SCOTT PETERSON - Saturday, March 3, 2012
Michael Bradley is set to return to the starting lineup after serving a one-game suspension as his Flying Donkeys of Chievo Verona make the trip west to Turin to take on Juventus.
On paper it would definitely seem to be a tall order for Bradley and head coach Mimmo di Carlo to get anything from Saturday's match against the title contenders, but they should have some belief in getting a result as they did manage a scoreless draw in their first meeting back in November.
Furthermore, Chievo's spirits should be sky-high as the Veronan outfit is on a two game winning streak and is in a comfortable 10th place in the standings, 12 points above the first relegation spot.
Chievo's goal-by-committee attack will be without the services of Sergio Pellisier, who is suspended for this weekend's contest after picking up his fifth caution a week ago against Cesena. The Italian goal-getter has found the back of the net 4 times, as have teammates Alberto Paloschi and Davide Moscardelli, all of whom trail Cyril Thereau's 5 scores.
Juventus has been at or near the top of the standings all year, and, after last week's tie in the San Siro against Milan, Juve is sitting in second place with 50 points.
Juve will be without winger Simone Pepe and midfielder Arturo Vidal, who are unavailable for selection after each saw their fifth yellow card last week.
Head coach Antonio Conte will still have plenty of firepower to choose from with the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Fabio Quagliarella and leading goal scorer Alessandro Matri in the Juventus ranks.
Should Chievo manage to get something from the match, they could force themselves into the top half of the league standings for the first time since early October.
Kickoff is set for Saturday, March 3rd, at 8:45 local time at the brand new Juventus Arena.