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October 24, 2010 2:00 PM BST
Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris — Genova
Referee:‬ C. Russo‎
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Serie A Preview: Genoa – Catania

The Grifone are gradually pulling themselves out of the messy situation but defeating the Sicilians will not be easy…

By Subhankar Mondal

Luca Toni - Genoa-Bari - Serie A (Getty Images)

Escaping The Trouble

Genoa have had a very bad start to the 2010-11 season and coach Gian Piero Gasperini is under pressure to deliver. The Grifone, who splashed the cash in the summer to allow themselves to compete for a top four finish in Serie A, are struggling in 11th place at the moment, with just eight points from seven matches.

More worryingly for Gasperini, club patron Enrico Preziosi is reportedly not happy with the situation and wants his coach to repair the damage as soon as possible. The Grifone have been largely inconsistent so far with several of the big name players failing to perform; there have been a number of injuries too which have hampered the creation of a new identity of the Genoa team.

In midweek Genoa needed extra-time to defeat Grosseto at home in a Coppa Italia tie. Genoa will be expected to perform better than they did then when they welcome Catania on Sunday.

Going Strong And Steady

Catania are still in danger of battling for survival as the season progresses but the Sicilians are doing their best to avoid that situation. At the moment Marco Giampaolo’s side are ninth in the table with nine points from seven matches.

Of course, the congested league table and the competitive nature of the Italian top flight means that Catania are just a couple of points above third-from-bottom Udinese but there are several clubs in a similar situation.

Nevertheless, Catania should tread with caution as they have failed to win a single away game in the league so far this season and have also conceded four times on their travels.



The Grifone have a host of injury concerns as they are without Jankovic, Veloso, Palacio and Kharja. Genoa will field a 3-4-3 system again in which Luca Toni will be the targetman flanked by Sculli and Rudolf.


Augustyn and Ledesma are unavailable for the trip to Genoa because of injuries. The Sicilians will play with just Maxi Lopez as the striker; Mascara, Izco, Biagianti and Ricchiuti will be the four attack-minded midfielders and Carboni will be responsible for protecting the backfour.

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Last Five Matches
Apr 19, 2014Genoa 1 - Cagliari 2ITA1
Apr 13, 2014Torino 2 - Genoa 1ITA1
Apr 7, 2014Genoa 1 - AC Milan 2ITA1
Mar 30, 2014Hellas Verona 3 - Genoa 0ITA1
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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
Team News
Available Squads
3Dario DainelliDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
-Omar MilanettoMidfielder
-Marco RossiMidfielder
4Domenico CriscitoDefender
-Gergely RudolfStriker
9Luca ToniStriker
17Raffaele PalladinoStriker
-Alessio ScarpiGoalkeeper
24Emiliano MorettiDefender
40Nenad TomovicDefender
20Franco ZuculiniMidfielder
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
22Mattia DestroStriker
-Kakhaber KaladzeDefender
21Mariano AndújarGoalkeeper
3Nicolás SpolliDefender
33Ciro CapuanoDefender
-Alessandro PotenzaDefender
26Matías SilvestreDefender
13Mariano Julio IzcoMidfielder
27Marco BiagiantiMidfielder
-Alejandro GómezMidfielder
46Giuseppe MascaraStriker
7Maxi LópezStriker
-Andrea CampagnoloGoalkeeper
22Pablo ÁlvarezDefender
-Gennaro DelvecchioMidfielder
-Cristian LlamaMidfielder
-Ezequiel CarboniMidfielder
-Mirko AntenucciStriker
-Adrian RicchiutiMidfielder
Players to Watch
Luca Toni
Luca Toni
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
30 18 4 0

Luca Toni has been in good form for Genoa so far this season, with two goals and two assists in six Serie A appearances. The 33-year-old veteran Italian striker will be crucial on Sunday against Catania as he will be looking to make use of his stature and experience against an essentially relegation candidates.

Maxi López
Maxi López
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
9 1 2 1

Maxi Lopez hasn’t really made a great impact so far this season as he has scored just once in seven league appearances. However, the Argentine is one of the better players for Catania and his presence upfront will be important in ripping apart the Genoa defence line.

Probable Lineups
Eduardo 0
Chico 4
Dario Dainelli 3
Andrea Ranocchia 23
Rafinha 13
Omar Milanetto 0
Marco Rossi 0
Domenico Criscito 4
Gergely Rudolf 0
Luca Toni 9
Raffaele Palladino 17
Mariano Andújar 21
Nicolás Spolli 3
Ciro Capuano 33
Alessandro Potenza 0
Matías Silvestre 26
Mariano Julio Izco 13
Marco Biagianti 27
Martinho 6
Alejandro Gómez 0
Giuseppe Mascara 46
Maxi López 7
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