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Bologna vs Juventus Preview

March 15, 2013 By Gregory Sica
The Italian champions will be looking to continue their quest towards glory when they travel to the Dall'Ara to do battle with in-form hosts Bologna.

Italian league leaders Juventus will be after the three points when they make the trip to Bologna in what is expected to be a tight game against the hosts on Saturday.

The defending champions lead the competition with 62 points after 28 rounds, nine points ahead of second-placed Napoli, with 53, and no less than eleven points ahead of third-placed AC Milan, with 51 points.

Juventus are more than aware of the fact that if they continue to rack up the three points in the following rounds of the competition, they will cruise to back-to-back league championships.

Antonio Conte, the coach of Juventus, will be delighted by the fact that he will be able to field his strongest-possible starting eleven against Bologna. Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, arguably one of Juventus' most important players, will return to action after missing out on the win over Catania through suspension.

Vidal will likely take the place of French midfielder Paulo Pogba, as La Vecchia Signora set out for their 20th league victory of the season.

Conte, however, won't be able to count with the services of Simone Pepe, Nicklas Bendtner and Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres, as all three players are injured.

The coach has confirmed that Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic will be his desired strike-force, with Alessandro Matri having to wait for his opportunity from the bench.

Meanwhile, rivals Bologna have just one selection concern, with defender Frederik Sorenson missing out through injury. It is yet to be known whether Naldo or Nicolo Cherubin will take the vacant position.

Bologna, who will be looking for their fourth league victory on the trot, have few big names in their squad, but will still rate their chances of upsetting the Italian champions.

Alberto Gilardino, Bologna's most high-profile player, will enter the game as the lone striker, and will be desperate to find the back of the net.

Bologna's last four matches

Mar 10, 2013: Inter 0-1 Bologna (Serie A)

Mar 3, 2013: Bologna 3-0 Cagliari (Serie A)

Feb 26, 2013: Bologna 2-1 Fiorentina (Serie A)

Feb 17, 2013: Catania 1-0 Bologna (Serie A)

Juventus' last four matches

Mar 10, 2013: Juventus 1-0 Catania (Serie A)

Mar 6, 2013: Juventus 2-0 Celtic (UEFA Champions League)

Mar 1, 2013: Napoli 1-1 Juventus (Serie A)

Feb 24, 2013: Juventus 3-0 Siena (Serie A)

Facts

- Juventus are unbeaten in their last five games against Bologna, with two wins and three draws.

- The last time Bologna beat Juventus at home was back in 1998, 3-0.

Prediction

Bologna 1-1 Juventus


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