Catania may currently be last in the Serie A table, but their record so far this season at the ground where they will host Juve on Sunday, the Stadio Angelo Massimino, is a respectable one of four wins, six draws and three defeats.
The Rossazzurri have lacked consistency, though, yo-yoing between highs and lows in a situation perhaps not helped by the upheaval of manager Rolando Maran being replaced by Luigi De Canio and subsequently returning again on 15 January.
An example of Catania’s often zigzagging fortunes is as follows: in their first home game of the season they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Inter, but their first after the 2014 winter break produced an excellent performance in a 2-0 win over Bologna.
In terms of their last five results overall, the series begins well with a 3-1 success over Lazio on 16 February, but they have since recorded a draw and three defeats in the run up to Sunday’s fixture, most recently a disappointing 3-1 loss away at one of their main rivals in the fight for survival: Sassuolo.
Sassuolo 3-1 Catania, 16 March
In their last game before taking on the Bianconeri this Sunday, Catania were struck a blow in their quest for survival by a Sassuolo side who rose to their first win since early January.
The defeat at the Mapei Stadium meant Maran’s men swapped places with basement side Sassuolo to go bottom themselves.
The visitors had looked lively in the first half and struck first as Gonzalo Bergessio latched onto a ball looped over the back-line and sent it into the opposite corner, but they lost all momentum in the second 45 minutes.
After coming on at half-time, Juventus-owned striker Zaza drew the Neroverdi level before Simone Missiroli headed home his first goal of the campaign and a well-taken third by Nicola Sansone finished Catania off.