Serie A Week 11 – 10/11/10 (19.45 UK)
Brescia – Juventus
Juventus will be looking for their third successive Serie A win of the season when they face Brescia at the Rigamonti in midweek.
The Old Lady are in a decent run of form after they followed up their 2-1 win at Milan with a 3-1 home victory over Cesena.
Despite going a goal down, the injury-hit Bianconeri managed to turn things around even if Cesena made it easier for them by having a man sent-off in the first half.
Given boss Gigi Del Neri’s lack of options, he is expected to field virtually the same side which took to the field at the Olimpico. Young Danish centre-back Frederik Sorensen is likely to make way for returning centre-back Giorgio Chiellini.
Vincenzo Iaquinta may be pushing for a starting shirt after he scored as a substitute in Week 10, but Felipe Melo is doubtful after he limped off. As a result, Momo Sissoko should continue in midfield alongside the impressive Alberto Aquilani. Amauri is available again after the flu.
Juve, top scorers in the Division, arrive at the Rigamonti having conceded just two goals away from home in the League all season. That could be bad news for a Brescia side who actually have the worst home record in Serie A, along with Parma, thanks to just six points.
However, three of those points arrived in their Week 4 triumph over Roma. Although they then lost five on the spin, they showed signs of life at San Siro against Inter on Saturday when they were unlucky to come away with just a point.
Andrea Caracciolo looked decent, while Alessandro Diamanti can create with the best of them. They’ll need to be at their best if Brescia, who have lost their last two home games 1-0, are to threaten the Old Lady.
Keep an eye on: Andrea Caracciolo (Brescia) – The big target man gave Inter a few problems at the weekend. He could trouble the sometimes sloppy Leonardo Bonucci and may prove to be a testing customer for the returning Chiellini.
Last five in Serie A: Brescia (L L L L D) Juventus (D W D W W)
Last season: Not played
Top tip: Given Juventus’ injury problems and Brescia’s ability to raise their game against the big boys so far this term (Roma and Inter), don’t rule out a draw. Much will depend on who nets the first goal.
Stat fact: In 42 top-flight League games between the sides, all three of Brescia’s wins have come at home in 1965, 1993 and 2002. That last win, secured against a Marcello Lippi bossed side, was gained thanks to goals from Schopp and Tare.
Brescia (probable): Arcari; Berardi, Zebina, Martinez, Dallamano; Hetemaj, Cordova, Vass; Diamanti, Eder; Caracciolo
Juventus (probable): Storari; Motta, Bonucci, Chiellini, Grosso; Pepe, Aquilani, Sissoko, Marchisio; Quagliarella, Del Piero