Chievo Verona vs Juventus, Preview: Flying Donkeys look to add to Juve's woes

Claudio Villa

It’s been a bad week for Juventus to put it mildly. Dropped league points at home followed by a last gasp Coppa Italia elimination, plus a host of key men missing on the field for the Bianconeri’s trip to Verona.

Both Antonio Conte and Leonardo Bonucci have been given two game bans for taking their protests too far at the end of last weekend's heated 1-1 draw against struggling Genoa. Juventus were adamant they should have been given a penalty for an alleged Andreas Granqvist handball, but received nothing. Injured captain Giorgio Chiellini hobbled into the debate too as he surrounded the referee. His one game ban is a moot point, given that injury had ruled him out of this game anyway. Too many yellow cards has resulted in Mirko Vucinic joining the suspension club. The Montenegrin will just miss the one game.

A hip injury sidelines Claudio Marchisio for this game. Andrea Pirlo is back to full fitness and should regain his starting place. New signing Nicolas Anelka will likely start from the bench with Fabio Quagliarella expected to get the nod up front with Sebastian Giovinco. Quags got both the goals in a comfortable victory when the two sides met in Turin back in Week 4.

The Flying Donkeys have their tails up after last weekend's shock 1-0 win at Lazio. Eugenio Corini has guided his side into the comfort of mid-table but will likely settle for a repeat of the 0-0 from last season's corresponding fixture, given Chievo's history with the Old Lady.

Juventus have lost just one of their last nine trips to the Bentegodi. However, Chievo are unbeaten in their last eight home matches so something will have to give.

Chievo swapped goalkeepers with Palermo during the transfer window as Samir Ujkani replaced the unhappy Stefano Sorrentino. A spate of injuries rule out Gennaro Sardo, Boukary Drame, Luciano and Sergio Pellissier. Other new signings Francesco Acerbi, Mario Sampirisi and Nikolaos Spyropoulos are all ready to debut and will give Corini something to think about before kickoff.

Chievo Verona injuries and suspensions

Out: Nicolas Frey, Boukary Drame, Luciano, Perparim Hetemaj, Sergio Pellissier(injured) Mamadou Samassa (international duty)

Juventus injuries and suspensions

Out: Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Pepe, Nicklas Bendtner (injured) Kwadwo Asamoah (international duty) Leonardo Bonucci, Mirko Vucinic (suspended)

Match Date/Time: Sunday 3rd February 2013 12:30 p.m. local, 6:30 a.m. ET

Venue: Stadio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy

TV: Sky Calcio 1, Premium Calcio (Italy) RAI Internazionale, (U.S) ESPN (UK)

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