Game: Juventus – Torino
Date: 23 February, Sunday 2014 year
Start time: 17:30 GMT
High-flying Turin rivals Juventus and Torino clash in the most eagerly anticipated Derby della Mole in more than a decade. Before this match Juventus is on 1st position in the standings with 63 points, while Torino is 6th position with 36 points.
The Bianconeri returned to the winners list against Chievo last Sunday. The game looked to be taking the same pattern as against Verona seven days earlier – two early goals, from Kwadwo Asamoah and Claudio Marchisio – followed by the Gialloblu making Juve sweat. Yet they would not squander the lead this time. After Martin Caceres’ own goal, Fernando Llorente nodded home the third.
Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Pepe and Mirko Vucinic will not take part in the Mole showdown, while Andrea Barzagli may only be fit enough for the bench.
Torino are enjoying their best campaign in more than two decades. A shock loss to Bologna aside, the Granata are flying. Last Monday they recovered from Luca Toni’s first half penalty to win 3-1 at Verona. Ciro Immobile, Alessio Cerci and Omar El Khaddouri all netted in a devastating 12 minute blitz to see Toro climb to joint sixth position.
Alessandro Gazzi and Paulo Barreto are sidelined through injury, otherwise it’s mostly the same XI which has shot Toro into European contention.
Torino’s only Juventus Stadium visit ended in a heavy three-goal defeat. In Juventus-hosted derbies, the Old Lady hold a commanding lead of 34 wins to 16, with 18 draws.
Juventus (probable): Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Tevez, Llorente
Torino (probable): Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Darmian, Vives, Farnerud, El Kaddouri, Masiello; Cerci, Immobile
Facts before match:
Juventus have won their last 12 home matches in Serie A.
Juventus have kept a clean sheet in their last 9 matches against Torino in all competitions.
Juventus have been drawing at half time and winning at full time in their last 5 matches against Torino in all competitions.
Juventus have scored at least 3 goals in their last 5 home matches in Serie A.