Juve aims to finish 2011 on unbeaten run
Turin, Italy – Juventus remains the only unbeaten team in 1 draw with Roma on Monday which moved the club into a tie atop the league with Udinese.
Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made a crucial save on a second-half penalty kick to preserve a point for his side against Roma, but he is cautioning his teammates not to get too carried away with club's strong start.
"We were also up at the top of the league until Christmas last year," Buffon warner. "In football, a bad month is enough to leave you with a few points and many problems. This is why I'm not getting thrown off course. Also because we've played fourteen games and it's early to think of having crossed a line that could separate this present time from the past."
Juve is on a good run of form in recent weeks with five wins and two draws from its last seven games, and three points on Sunday at home against second- from-the-bottom Novara will be expected.
The visitors have claimed four points from their last five games but will be heavy underdogs in Turin on Sunday, despite Juve missing both Leonardo Bonucci and Arturo Vidal through suspension.
Udinese will host Juventus on Wednesday in a battle of the top two teams in the league, but first Antonio Conte's men must take care of Novara, while Udinese faces a tough test at fourth-place Lazio on Sunday.
AC Milan was drawn with Arsenal in the knockout round of the Champions League on Friday and the club will try to bounce back from a 2-2 draw at Bologna last weekend when the Rossoneri hosts Siena, which has lost its last three games without scoring a goal.
Napoli was also handed a tricky matchup in the round of 16 in the Champions League as the club will face Chelsea. But Napoli will first turn its attentions to a home contest with Roma on Sunday as it hopes to remain in the top five.
Palermo sits in sixth place but has earned only four points from its last four games and visits mid-table Catania on Sunday, while Inter Milan has won four of its last five games in Serie A and attempts to collect three more points at relegation-threatened Cesena.
Sunday's other matches include Bologna traveling to Genoa and Parma hosting Lecce, with Saturday's slate featuring Atalanta taking on Fiorentina and Chievo playing host to Cagliari.