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Serie A Preview: Juventus v Sassuolo

12 December 2013 18:41

Juventus will look to put UEFA Champions League elimination behind them when they host Sassuolo 24 hours later than expected on Sunday.

Antonio Conte's side were knocked of Europe's premier club competition by Galatasaray on Wednesday in their rearranged European fixture, much to the disappointment of the head coach.

The Serie A leaders' original Champions League tie was cut short on Tuesday by inclement weather in Istanbul, before the final 59 minutes were completed the next day.

They had been due to face Sassuolo in domestic action on Saturday, but their extended midweek exploits mean that their return to Serie A duties has now been pushed back 24 hours.

Juve are unbeaten in seven league matches, having kept clean sheets in each, and with Roma not playing until Monday, they could open up a six-point lead at the top with a win.

Sassuolo, meanwhile, make their first trip to Juventus hoping to extend a four-game unbeaten run away from home.

Eusebio Di Francesco's side started the season with four consecutive defeats and no win in seven matches, but have since picked up three victories and held Roma and Napoli to draws.

However, a wounded Juventus could pose a threat to their record and Conte wants his side get back to winning ways quickly.

"We have to dive back into Serie A and this disappointment has to spur us on domestically," Conte said.

"We have another two games before the Christmas break and will then start to think about the (UEFA) Europa League.

"We will try to do our best, just as we wanted to do our best in the Champions League."

Both sides have strikers in form - ironically Juventus own them both – but Sassuolo will be without their leading scorer.

Domenico Berardi – on loan from Juve – has scored five goals in his last five appearances but he will miss the trip due to suspension.

Juventus will have their top scorer Carlos Tevez available, but the Argentina international has gone four games without scoring – a record that equals the longest period he has gone without finding the back of the net for the club.

The visitors will also be without Gomes and Emanuele Terranova (both knee), while Conte continues to be without his playmaker Andrea Pirlo (knee) in the centre of midfield, and Claudio Marchisio is suspended.

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4 - 0

Competition
Serie A
Date
15 December 2013
Game week
16
Kick-off
18:30
Half-time
3 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
Venue
Juventus Stadium (Torino)
Attendance
36862

Goals

C. Tévez 15'  
1 - 0
F. Peluso 28'
(assist by C. Tévez) 
2 - 0
C. Tévez 45'  
3 - 0
C. Tévez 68'
(assist by M. Isla) 
4 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

Thursday 30 October

22:44
22:34
19:59
19:31
19:20
19:07
18:50
18:31
18:28
18:11
18:10
18:07
18:05
17:33
17:18
17:12
17:02
17:00
16:19
16:02
16:02
15:45
15:30
15:12
13:53
13:30
13:01
12:44
12:40
12:37
12:23
12:16
12:09
12:08
12:00
11:54
11:48
11:45
11:39
11:33
11:30
11:17
11:00
10:04
09:58
09:47
09:39
06:03
05:44
04:52
04:45
04:37
03:57
03:34
02:53
02:51
02:03
01:43
00:35
00:18
00:17
00:09
00:04
00:00
00:00

Wednesday 29 October

23:52
23:31
23:00
22:59
22:54
22:49
22:47
22:39
22:25
21:51
20:50
20:32
20:27
19:29
19:14
18:18
17:58
17:49
17:40
17:23
16:46
16:30
15:25
14:50
14:15
14:04
13:20
13:04
12:36
12:22
11:08
11:05
10:39
10:35
09:31
06:45
05:05
03:04
01:31
01:31
00:09
00:03

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 9 +12 22
2 9 +12 22
3 9 +7 16
4 9 +6 16
5 9 +4 16

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