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September 26, 2010 2:00 PM BST
Stadio Angelo Massimino — Catania
Referee:‬ G. Gava‎
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Serie A Preview: Catania - Bologna

The Sicilians are flying high in the table...

By Subhankar Mondal

Matias Silvestre - Catania-Cesena - Serie A (Getty Images)
In The Top Four

At the start of the season Catania were expected to struggle for survival in the Italian top flight but so far it's been a different story altogether. At the moment, after four rounds of matches in Serie A the Sicilians are fourth in the table with seven points, just three behind Italian champions and current league leaders Inter.

Catania became the first side to inflict a defeat on newly promoted Cesena in midweek as they won 2-0 at home. Marco Giampaolo's side have won both their matches at the Stadio Angelo Massimino and will be confident of winning yet again on Sunday when Bologna come to town.

Mid-Table Comfort

Like Catania, Bologna too were expected to fight for their lives in Serie A and although they have not been going as strongly as the Sicilians, they do seem to have made a steady start.

At the moment Alberto Malesani's side are 12th in the league standings with five points from four matches. In midweek the Felsinei defeated Udinese 2-1 at home.

However, Bologna have a mixed record away from home as they have conceded five goals on their travels but two of them came in a 2-2 draw with Roma in Rome.



Sciacca is out for the Sicilians.

Probable Lineup (4-3-1-2): Andujar, Potenza, Silvestre, Spolli, Capuano; Izco, Carboni, Biagianti; Ricchiuti; Lopez, Mascara


Morleo, Pisanu, Busce, Paponi, Ekdal and Della Rocca are out injured for the visitors.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Viviano, Esposito, Portanova, Moras, Rubin; Casarini, Mudingay, Perez; Gimenez, Di Vaio, Siligardi

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Last Five Matches
Apr 19, 2014Catania 2 - Sampdoria 1ITA1
Apr 13, 2014AC Milan 1 - Catania 0ITA1
Apr 6, 2014Catania 1 - Torino 2ITA1
Mar 31, 2014Udinese 1 - Catania 0ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Catania 2 - SSC Napoli 4ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Juventus 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
Apr 13, 2014Bologna 1 - Parma 1ITA1
Apr 5, 2014FC Internazionale 2 - Bologna 2ITA1
Mar 29, 2014Bologna 0 - Atalanta 2ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Chievo 3 - Bologna 0ITA1
Team News
Available Squads
13Emiliano VivianoGoalkeeper
8Gyorgy GaricsDefender
90Daniele PortanovaDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
-Matteo RubinDefender
-Massimo MutarelliMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
16Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
26Luca SiligardiMidfielder
9Marco Di VaioStriker
-H. GiménezStriker
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
18Vangelis MorasDefender
-Andrea EspositoDefender
8Ivan RadovanovicMidfielder
69Riccardo MeggioriniStriker
-Federico CasariniMidfielder
Players to Watch
Maxi López
Maxi López
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
9 1 2 1
Maxi Lopez was on target against Cesena in midweek and he seems to have rediscovered his scoring boots. The Argentine was majorly responsible for the Sicilians' recovery in the second half of 2009-10 and he will be keen to etch his name on the scoresheet once again.
Marco Di Vaio
Marco Di Vaio
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Di Vaio found the winner against Udinese in midweek and the veteran striker is back into business. The 34-year-old has netted thrice and provided one assist in four league fixtures and he will be a tough one to beat on Sunday.
Probable Lineups
Mariano Andújar 21
Alessandro Potenza 0
Matías Silvestre 26
Nicolás Spolli 3
Giovanni Marchese 15
Marco Biagianti 27
Ezequiel Carboni 0
Pablo Ledesma 8
Alejandro Gómez 0
Maxi López 7
Giuseppe Mascara 46
Emiliano Viviano 13
Gyorgy Garics 8
Daniele Portanova 90
Miguel Angel Britos 5
Matteo Rubin 0
Massimo Mutarelli 0
Diego Pérez 15
Gaby Mudingayi 16
Luca Siligardi 26
Marco Di Vaio 9
H. Giménez 0
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
15 0