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  • January 23, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: P. Valeri
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Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Juventus

Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Juventus

The Bianconeri are back to winning ways but could struggle in Genoa...

Inconsistency Reigns Supreme

Loss, win, loss, win - Sampdoria are fast becoming an exhibition of inconsistency. The 3-0 hammering by Palermo in Sicily in their opening game of 2011 was followed by a narrow but important 2-1 defeat of Roma in Genoa.

Then came the 1-0 loss to Lazio in Rome that saw Domenico Di Carlo's side stay stagnant in mid-table with 26 points from 19 matches, a considerable eight points off a Europa League slot, the game in hand notwithstanding.

In midweek, though, the Blucerchiati were back winning, as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia by defeating Udinese 5-4 on penalties in Genoa. After dominating for most of the match, Sampdoria were forced to play extra-time after conceding a 90th minute equaliser and even went behind in the 30-minute session.

Hopes of securing a place in Europe next season is fast evaporating and one suspects that between now and the end of the campaign, it's going to be a case of consolidating a respectable mid-table position. Samp have a formidable home form, though, and will hope to have the crowd on their back as they take on fellow top-six challengers Juventus.

Winning Again But Still Shaky

Juventus' season collapsed at the turn of the year as they were destroyed by Parma and Napoli in back-to-back matches. Criticisms and doubts, so long buried under heaps of praise and optimism, began to raise their ugly heads and suddenly the Old Lady were old again. And dilapidated.

Only, they have something left in them still. Juve bounced back from their defeat in Naples with a 2-0 victory over Catania in the Coppa Italia Round of 16 tie and backed that up with a 2-1 win against relegation-threatened Bari. Those three points saw the Bianconeri remain sixth with 34 points from 20 matches, a point off a Champions League berth.

Yet the suspicion is that Juventus will continue to struggle for the remainder of the season. With their long unbeaten run broken at the start of the new year, their bubble is said to have burst and against Sampdoria in Genoa, Luigi Del Neri's team could be exposed.



TEAM NEWS

Sampdoria


Semioli, Padalino, Zauri and Gastaldello are injured and are unavailable for the clash. Pazzini and Macheda will start as the two centre-forwards in a 4-4-2 formation.

Juventus

Rinaudo, De Ceglie, Iaquinta, Quagliarella, Toni and Grosso are injured and will miss the trip to Genoa. Felipe Melo is suspended.

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Available Squads
18Gianluca CurciGoalkeeper
78Luciano ZauriDefender
14Massimo VoltaDefender
-Stefano LucchiniDefender
16Reto ZieglerDefender
-Daniele ManniniMidfielder
17Angelo PalomboMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
-Stefano GubertiMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
27Federico MachedaStriker
1Angelo Da CostaGoalkeeper
19Fabrizio CacciatoreDefender
-V. KomanMidfielder
21Daniele DessenaMidfielder
-Pietro AccardiDefender
-Nicola PozziStriker
23Fernando TissoneMidfielder
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
16Marco MottaDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
3Armand TraoréDefender
-Milos KrasicMidfielder
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
-AmauriStriker
7Simone PepeMidfielder
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
26Zdenek GrygeraDefender
30Nicola LegrottaglieDefender
-Hasan SalihamidzicMidfielder
11Fabio GrossoDefender
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
-J. MartínezMidfielder
Prediction
Sampdoria will be buoyed after their win in midweek and will make it immensely difficult for Juventus at home. The Bianconeri have started to win again but haven't looked entirely convincing; Samp could eventually collect a victory.

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