Juventus Vs Palermo – Preview: Bianconeri Look To Continue Winning Run Against Struggling Rosanero
Sunday April 17 2016
Juventus will play against Palermo in Turin knowing a win will keep their healthy advantage at the top of the Serie A table over Napoli.
Last time out the Old Lady won 2-1 in a close game against AC Milan away from home to extend their unbeaten league run to 22 matches, whilst the visitors lost 3-0 at home to Lazio.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men will be eager to find out whether their main rivals Napoli will able to win away to Inter with anything other than a victory giving Juventus full control of the title race.
The Bianconeri have turned things around following a poor start and their steely defensive record will once again be put to the test as they have only conceded six goals all season at home in Serie A.
Palermo, on the other hand, have had a vastly contrasting season. Tempestuous chairman Maurizio Zamparini sacked a coach for the eighth time this season getting rid of Walter Novellino and re-installing Davide Ballardini.
The Rosanero have slowly slid down the table and now find themselves locked in a battle to secure the final place that will guarantee safety this season as Udinese and Sampdoria have pulled clear.
Former Palermo striker Paulo Dybala, who Juventus signed in the summer will be back from injury for this tie and will be in with a shout of beating his compatriot Carlos Tevez’s goal tally in his first season at Juventus with Dybala currently on 18 and Tevez ending his debut campaign with 21.
Robin Quaison will be suspended for the game at the Juventus Stadium and Aljaz Struna is a doubt for the visitors.
Form Guide: Juventus (W-W-W-W-W) Palermo (L-L-L-D-L)
Expected Starting XIs
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Rugani; Cuadrado, Khedira, Marchisio, Pogba, Evra; Mandzukic, Dybala
Palermo: Sorrentino; Morganella, Gonzalez, Andelkovic, Lazaar; Hiljemark, Jajalo, Chochev; Brugman; Vazquez, Gilardino