Serie A Preview: Genoa-Juventus

March 15, 2014
Serie A Preview: Genoa-Juventus

Genoa believes it can cause one of the upsets of the Serie A season by defeating runaway leadersJuventus on Sunday.

The Grifone should enter the match fresher after the Bianconeri were held to a 1-1 draw by Fiorentina in the opening leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side did not have to play in midweek and will have been encouraged by the Viola's fighting display against the reigning champions.

The underdogs will also take heart from their excellent home record, which has seen them lose just one of their last 10 Serie A fixtures.

A 2-1 defeat at Chievo last week ended a four-match unbeaten run, but Genoa's Luca Antonelli remains hopeful, despite acknowledging the size of the task.

"We will try to make the impossible possible," the defender is quoted as telling the club's website ahead of the home match.

"The difference between the two sides in terms of value and our positions in the table is clear.

"[But] there is a fantastic vibrancy around the place and that could help us stop the Bianconeri."

Genoa defensive duo Sime Vrsaljko and Alessandro Gamberini will miss through injury, while Juraj Kucka, Luca Antonini and Antonio Donnaruma are also expected to be absent. Ghanaian Isaac Cofie is suspended.

Alberto Gilardino is available for selection, though, and the former AC Milan forward has netted 12 goals in 26 league matches this season.

Juventus, however, has only lost once in Serie A this season and leads second-placed Roma by 14 points.

Antonio Conte will ask his side for a response after their disappointing draw on Thursday and his side is in great league form.

Juve has won its last four Serie A encounters, conceding just one goal in the process, and beat Genoa 2-0 in Turin in October.

Andrea Pirlo will return from a one-match Serie A suspension for Juve, which is likely to recall Carlos Tevez, with the Argentine not featuring against Fiorentina on Thursday.