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18.02. (Sat) 20:45 Juventus - Catania

Alessandro Matri - Catania-Juventus - Serie A (Getty Images)
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Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
Caceres, G'erini, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Ceglie
Matri, Quagliarella

Motta, Spolli, Legrottaglie, Marchese
Izco, Lodi, Almiron
Gomez, Bergessio, Barrientos

Juventus look likely to stick with the 3-5-2 system deployed against Parma midweek, but not without four changes in personnel. Arturo Vidal's absence is enforced due to suspension, so Emanuele Giaccherini is expected to take up a central midfield role in his absence, while Martin Caceres, Paolo De Ceglie and Fabio Quagliarella are to replace fellow trio Stephan Lichtsteiner, Marcelo Estigarribia and Mirko Vucinic.

Meanwhile for visitors Catania, coach Vincenzo Montella is set to name an unchanged XI from last weekend's 4-0 mauling of Genoa. However, Andrea Campagnolo and David Suazo remain out of contention for a little longer yet, while Ciro Capuano requites a late fitness test, and Alessandro Potenza has been ruled out for the season.


  • Catania have lost only two of their nine clashes against Juventus since their return to Serie A in 2006.
  • However, the Sicilians have managed to beat Juve only once during this time.
  • Nevertheless, Catania are unbeaten in their last three away trips to Turin.
  • Juventus have recorded goalless draws in their last two games against Siena and Parma, despite amassing a total of 24 shots on goal.
  • However, the Bianconeri remain the only side still unbeaten amongst the 'top five' European leagues.
  • No other Italian team has drawn more games than Juve so far this season.
Bore draws against Parma and Siena of late should signal a possible upset on the cards in the favour of Catania, but this writer cannot envisage yet more dropped points from the hosts, who desperately need the win in order to re-establish themselves as table-toppers. However, the potency of both sides' attacks is sure to play the deciding factor.
Editor's Prediction
Juventus 2-1 Catania