This Wednesday’s fixture features two teams in the top four, each with serious ambitions of bettering their achievements of the previous two seasons. After six successive wins in Serie A since assuming his role as Juventus Coach towards the end of the 2008/09 season, Ciro Ferrara is still wondering what the fuss is all about. He not only steered his side to an automatic Champions League berth, he has also overseen a blistering start to the current season achieving a maximum haul of 12 points from their first four games, thus propelling Juve to joint-top of Serie A.
Free-scoring Genoa have had one of their best starts to a Serie A season despite coming unstuck last Sunday against Chievo. Very few, especially Ferrara, will be underestimating a side led by the highly-rated former Juve Primavera Coach Gian Piero Gasperini, who will look to repeat the result in the corresponding fixture last season, where they triumphed 3-2 in a thrilling game at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Amaranto Coach Gian Piero Gasperini will most likely field the majority of those that started in the defeat to Chievo, and will again adopt a 3-4-3 strategy. Ex-Juve forward Raffaele Palladino impressed on his long-awaited return to the side on Sunday, and will no doubt play up front alongside Giandomenico Mesto and Sergio Floccari, at the expense of Rodrigo Palacios. Spaniard Alberto Zapater has made one of the two midfield berths his own since his summer arrival, and will continue his impressive partnership with Houssine Kharja. Domenico Criscito serves a one-match ban, so misses the game against his co-owners. The Grifoni have no other injuries or suspensions to report.
15 Papastatholopoulos – 4 Esposito – 26 Bochetti
7 Rossi – 5 Kharja – 21 Zapater – 23 Modesto
20 Mesto – 33 Floccari – 10 Palladino
With one eye on the forthcoming fixture against Bologna on Saturday, followed by a Champions League match next Wednesday, Tactician Ferrara may choose to rest some players who put in a full shift in the win against Livorno. Full-back Paolo De Ceglie may be recalled to the starting line-up, however, Fabio Grosso is expected to start and continue his excellent start to his Juve career. Right-back Zdeněk Grygera is unlikely to recover in time from his thigh injury, so Martín Cáceres should get the nod ahead of the returning Jonathan Zebina. In-form Vincenzo Iaquinta starts alongside a rejuvenated David Trezéguét after the latter’s impressive outings in the last two Serie A fixtures. Sebastian Giovinco again deputises for Diego, with the Brazilian probably being rested after sustaining an injury not as serious as originally thought. The same injury rules out captain Alessandro Del Piero for the fifth Serie A game in a row, while a late fitness check will be made on Fabio Cannavaro and Tiago who missed the win on Saturday.
2 Cáceres – 33 Legrottaglie – 3 Chiellini – 6 Grosso
16 Camoranesi – 18 Poulsen – 8 Marchisio
17 Trezeguet – 9 Iaquinta
La Vecchia Signora’s Ferrara, forced to shuffle his side due to an increasing amount of injuries, will still deploy his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation. While all his players have responded in the way he wanted them to, a concern remains around Amauri who is yet to score in any of the Bianconeri’s official games this season. In contrast, Iaquinta is a striker not short on confidence or goals, already bagging three goals in five domestic and European games this season His aerial presence will pose continual problems for the Grifoni defence, so Gasperini will look to his wing-backs to track back and stop crosses from coming in. Giovinco will, again, be eager to show the Juve Tactician he’s the equal of the brilliant, but injured Diego, and will look to stamp his authority on what are important chances to impress.
Rossoblu Tactician Gasperini has the dilemma of either containing Juve or playing his favoured pressing, attacking game. His young side were off-form in the first half against Chievo, however, showed signs of real enterprise towards the end of the match. Palladino will be the man the Bianconeri defenders will look to pin down. Out of action since May, he will be fresh and has a point to prove against his co-owners and demonstrate why the Old Lady’s management were wrong not to show more faith in him.