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The second week of the Italian top-flight in action sees high-flying Atalanta and Palermo lock horns, while Parma seek to bounce back from last weekend's heavy defeat to Juventus



Serie A: Round 3
Preview

Table/Fixtures

Saturday SEPTEMBER 17
KO
Sunday SEPTEMBER 18
KO
Cagliari - Novara
1800 Atalanta - Palermo
1200
Inter - Roma
2045 Udinese - Fiorentina
1500


Siena - Juventus
1500
    Parma - Chievo
1500
    Lazio - Genoa
1500
    Catania - Cesena
1500
    Bologna - Cesena
1500
all times in CET
  Napoli - AC Milan
2045

Cagliari
vs Novara

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
  
 
Agazzi 
Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini 
Biondini, Nainggolan, Conti
Cossu
 El Kabir, Nene 

 
  

Ujkani
Novara (probable): Ujkani; Morganella, Paci, Ludi, Gemiti; Marianini, Porcari, Rigoni; Pinardi; Granoche, Morimoto
Morganella, Paci, Ludi, Gemiti
Marianini, Porcari, Rigoni
Pinardi
Granoche, Morimoto

TEAM NEWS
  • Injured midfielder Sebastian Eriksson is the only absentee for the Sardinians.
  • This will be the first-ever meeting between Cagliari and Novara in Serie A
  • Cagliari had gone seven league games without a win prior to their victory over Roma.
 
  • Striker Riccardo Meggiorini is Novara's only injury victim.
  • Attilio Tesser is yet to oversee a win in the Italian top-flight in 13 attempts.
  • Last season in Serie B, Novara conceded only 21 goals on the road; the joint-lowest in the league.

Inter
vs Roma

                                                                  
Saturday's late kick-off sees two of Calcio's perennial giants face off in what promises to be a mouthwatering clash at San Siro. Both teams have endured poor starts to the new season, with Gian Piero Gasperini and Luis Enrique seemingly desperate to allay some of the pressure that continues to overshadow their respective managerial positions.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.
 
Atalanta
vs Palermo

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
  

Consigli
Masiello, Lucchini, Manfredini, Peluso
Schelotto, Cigarin, Padoin, Bonaventura
Moralez
Denis

 
  

Tzorvas,
Pisano, Silvestre, Migliaccio, Balzaretti
Alvarez, Barreto, Della Rocca, Ilicic
Hernandez, Miccoli
TEAM NEWS
  • Ferreira Pinto, Michele Ferri and Nadir Minotti are all out of contention with injury.
  • Atalanta have taken just two points from their last four meetings with Palermo.
  • Striker German Denis is yet to score in six games against the Rosanero.
 
  • Igor Budan and Luca Di Matteo are Palermo's only unavailable performers.
  • Palermo are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Atalanta, winning four of them.
  • The Sicilians have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 Serie A fixtures on the road.
 
Udinese
vs Fiorentina

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
  

Handanovic
Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi
Isla, Badu, Pinzi, Asamoah, Armero
Torje
Di Natale

 
  

Boruc
Cassani, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual
Behrami, Montolivo, Lazzari
Cerci, Gilardino, Jovetic
TEAM NEWS
  • Udinese will be without the services of Andrea Coda, Damiano Ferronetti and Antonio Floro Flores through injury.
  • Udinese have come out on top in four of their last five games against Fiorentina at the Friuli.
  • However, at home the Friulani have won only one of the last four (2-1 vs Lazio in May).
 
  • Fiorentina won't be able to call on Per Kroldrup or Nikola Gulan, both of whom are nursing injuries.
  • The Viola have suffered defeat just once in their past seven Serie A games.
  • Alberto Gilardino has scored 13 goals against Udinese, a personal high against top-flight opposition.
Siena
vs Juventus

                                                                  
Giuseppe Sannino's newly-promoted hosts started the new campaign with an impressive point at Catania, but not nearly as much as Antonio Conte's Juventus, who put in a virtuoso performance to down Parma 4-1 last weekend and send out a warning shot to their league rivals that they are more motivated than ever to challenge for honours.

