NEWS
Sunday December 9 2012
Line-ups: Palermo-Juventus

Antonio Conte is back on the Juventus touchline after four months out and picks Alessandro Matri to take on Palermo’s Fabrizio Miccoli.

The Coach has always maintained his innocence in the betting scandal and is fired up for his first appearance on the bench this season.

The Stadio Barbera is said to be two-thirds full of Juve supporters this afternoon, as there is a huge community of Bianconeri fans in Sicily.

Sebastian Giovinco is suspended, while Martin Caceres, Mauricio Isla, Luca Marrone, Lucio and Simone Pepe are injured.

This means that Matri is given a rare run-out in attack alongside Mirko Vucinic, while Kwadwo Asamoah starts on his birthday.

Palermo are without long-term absentees Abel Hernandez and Andrea Mantovani, but welcome back Miccoli and Massimo Donati from their bans.

Franco Brienza is surprisingly benched, so the midfield is bolstered instead.

The Sicilians were very unlucky to lose 1-0 at Inter last week with a Santiago Garcia own goal.

Palermo: Ujkani; Munoz, Donati, Von Bergen; Pisano, Morganella, Barreto, Kurtic, Garcia; Ilicic; Miccoli

Palermo bench: Benussi, Cetto, Viola, Dybala, Bertolo, Milanovic, Zahavi, Giorgi, Labrin, Budan, Arevalo Rios, Brienza

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Matri, Vucinic

Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, De Ceglie, Padoin, Pogba, Giaccherini, Quagliarella, Bendtner

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