Juve expecting tough Palermo test

Palermo, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Palermo will hope to continue its strong form at home when the club welcomes Serie A leaders Juventus to the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Saturday.

A 10-match unbeaten streak at home will give Giuseppe Iachini's confidence ahead of the clash, with a 3-1 win over Napoli last month providing further evidence of the team's strong home form.

Juventus has a huge showdown with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday in Germany, but first Massimiliano Allegri's side must tangle with mid-table Palermo as the Old Lady attempts to extend its 11-point lead over second-place Roma.

Allegri's men have looked a bit shaky recently with a loss to Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia and a narrow 1-0 victory against bottom-half Sassuolo on a goal from Paul Pogba in the 82nd minute.

Pogba will take no part in Saturday's match as he is out through suspension, while fellow midfielder Andrea Pirlo is struggling with a calf problem.

Juventus has drawn its last three away matches, but the club will hope to continue its run of success against Palermo as Juve has won the last five meetings between the teams, including a 2-0 win in Turin earlier this season through goals from Arturo Vidal and Fernando Llorente.

Roma has drawn its last four games in Serie A and the club aims to snap that streak and get back into the win column at home against Sampdoria on Monday.

Lazio has used a four-game winning streak to climb to third place in the table and the capital club will try to keep that momentum going with another three points at Torino, while fourth-place Napoli owns just one victory in its last four league outings and travels to Hellas Verona.

Fiorentina is four points out of a Champions League place and hosts 10th-place AC Milan on Monday, Cagliari is four points from safety and entertains Empoli, Udinese invades Atalanta, Genoa hosts Chievo, Parma travels to Sassuolo and Inter Milan plays host to second-from-the-bottom Cesena.