Juventus must be confident going into their midweek encounter with Catania. Oh sure, they had a rough time of it two rounds ago, pulling ahead 2-0 only to lose 4-2 to Giuseppe Rossi and Fiorentina. And their Champions League match against Real Madrid and the referee surely could've gone better. But the Old Lady made it look simple against Genoa, and their necessary three points helped them keep the pace with Napoli, even if AS Roma are looking harder and harder to catch.
Despite facing a side stumbling toward relegation, it's rumored that Juventus won't be making too many changes to the side that beat Genoa 2-0 on Sunday. Andrea Barzagli will get a rest, with Angelo Ogbonna stepping in to cover. With Stephan Lichsteiner hurt, it's likely Martín Cáceres will replace Mauricio Isla. And Claudio Marchisio comes in for Paul Pogba. Up front, it's Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tévez, although it's not like there's many for the bianconeri to choose from.
Catania, however, are facing quite a battle. Despite bringing in Gigi De Canio to replace Rolando Maran after the loss to Cagliari, the elefanti weren't able to do much of anything against Sassuolo at the weekend, playing out a goalless draw. The side still haven't gotten over the losses of Alejandro Gómez and Francesco Lodi, and have scored just six this season -- the lowest tally in Serie A. Sebastián Leto has failed to impress, Maxi López is Maxi López, and Pablo Barrientos -- scorer of half the goals -- is hurt.
In fact, the side from Sicily has so many players on the injured list that they were only able to call up twenty for the trip to Turin. Jaroslav Plašil, the Czech midfielder, is the latest to be added, so Mariano Izco will return to midfield after De Canio experimented with the captain playing at right back last match. Other than that, the starting XI should remain as it was against Sassuolo, although whether that's a positive remains to be seen.
Juventus injuries and suspensions
Catania injuries and suspensions
Juventus (3-5-2): Ogbonna, Bonucci, Chiellini; Cáceres, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Tévez, Llorente
Catania (4-3-3): Andújar; Álvarez, Gyömbér, Rolín, Biraghi; Izco, Tachtsidis, Almirón, Keko, Bergessio, Castro
Wednesday, October 30 at 8:45 p.m. local, 3:45 p.m. ET
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