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Sunday January 5 2014
Line-ups: Chievo-Cagliari

The opening Serie A match of 2014 is a Chievo-Cagliari relegation tussle with surprise changes.

It kicks off at the Stadio Bentegodi in Verona at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Eugenio Corini won his first three games in charge of Chievo, but ended the year losing two on the bounce.

He has Sergio Pellissier back in attack to partner Cyril Thereau, so birthday boy Alberto Paloschi is on the bench.

Simone Bentivoglio gets the nod ahead of Ivan Radovanovic in midfield.

Cagliari give ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Adan Garrido his Serie A debut, as Michael Agazzi is frozen out due to a contract dispute.

Nene is suspended in attack with Sebastian Eriksson a long-term injury, but Radja Nainggolan starts perhaps one of his final games in a Rossoblu jersey.

Marco Sau and Andrea Cossu support striker Mauricio Pinilla, hoping to end the Cagliari taboo of never winning a Serie A game here.

Chievo: Puggioni; Sardo, Frey, Dainelli, Cesar, Drame; L Rigoni, Hetemaj, Bentivoglio; Thereau, Pellissier

Cagliari: Adan; Pisano, Rossettini, Astori, Murru; Ekdal, Conti, Nainggolan; Cossu; Sau, Pinilla

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