Juventus – Siena : Serie A Preview

Posted on 12/03/2010

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The Bianconeri will be looking to collect maximum points at home on Sunday afternoon…..



Kick-Off: Sunday, March 14, 2010, 15:00 CET.
Stadio Olimpico, Turin, Italy.


Back In Form

Juventus’s defeat to Palermo in Turin in late February had sparked disdain and frustration among their fans but two wins out of two in all competitions since then have allayed their anger. Juventus recovered from the Palermo defeat by narrowly defeating Fiorentina 2-1 in Florence and then on Thursday evening got the better of Fulham in the  Europa League.

Juventus are fifth in  Serie A at the moment with 44 points from 27 matches and are two points behind Palermo, who are fourth. Under coach Alberto Zaccheronithe Bianconeri have recovered marvelously and indeed have lost just once since the 56-year-old year arrived in place of Ciro Ferrara.

Retaining Hope

At one point in the season Siena were doomed for relegation but at the moment there appears a slim chance that they might just escape the drop to Serie B at the end of the season.

The Tuscan side are at the foot of the table with 21 points from 27 matches and are just two points behind third-from-bottom Livorno.

Moreover, Siena have not lost in their last four league fixtures, having collected a total of eight points, including victories over Chievo and Livorno.


FORM GUIDE
Juventus

March 11 v Fulham (H) – WON 3-1 (Europa League)
March 6 v Fiorentina (A) – WON 2-1 ( Serie A)
February 28 v Palermo (H) – LOST 2-0 (Serie A)


February 25 v Ajax (H) – DREW 0-0 (Europa League)
February 21 v Bologna (A) – WON 2-1 (Serie A) 


Siena

March 7 v Parma (H) – DREW 1-1 (Serie A)

February 28 v Livorno (H) – WON 2-1 (Serie A)
February 21 v Napoli (H) – DREW 0-0 (Serie A)
February 14 v Chievo (A) – WON – 1-0 (Serie A)
February 7 v Sampdoria (H) – LOST 2-1 (Serie A)

TEAM NEWS
Juventus
Buffon, Chimenti, Amauri, Giovinco and Chiellini are unavailable for Sunday afternoon’s game while Zebina is suspended.


Probable Lineup (4-3-1-2): Manninger, Grygera, Legrottaglie, Cannavaro, Grosso; Sissoko,Felipe Melo, Marchisio; Diego; Trezeguet, Del Piero


Siena
Parravicini and Rossettini are out of the trip to Turin while Codrea, Ghezzal and Cribari are struggling with injuries.


Probable Lineup (4-1-4-1): Curci, Rosi, Cribari, Pratali, Del Grosso; Codrea; Reginaldo, Vergassola, Tziolis, Ghezzal; Maccarone

PLAYERS TO WATCH


David Trezeguet (Juventus)
The French striker has been criticised by some Juventus fans for his performance this campaign but on Thursday he was back on the scoresheet as he scored against Fulham in the Europa League. Trezeguet has struggled with injuries and poor form his campaign, which has dragged him to 834 in the Castrol Rankings, but the 32-year-old does remain one of the best and purest goalscorers in the game. His goal against Fulham will encourage him when he takes to the pitch against bottom side Siena on Sunday afternoon.


Massimo Maccarone (Siena)
The former Middlesbrough striker has been one of the few good things that have happened to Siena this season. Maccarone has been among the goals, some of them world class, and he will again be spearheading the Tuscan side’s attackline against Parma. He has 10 goals and 3 assists in 26 Serie A matches and against a not very reliableJuventus backline the 30-year-old will be looking to add to his tally.

PREDICTION
Juventus should have no problem in winning against Siena but given their defensive weakness they could easily concede a goal.

Juventus 3-1 Siena


Source: Goal.com

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