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Serie A preview: Juve look to bounce back

Juventus return to domestic duties against rock-bottom Pescara on Saturday after Tuesday’s debacle in Munich.

The Turin giants were handed a comprehensive 2-0 defeat by a Bayern Munich side seemingly on track for a second straight Champions League final.

Antonio Conte’s side were outplayed and outthought by the German outfit with Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio particularly ineffective in central midfield.

Conversely, Pescara will pose a vastly different proposition in Serie A, where Juventus have recorded four straight clean sheets and their opponents have failed to win in 11 games.

Juventus have a healthy nine-point cushion over Napoli who are at home to Genoa on Sunday.

Midfielder Blerim Dzemaili will still be buzzing from his hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Torino last weekend.

AC Milan travel to Fiorentina on the back of four straight wins and are now just two points behind Napoli in the battle for the automatic Champions League qualification.

Milan lead Fiorentina by six points and have a more potent look about them since signing Mario Balotelli, who has scored three goals in as many Serie A games.

On Saturday, Bologna take on Torino in a mid-table battle, Catania welcome Cagliari, Udinese entertain Chievo, Sampdoria host Palermo.

Elsewhere, fifth-placed Inter Milan welcome Atalanta who are battling to stay clear of the relegation zone.

In the round’s final clash, Roma host Lazio in the capital derby with Federico Balzaretti a doubt after missing training on Thursday.

The Monday meeting will have added spice given both are pushing for a top-five berth and European football.

Fri 5 April, 2013
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