Serie A Preview: Juventus travel to Milan full of optimism.

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 14.47.27 by LIAM RICHNER

Milan host Champions Juventus at the San Siro as the top two in the league clash on Saturday night. 

It’s a return to the Rossoneri for Juve coach Maximiliano Allegri, but the league leaders are missing a long list of first team players through injury.

Mario Mandzukic, Giorgio Chiellini, Kwadwo Asamoah, Daniele Rugani and Marko Pjaca are the players all set to miss out; with just Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain the only fit strikers.

16-year old prodigy Moise Kean could be a shock contender to make an appearance for the Champions.

The centre forward is growing a rather big reputation over in Turin and could be the first player born in the year 2000 to feature in a Serie A fixture.

Carlos Bacca is set to return to the Milan starting lineup after being rested last weekend.

The 30-year old Colombian has been crucial in Milan’s rise up the league in recent weeks, and after a little refresh, could be set to add to his six goals so far this season.

However, the record books are not in the Rossoneri’s favour. The Milan outfit haven’t beaten Juventus in their last 9 meetings in all competitions.

If one team was in need of goals, then it’s Empoli.

The Tuscans have found the net just twice in their opening eight matches- a record only matched in the top five leagues in Europe by Hamburg.

With both of those goals coming against Crotone, it means at confidence in the final third has been eradicated.

The summer signing of veteran striker Alberto Gilardino has done nothing to rectify Empoli’s attacking problems.

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Alberto Gilardino joined in the summer but has found life difficult at Empoli. (Image Credit: tuttosport.com)

Their opponents this weekend are Chievo, who themselves have struggled to fire on all cylinders in front of goal.

But Rolando Maran’s men have already shocked Inter this season, and have a good enough side to win this one also.

Cagliari are one of the league’s form sides, having won four of their last five.

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Cagliari players celebrate last weekend’s win over Inter. (Image Credit: miamiherald.com)

The newly promoted outfit beat Inter at the San Siro last weekend and will be full of confidence ahead of their match against Fiorentina.

La Viola have only two victories to their name so far in Serie A and need to find some sort of consistency if they are to fight for one of the ever precious Champions League spots.

Cagliari have won three of the past five meetings between these teams, so for Paulo Sousa the frustration might go on a little longer.

OTHER FIXTURES

Atalanta v Inter Milan

Bologna v Sassuolo

Crotone v Napoli

Roma v Palermo

Sampdoria v Genoa

Torino v Lazio

Udinese v Pescara

 

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