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Serie A

  • February 13, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena, Siena
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 9288

Serie A Preview: Siena - Roma

Serie A Preview: Siena - Roma

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The Giallorossi have turned a corner in recent weeks with a string of impressive performances but face stubborn opposition in the form of Giuseppe Sannino's plucky outfit


Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Giorgi, Vergassola, Gazzi, Brienza
Destro, Calaio

Rosi, Juan, Heinze, Taddei
Simplicio, Viviani, Pjanic
Borini, Lamela

The status quo is in the offing for Siena, who are expected to name an unchanged lineup from the XI that battled to a valiant 0-0 draw with Serie A leaders Juventus last Sunday. However, Zejlko Brkic and Francesco Bolzoni still require around a further fortnight to regain full fitness.

Meanwhile, for the visitors, Roma, coach Luis Enrique is set to make just two changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Catania midweek, as Simon Kjaer and Daniele De Rossi, who is suspended, are to be replaced by Gabriel Heinze and Federico Viviani.

However, Nicolas Burdisso and Pablo Osvaldo remain on the sidelines with injury, but should be back in contention by next week at the earliest.

  • Siena earned their first point in four meetings against Roma in the reverse fixture this season.
  • The Tuscan side are winless in their last four games, scraping to just one win in 12.
  • However, they are unbeaten in their last three home games, including the emphatic 4-0 drubbing of Lazio.
  • Roma have scored in nine consecutive fixtures and boast Serie A's most prolific attack, with 36 goals scored.
  • The Giallorossi have suffered just one defeat in their last nine matches.
  • Roma shared points away from home for the first time on Wednesday in their 1-1 draw with Catania.
  • These two sides drawn only twice in 15 meetings to date, but the Giallorossi lead the way with nine wins head-to-head.

Players to watch

E. Calaiò

Position: Attacker

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The former Napoli forward has hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks, scoring an impressive four goals in his past five matches, including a memorable brace in the 4-0 demolition of Lazio. However, having fired blanks in six previous matches, the pressure is on for Calaio to sustain his midas touch against Maarten Stekelenburg, after failing to pose much of a problem for Gianluigi Buffon last week.

F. Borini

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The young attacker saw his stock rise immeasurably last week with a fine brace in a 4-0 win over Inter, so all eyes will be on Borini to deliver the goods once again. His performance against the Nerazzurri was no flash in the pan, either, having already registered six goals this season for Luis Enrique's side, and with the likes of Pjanic and Totti on hand to provide the ammunition, he will try to make full use of his clinical finishing ability.

Editor's Prediction

Despite bagging a deserved point against Juventus last week, Roma will pose an extremely different type of threat to that of the Old Lady, and it is their array of technically-gifted midfielders and forwards that may prove too much for the new boys to contain for 90 minutes.

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