress their boss upon his return to the dugout. That alone will be enough to see off this struggling Palermo side.

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