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The Italian top-flight resumes after a busy midweek round of action, as Luis Enrique's men travel north to face fellow strugglers Parma, while Palermo also seek a successive win



Serie A: Round 5
Preview

Table/Fixtures

Saturday SEPTEMBER 24
KO
Sunday SEPTEMBER 25
KO
Bologna - Inter
1800 Chievo - Genoa
1230
Napoli - Fiorentina
2045
Siena - Lecce
1500
AC Milan - Cesena
2045
Lazio - Palermo
1500

 
Catania - Juventus
1500


Cagliari - Udinese
1500


Atalanta - Novara
1500
all times in CET

Parma - Roma
2045


Bologna
vs Inter

                                                                      
New Inter coach Claudio Ranieri will be aiming to begin his reign at San Siro with a resounding victory at Pierpaolo Bisoli's struggling Bologna outfit, despite the hosts picking up a hard-fought point midweek against Juventus. The Coppa Italia holders are still yet to win a competitive match so the three points could provide the elusive tonic to kickstarting their season.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.
 
Napoli
vs Fiorentina

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Fideleff
Zuniga, Inler, Gargano, Dossena
Hamsik, Lavezzi
Cavani




Boruc
Cassani, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual
Munari, Montolivo, Behrami
Cerci, Jovetic, Vargas
TEAM NEWS
  • Miguel Britos and Blerim Dzemaili are ruled out, while Christian Maggio and Mario Santana have been deemed not fit enough.
  • Wednesday's 1-0 defeat against Chievo ended a run of 12 consecutive goalscoring matches for Napoli.
  • Napoli have won only one of their last five league games against Fiorentina, with no wins in their last seven meetings at San Paolo.
 
  • Per Kroldrup and Alberto Gilardino remain on the sidelines with injury, as Andrea Lazzari is not fit enough to start.
  • Fiorentina have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 away Serie A fixtures.
  • Viola coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has never beaten Napoli managerially, failing in four attempts.


AC Milan
vs Cesena

                                                                         
In similar fashion to arch-rivals Inter, the Serie A champions themselves have been futile in their attempts to pick up a first league win of the campaign, but have been handed a golden opportunity to do so against lowly Cesena, who are rock bottom of the league standings, and have lost all three fixtures so far.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.

Chievo
vs Genoa

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
  

Sorrentino
Sardo, Morero, Cesar, Jokic
Bradley, Rigoni, Hetemaj
Cruzado
Paloschi, Thereau


Frey
Bovo, Dainelli, Kaladze, Moretti
Constant, Veloso, Kucka
Jorquera
Palacio, Caracciolo

TEAM NEWS
  • Sergio Pellissier and Luciano will have late tests to prove their fitness, but Francesco Acerbi continues to be out of contention.
  • Chievo have lost only one of their last six league games on home soil.
  • They have also kept eight clean sheets in 12 games at the Bentegodi this year.
 
  • Giandomenico Mesto, Marco Rossi and Ze Eduardo are all confirmed absentees, with Luca Antonelli likely to remain on the bench.
  • Rodrigo Palacio has been directly involved in six of Genoa's seven league goals, scoring three and assisting three.
  • Genoa have only had a better start to a Serie A campaign on two occasions; 1932-33 and 2009-10.

Siena
vs Lecce

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Brkic
Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Mannini, Gazzi, D'Agostino, Brienza
Calaio, Larrondo
 


Julio Sergio
Cuadrado, Tomovic, Esposito, Mesbah
Piatti, Obodo
Giacomazzi, Bertolacci, Pasquato
Di Michele

TEAM NEWS
  • Angelo and Cristiano Del Grosso are major doubts for the visit of Lecce, so require late fitness tests.
  • Thursday's 1-1 draw at Roma extended Siena's winless run to eight matches.
  • Giuseppe Sannino's side have lost their last three games, but have never lost four Serie A games in a row.
 
  • Moris Carrozzieri is still injured, while Carlos Grossmuller starts a two-game suspension.
  • Lecce are unbeaten in seven Serie A meetings with Siena.
  • Despite losing three of their past four in the league, Lecce have won their last two away games by a 2-0 scoreline.
 
