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  • February 8, 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
  • • Attendance: 14000
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Serie A Preview: Catania - Roma

Serie A Preview: Catania - Roma

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Goal.com previews Saturday's sole Serie A fixture as Luis Enrique's side, fresh from a midweek Coppa Italia win over Fiorentina, look to extend their recent good run


PROBABLE LINE-UPS


CATANIA


Campagnolo
Izco, Belluschi, Legrottaglie, Spoli, Llama
Almiron, Lodi, Delvecchio
Barrientos, Lopez



ROMA


Stekelenburg
Taddei, Juan, Heinze, Jose Angel
Pjanic, De Rossi, Gago
Lamela
Bojan, Totti

Luis Enrique's Roma side are enjoying a decent run of form at the moment, but head into the match without striker Pablo Osvaldo, who is likely to be out until the beginning of March with a thigh strain. Defender Marco Cassetti is also likely to miss out.

The home side have no major injury concerns to contend with, but their problems lie with suspension. Giovanni Marchese and Marco Biagianti will be serve one-match bans in this contest.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Catania collected victory in the corresponding fixture last May, celebrating a 2-1 triumph.
  • Indeed, Roma have failed to win in their last five visits at the Stadio Angelo Massimino, stretching back to 2008.
  • However, the hosts have tasted victory in just one of their last six outings, and suffered a 2-0 defeat to Bologna last time out.
  • Roma are currently enjoying a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
  • Erik Lamela (pictured) struck a brace in midweek to help his side to a 3-0 Coppa Italia win over Fiorentina.

Players to watch

F. Lodi

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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  • 0
  • 0

The 27-year-old leads the Sicilians in scoring and has found the net twice in the past three games. The midfielder will have to add to his personal tally if Catania are to upend the Giallorossi on Saturday.

F. Totti

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
No Totti, no party. The club legend scored his first two goals of the Serie A campaign last weekend and will look to replicate that feat on Saturday against the southern Italian outfit, as the revitalised Giallorossi hope to continue their climb up the domestic table. 

Editor's Prediction

This is very much a case of two sides in contrasting form; Roma are enjoying a resurgence of late, and it is difficult to see past an away victory.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Catania

Roma

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Calcio Catania CAT
Calcio Catania Catania
Draw
AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
82%

Top 3 Predictions

Calcio Catania CAT
1 - 2
AS Roma ROM
Calcio Catania CAT
0 - 2
AS Roma ROM
Calcio Catania CAT
1 - 3
AS Roma ROM

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