Serie A Week 28 – 14/3/10 (14.00 UK)
Juventus – Siena
Juventus must be especially careful if they are to avoid a big potential banana skin this weekend against Siena.
Siena may be bottom of the League and in serious danger of relegation, but what seemed like mission impossible not too long ago is starting to appear possible thanks to Coach Alberto Malesani.
The tactician has the look of a mad scientist with his mop of black and white hair – and his kamikaze methods are certainly unconventional. The Robur start each game with three strikers, and even ended up with five on the field when they came from behind to beat local rivals Livorno in Week 26. Malesani’s risk taking seems to be paying off, as his side have won their last two away games and are now only five points from safety.
Siena’s gaggle of frontmen could be particularly troublesome against a three-man defence, so expect Zaccheroni to use the 4-3-1-2 system which has served him well in recent weeks.
Nonetheless the Bianconeri should be in confident mood following their impressive triumph away to fierce rivals Fiorentina last weekend, as well as their 3-1 thumping of Fulham in Europe. Their hope will be that three points from this fixture will be coupled with a Palermo slip up away to Udinese, allowing them to overtake the Rosanero and return to fourth place.
Juventus recorded a 1-0 victory when these teams met at the Olimpico last season, Alessandro Del Piero’s free-kick proving decisive.
Key men Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Amauri are still struggling with injury for Juve, while Jonathan Zebina is suspended. Siena’s only absentees are Luca Rossettini and Francesco Parravicini.
Keep an eye on: Diego (Juventus) – Although he isn’t quite the same player we saw work wonders at Werder Bremen, Diego definitely seems to be finding his feet in Serie A, and is becoming a reliable source of goals.
Last five in Serie A: Juventus (D W W L W) Siena (L W D W D)
Last season: Juventus 1-0 Siena
Juventus (probable): Manninger; Grygera, Cannavaro, Legrotagglie, Grosso; Felipe Melo, Sissoko, Marchisio, Diego; Trezeguet, Del Piero
Siena (probable): Curci; Rosi, Cribari, Pratali, Del Grosso; Codrea, Vergassola, Tziolis; Reginaldo, Ghezzal, Maccarone
Ref: To follow…