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
By Craig Turnbull
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.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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.
- Striker Fabrizio Miccoli has netted six times in Serie A and is a former Juventus player.
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Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 3-0 Palermo
- 31.45 %
Juventus 2-0 Palermo
- 23.46 %
Juventus 3-1 Palermo
- 7.55 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||May 5, 2013||Juventus 1 - Palermo 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Dec 9, 2012||Palermo 0 - Juventus 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 7, 2012||Palermo 0 - Juventus 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 20, 2011||Juventus 3 - Palermo 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Feb 2, 2011||Palermo 2 - Juventus 1|
|Apr 19, 2014||Juventus 1 - Bologna 0||ITA1|
|Apr 14, 2014||Udinese 0 - Juventus 2||ITA1|
|Apr 10, 2014||Juventus 2 - Olympique Lyonnais 1||EL|
|Apr 7, 2014||Juventus 2 - Livorno 0||ITA1|
|Apr 3, 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 0 - Juventus 1||EL|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|25||Steve von Bergen||Defender|
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,
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.
Times In BST
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