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Parma
vs Chievo

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
  
Mirante
Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli, Rubin
Biabiany, Morrone, Galloppa, Modesto
Giovinco
Floccari
 
  
Sorrentino
Frey, Andreolli, Cesar, Jokic
Bradley, L.Rigoni, Hetemaj
Cruzado
Pellissier, Paloschi
TEAM NEWS
  • Danilo Pereira will face a late fitness test to discover whether he is fit enough to feature against the Flying Donkeys.
  • Their 4-1 reverse at Juventus on matchday one was their first since 1992.
  • However, Parma have won their last three Serie A matches at home.
 
  • Francesco Acerbis is Domenico Di Carlo's only absence, as Rinaldo Cruzado and Michael Bradley prepare to make their debuts.
  • Chievo have won just once during their past four away outings.
  • There have been no goals in any of these sides' past two meetings.
Lazio
vs Genoa

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
  

Marchetti
Konko, Biava, Dias, Zauri
Ledesma, Brocchi
Mauri, Hernanes, Cisse
Klose



Frey
Mesto, Bovo, Kaladze, Antonelli
Rossi, Kucka, Veloso, Constant
Caracciolo, Palacio
TEAM NEWS
  • Stefan Radu and Lorik Cana remain on the sidelines, as Edy Reja is set to name an unchanged squad from their trip to AC Milan.
  • Lazio are unbeaten against Genoa in their past seven Serie A meetings.
  • At the Olimpico, they have lost just one of their past 17 games against the Grifoni.
 
  • Genoa will be without new boys Alexander Merkel and Ze Eduardo, but veteran goalkeeper Alessio Scarpi faces a late test to prove his fitness.
  • Alberto Malesani's side have recorded just the solitary point from their last six away games in Serie A.
  • Rodrigo Palacio has scored two goals in two starts against Lazio.
 
Catania
vs Cesena

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
  

Andujar
Alvarez, Bellusci, Spolli, Capuano
Biagianti, Almiron, Ricchiuti
Gomez, Maxi Lopez, Lanzafame

 
  

Ravaglia
Comotto, Von Bergen, Rossi, Lauro
Parolo, Guana, Candreva
Eder, Mutu, Ghezzal

TEAM NEWS
  • Nicola Legrottaglie and Mariano Izco have both been ruled out, whilst Cristian Llama has a further two months before he recovers fully.
  • Catania have impressively lost just one of their last six Serie A fixtures.
  • Striker Maxi Lopez scored against Cesena in both meetings with the Emilia-Romagna outfit last season.
 
  • Defender Yohan Benalouane is suspended, whilst Francesco Antonini and Vincenzo Rennella are a week away from returning.
  • Cesena have not drawn a match in seven Serie A games.
  • Adrian Mutu has already scored five goals against Catania in Serie A, including a brace for ex-club Fiorentina in March.
 
Bologna
vs Lecce

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
  

Gillet
Raggi, Portanova, Loria, Morleo
Perez, Mudingayi, Kone
Diamanti
Ramirez, Di Vaio

 
  

Julio Sergio
Oddo, Tomovic, Esposito, Mesbah
Obodo, Giacomazzi 
Cuadrado, Grossmuller, Pasquato
Di Michele

TEAM NEWS
  • Cesare Rickler and Gianluca Cherubin remain on the sidelines for Bologna 
  • Pierpaolo Bisoli's men are unbeaten against Lecce in Serie A at home in 11 games.
  • However, they are winless in their last 10 league matches, scoring just once in their last eight.
 
  • Ruben Olivera and Moris Carrozzieri are both ruled out of the trip to Emilia-Romagna, but Massimo Oddo prepares to make his Lecce bow.
  • Gigi De Canio's side have lost their last four consecutive visits to the Dall’Ara.
  • A tactical change from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 is set to be confirmed for the weekend.

Napoli
vs AC Milan

                                                                  
Italy's European heroes during midweek prepare to do battle at San Paolo for this week's Sunday evening clash. However, they have differing fortunes in the league, as Walter Mazzarri's side will strive to continue with their winning start, whilst the Rossoneri aim to pick up their first three points after a disappointing home draw to Lazio last weekend.

A full preview of this fixture will be available soon
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