Juventus hope to win for absent friends

Napoli's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is the league's top scorer on 17 goals, but Parma midfielder Marco Marchionni warned: "When we face the big teams we always give a little more, and maybe we need this at this time." Lazio's 1-1 draw with Juventus in the first leg semi-final of the Italian Cup in midweek was their second in a week after they were held 2-2 by Palermo last Sunday.

updated: January 25, 2013 12:50 IST
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Milan: Juventus host Genoa hoping the possible absence of key players has the same effect as it did last week when the champions hit four past Udinese to open up a five-point gap at the top of Serie A.

Juve were without several key players, including midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio, last week but ran out 4-0 winners after French teenager Paul Pogba hit two superb goals.

With title rivals Napoli and Lazio both being held, Juve stretched their lead and are favourites to do so again against a Genoa side which has just replaced sacked coach Gigi Del Neri with Davide Ballardini.

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