Juventus enter their city derby with Torino this weekend following two wins after back-to-back draws in Serie A and the Champions League, respectively. However, these recent victories have been somewhat lacklustre in nature.
Torino are unbeaten in their last three games, taking five points, but the Granata might feel they should have taken maximum points in this run, as they had the lead against Milan and Hellas Verona.
It has been 14 matches since Torino were able to win the Turin Derby, a spell that stretches all the way back to 1995, so Toro will be desperate to break this record.
The Bianconeri have bigger fish to fry next week, though, with Galatasaray in the Champions League, a match that is massively important after the stuttering start in Copenhagen.
Giampiero Ventura will hope that Antonio Conte rests several players and that his side can catch the Old Lady cold.
Time: 11:30 GMT (6:30 a.m. ET)
TV: BT Sport
Torino team news:
Marcelo Larrondo remains the only long-term absentee through injury; the former Siena striker is out with a foot injury.
Alessandro Gazzi, Paulo Barreto and Jean-Francois Gillet are all out still through suspension.
Ciro Immobile was left out against Hellas as a precaution after a bout of fever, but the Azzurrini striker will be expected to come back into the lineup.
Ventura rested several other players midweek in anticipation, so we can expect Omar El Kaddouri, Giuseppe Vives, Kamil Glik and Matteo Brighi to return from the start in the Derby.
Lastly, star player Alessio Cerci, who has been struggling with fitness lately, will continue to shake off his knock to inspire the Granata with his scorching-hot form—scoring five times in as many games so far this season.
Probable lineup: Daniele Padelli; Kamil Glik, Cesare Bovo, Emiliano Moretti; Matteo Darmian, Matteo Brighi, Giuseppe Vives, Omar El Kaddouri, Danilo D'Ambrosio; Alessio Cerci, Ciro Immobile.
Juventus team news:
Simone Pepe, Martin Caceres and third-choice goalkeeper Rubinho are still out with injury.
Doubts remain as to whether Conte will rest players ahead of the Champions League, though.
Leonardo Bonucci, Arturo Vidal, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Kwadwo Asamoah and Carlos Tevez were handed rests on their trip to Verona, yet it is not definite that the Bianconeri will field their strongest team here, given the emphasis of the Champions League on their season.
Probable lineup: Gianluigi Buffon; Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal, Kwadwo Asamoah; Carlos Tevez, Mirko Vucinic.
Key Battle: Alessio Cerci vs. Leonardo Bonucci
Cerci has started the season in sensational form and is probably the best player in Serie A when carrying the ball at his feet.
With electric pace and the ability to keep the ball glued to his boot as he eats up the ground, opponents can rarely keep pace when the former Fiorentina star gets going.
Bonucci is adept at reading the game and also possesses speed himself, so it will be crucial to Juve's chances of winning to stifle Toro's danger man.
Cerci's form has carried over from last season, and he appears to relish the prominent role he has been handed by Ventura at Toro.
With license to roam across the front line and the ability to find his strike partner Immobile from any angle, due to his wand of a left boot, Toro's hopes rest solely on the 26-year-old.
A great performance against the champions will surely prompt Cesare Prandelli into considering whether to incorporate Cerci into his starting lineup in the remaining World Cup qualifiers, especially now that the Azzurri are already qualified.
When Bonucci steps out from the back to build Juve's play, he will find Cerci snapping at his heels from his role in the hole between the Old Lady's defence and midfield.
If Cerci can unsettle Bonucci when Juve have possession and disrupt the flow of his distribution, Torino stand a chance of creating an upset.
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