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  • February 27, 2011
  • • 11:30
  • • Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
  • Referee: A. Giannoccaro
  • • Attendance: 15000
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Serie A Preview: Catania - Genoa

Serie A Preview: Catania - Genoa

The Sicilian hosts need a win to stay afloat in the Italian top flight...


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The Battle Continues

Catania’s battle against relegation continues as the Sicilians remain dangerously close to the bottom-three. As a matter of fact, the Etnei are just a place and three points above third-from-bottom Brescia with 26 points from as many matches.

Catania, though, have a formidable record at home. Diego Simeone’s side have suffered just three defeats at the Angelo Massimino all season and those losses came at the hands of Juventus, Inter and Milan.

In the reverse fixture in October, Catania went down 1-0 to Genoa, and will therefore be emboldened to go for a victory this time to avenge themselves.

Running Into Form

Genoa’s 2010-11 campaign is virtually over with the Grifoni languishing in ninth place in the Serie A standings with 35 points from 26 matches. With relegation worries not bothering to haunt them and Europe looking a faraway dream, Davide Ballardini’s team has become an also-ran.

However, this isn’t deterring the Rossoblu from winning games and collecting points. Last weekend Genoa conjured up what is arguably the most shocking comeback of the league season in Italy. After going 3-0 down to Roma by the early minutes of the second-half, they scored four goals and emerged victorious 4-3.

The win was their second in a row and followed a 1-0 defeat of Sampdoria in the Genoa derby. It also saw Genoa stretch their unbeaten run in the league to four matches and they will now hope to continue that streak in Catania.



TEAM NEWS

Catania

Capuano, Biagianti, Bellusci, Martinho and Sciacca are injured for the Sicilians. Spolli is suspended.

Genoa

Destro, Konko, Chico and Milanetto are injured. Rafinha is suspended.

Players to watch

F. Lodi

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Francesco Lodi was Catania's main threat against Napoli especially in the second-half with his free-kicks and corners. The Catania number 10 will once again be looking to impose himself in the midfield and wrestle the advantage for his side in the middle of the pitch.

A. Floro Flores

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Antonio Floro Flores will start as one of the two strikers in a 4-4-2 formation and will aspire to make a good impression. The Italian forward has looked good for Genoa since joining them in January and will once again be looking to impress.

Editor's Prediction

Catania are very strong at home and Genoa would struggle for even a point. The Sicilians should eventually garner a win.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Catania

Genoa

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Calcio Catania CAT
Calcio Catania Catania
Draw
Genoa CFC GEN
Genoa CFC Genoa
33%
22%
45%

Top 3 Predictions

Calcio Catania CAT
0 - 1
Genoa CFC GEN
Calcio Catania CAT
1 - 0
Genoa CFC GEN
Calcio Catania CAT
2 - 1
Genoa CFC GEN

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