Lazio
vs Palermo

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Marchetti
Konko, Diakite, Dias, Lulic
Brocchi, Ledesma, Cana
Hernanes
Cisse, Klose

 
 

Tzorvas
Pisano, Silvestre, Migliaccio, Balzaretti
Bertolo, Barreto, Della Rocca, Zahavi
Miccoli, Hernandez
TEAM NEWS
  • Stefan Radu, Stefano Mauri and Simone Del Nero all remain sidelined, as Alvaro Gonzalez is to be decided.
  • Lazio have kept only one clean sheet in their last 10 games.
  • They have also lost two of their last three league games at home, but won both encounters with Palermo last season without conceding.
 
  • Edgar Alvarez is the only confirmed absentee, as Luca Di Matteo, Afriyie Acquah and Mauro Cetto are doubts.
  • Away from home this year, Palermo have kept a clean sheet only once.
  • Devis Mangia's men haven't beaten Lazio in their past four attempts at the Olimpico.
 
Catania
vs Juventus

                                                                       
Both of these sides will be striving to grab a victory in Sicily on Sunday, after disappointing results midweek. Antonio Conte will want to see his Juventus team show the rest of Serie A that their draw with Bologna was a mere blip, whilst his opponent Vincenzo Montella is searching for a second three-points of the campaign.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.

Cagliari
vs Udinese

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 

Agazzi
Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini
Biondini, Conti, Nainggolan
Cossu
Nene, Thiago Ribeiro




Handanovic
Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi
Basta, Isla, Pinzi, Badu-Agyemang, Armero
Torje
Di Natale

TEAM NEWS
  • Sebastian Eriksson stays out,
    as Moestafa El Kabir also continues to work towards his return.
  • This is Cagliari's best start to a Serie A campaign since 2004-05, where they also started with six points after three games.
  • Daniele Conti prepares to match Mario Brugnera's appearance record of 328 for the Rossoblu.
 
  • Damiano Ferronetti, Giovanni Pasquale and Antonio Floro Flores are all out, while Barreto faces a late bid to prove his fitness.
  • Udinese are unbeaten in their last five Serie A meetings with Cagliari.
  • The Zebrette have also failed to score at Cagliari's ground only once in their last 13 trips to Sardinia.
 
Atalanta
vs Novara

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Frezzolini
Masiello, Capelli, Manfredini, Bellini
Schelotto, Cigarini, Padoin, Bonaventura
Moralez
Denis

 


Ujkani
Dellafiore, Lisuzzo, Paci, Gemiti
Porcari, Radovanovic, Rigoni
Mazzarrani
Morimoto, Meggiorini

TEAM NEWS
  • Andrea Consigli, Stefano Lucchini and Leonardo Pettinari are all injured.
  • This is Atalanta's best start to a Serie A campaign since 2000-01.
  • Atalanta's four goals have been scored by Argentine players; Maxi Moralez scored a brace in the opening game against Genoa, while German Denis got on the scoresheet three times, against Palermo and Lecce.
 
  • Alex Pinardi and Francesco Marianini have been ruled out for the trip to Bergamo.
  • Novara have won just once in their past nine visits to Atalanta.
  • Coach Attilio Tesser recorded his first Serie A win on Tuesday against Inter; a run of 15 matches without victory.
   
Parma
vs Roma

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Mirante
Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli, Gobbi
Biabiany, Blasi, Galloppa, Modesto
Giovinco
Crespo

 
 

Lobont
Perrotta, Kjaer, Heinze, Jose Angel
Pizarro, De Rossi, Pjanic
Borriello, Osvaldo, Bojan


TEAM NEWS
  • Francesco Valiani and Graziano Pelle are both sidelined, but Sebastian Giovinco returns from a suspension, and Jonathan Biabiany is fit again to start.
  • Parma have won their last four games at the Tardini, but have failed to beat Roma in their last five home encounters.
  • Sebastian Giovinco has scored all three of Parma's goals so far this season.
 
  • Erik Lamela, Maarten Stekelenburg and Leandro Greco all continue to nurse injuries, as Fernando Gago is a doubt.
  • Roma have suffered defeat just once in their past seven games away from home.
  • Francesco Totti has scored 15 goals against Parma; more than any other Serie A side.
 

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