Juventus vs Sampdoria: Preview and TV schedule

Maurizio Lagana

Juventus recorded an 11th consecutive Serie A victory last weekend to set a new club record. Sampdoria were the last Italian side to defeat Juventus on their own turf just over a year ago. They hope to end the Bianconeri's latest streak when they visit Turin on Saturday evening.

Last Sunday's 4-1 victory at Cagliari last Sunday saw the Old Lady better their own previous winning run, which had been in tact for over 80 years. The win also strengthened Juve's position at the Serie A summit, keeping an eight point margin between them and second placed AS Roma.

Antonio Conte's side began the season with a 1-0 victory at Sampdoria. Carlos Tevez opened his Juve account on his Serie A debut and has since flourished. The Argentine has 11 goals coming into the weekend and shares second place in the Capocannoniere charts with Juventus owned striker Domenico Berardi.

Samp actually completed the league double over Juventus last season. A 2-1 win in Turin was followed by a 3-2 victory in Genoa on the last day of the campaign.

Sinisa Mihajlovic has lost just once in seven Serie A games since replacing Delio Rossi in late Novemeber. The Serbian has steered the club away from relegation trouble and has made the Blucerchiati hard to beat. He saw his side record a comfortable 3-0 victory at home to Udinese on Monday evening. Brazilian striker Eder grabbed a brace which took his tally up to nine goals for the season.

Juventus have no injury concerns to report. Conte welcomes defender Andrea Barzagli back from suspension and Fernando Llorente is expected to retain his strike partnership with Tevez. Despite coming off the bench to score last week, Claudio Marchisio will have to displace either Andrea Pirlo or Paul Pogba to earn a starting place.

Sampdoria make the trip without suspended pair Nenad Krsticic and Roberto Soriano, after the latter was one of three players dismissed during the Udinese game. Pedro Obiang returns from a ban and is expected to slot back into midfield. Manolo Gabbiadini will line up against his parent club in a wide position supporting the lone frontman.

Juventus injuries and suspensions

Out: None

Sampdoria injuries and suspensions

Out: Nenad Krsticic, Roberto Soriano (suspended)

Projected lineups

Juventus: (3-5-2) Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Tevez, Llorente

Sampdoria: (4-2-3-1) Da Costa; De Silvestri, Mustafi, Gastaldello, Costa; Palombo, Obiang; Gabbiadini, Bjarnason, Wszolek; Eder

Match Date/Time: Saturday 18th January 2014, 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy

TV: Premium Calcio, Sky Calcio 1, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, Sky Supercalcio HD (Italy) RAI Internazionale, beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports Play, SiriusXM FC (U.S.) BT Sport 2 (UK)

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