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In a hectic midweek schedule, the action in Italy sees two clubs attempt to prolong their winning starts to the season, while two Roman outfits seek their first three-point hauls



Serie A: Round 4
Preview

Table/Fixtures

Tuesday SEPTEMBER 20
KO
Wednesday SEPTEMBER 21
KO
Novara - Inter
2045 Palermo - Cagliari
2045


AC Milan - Udinese
2045


Lecce - Atalanta
2045

 
Juventus - Bologna
2045


Genoa - Catania
2045


Fiorentina - Parma
2045


Chievo - Napoli
2045


Cesena - Lazio
2045


Thursday SEPTEMBER 22
KO
all times in CET

Roma - Siena
2045


Novara
vs Inter

                                                                      
Tuesday's encounter in Piedmont sees both sides still on the lookout for their first victories of the new campaign. The pressure remains firmly with the visitors' coach Gian Piero Gasperini, whose tactical uncertainty has affected Inter's start to the new season. However, opposing tactician Atilio Tesser will also be scrutinised, as he seeks an elusive Serie A win at the 14th attempt.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.
 

Palermo
vs Cagliari

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
  
Tzorvas,
Pisano, Silvestre, Migliaccio, Balzaretti
Ilicic, Barreto, Della Rocca, Zahavi
Hernandez, Miccoli


Agazzi 
Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini 
Biondini, Conti, Nainggolan
Cossu
 Nene, Thiago Ribeiro

TEAM NEWS
  • Edgar Alvarez is ruled out, but Mauro Cetto and Luca Di Matteo could feature.
  • Palermo are unbeaten against Cagliari in four matches
  • The Sicilians have not shared the spoils in their last eight Serie A games
 
  • Sebastian Eriksson will remain out until February/March, whilst Mostafa El Kabir is doubtful.
  • Cagliari have won their first two games for the first time since the 1970-71 campaign.
  • The Sardinians have failed to score in only one of their past seven away matches in Serie A.

AC Milan
vs Udinese

                                                                          
The Serie A champions are yet to taste victory this season in the league and will want to bag the three points on Wednesday night in order to prevent themselves from falling further behind so early in the campaign. However, their predicament is in stark contrast to Udinese, who will be fired up from the offset with a 100 per cent record to maintain.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.

Lecce
vs Atalanta

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


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

 
 

Consigli
Masiello, Capelli, Manfredini, Peluso
Schelotto, Cigarini, Padoin, Bonaventura
Moralez
Denis

TEAM NEWS
  • Moris Carrozzieri and Ruben Oliveira are injured and cannot take part.
  • They have recorded three draws in four of the most recent meetings with Atalanta
  • Atalanta are one of only two teams Lecce have netted five goals against in Serie A, along with Lazio.
 
  • Stefano Lucchini and Leonardo Pettinari are both doubts, and Ferreira Pinto and Nadir Minotti are both out.
  • Atalanta have already collected eight yellow cards after just two games, more than any other Serie A side.
  • Atalanta have scored twice in five of their last seven Serie A clashes with Lecce.
 
Juventus
vs Bologna

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Buffon
L'steiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie
Krasic, Vidal, Pirlo, Pepe
Vucinic, Matri


 
 

Gillet
Pulzetti, Portanova, Antonsson, Morleo
Perez, Mudingayi, Kone
Diamanti, Ramirez
Di Vaio

TEAM NEWS
  • Vincenzo Iaquinta remains the only main injury doubt for the Old Lady.
  • Prior to their 2-0 loss in February, Juventus were unbeaten against Bologna in 18 Serie A matches.
  • Juventus will be looking to maintain a 100 per cent start, which includes wins over Parma and Siena.
 
  • Henry Gimenez, Andrea Raggi, Simone Loria, Gianluca Cherubin and Saphir Taider all continue to nurse injuries.
  • Bologna have not won a league game in 11 attempts, while scoring just once in nine.
  • Marco Di Vaio has not scored a goal in his last nine Serie A matches; his last coming in April against Brescia.
 
Genoa
vs Catania

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Frey
Mesto, Dainelli, Kaladze, Antonelli
Seymour, Kucka, Veloso,
Jorquera
Palacio, Pratto

 
 

Andujar
Potenza, Bellusci, Spolli, Alvarez
Delvecchio, Biagianti, Ricchiuti
Gomez, Maxi Lopez, Catellani
TEAM NEWS
  • Giandomenico Mesto, Alexander Merkel and Ze Eduardo are still a week away from returning to the fold, and Cesare Bovo is doubtful.
  • In the last four Serie A meetings between these two sides, Genoa have always won.
  • The Grifoni are unbeaten in five home league matches.
 
  • Nicola Legrottaglie, Cristian Llama, Mariano Izco and Sergio Almiron are all out of contention with injury.
  • Catania have lost just one of their last seven Serie A games.
  • Away from home, the Sicilians won just once last season: a 2-1 victory over Brescia in May.
Fiorentina
vs Parma

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Boruc
Cassani, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual
Behrami, Kharja, Vargas
Cerci, Santiago Silva, Jovetic



Mirante
Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli, Rubin
Valiani, Morrone, Galloppa, Modesto
Floccari, Pelle

TEAM NEWS
  • Striker Alberto Gilardino faces up to six weeks out with a knee injury, whilst Per Kroldrup still has a further month before his comeback. Andrea Lazzari is also a doubt.
  • Fiorentina have lost just one of their past six league meetings with Parma
  • However, they have won only once in eight games without Alberto Gilardino in attack, since his arrival in 2008.
 
  • Goncalo Brandao is out of contention, while Sebastian Giovinco is suspended after picking up a red card last week.
  • Parma have lost only once in their last eight Serie A fixtures.
  • Hernan Crespo has scored eight goals against Fiorentina; his fourth highest tally in Italy.
 
Chievo
vs Napoli

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Sorrentino
Sardo, Andreolli, Cesar, Jokic
Bradley, L.Rigoni, Hetemaj
Cruzado
Paloschi, Moscardelli

 
 

De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Zuniga, Inler, Gargano, Dossena
Hamsik, Pandev
Cavani

TEAM NEWS
  • Sergio Pellissier and Luciano are both confirmed absentees, as Francesco Acerbi is a doubt.
  • Chievo have won only one of their past five league games
  • They have also won two of their past three meetings at the Bentegodi.
 
  • Miguel Britos remains sidelined for five more months, while Marco Donadel is ruled out for the encounter.
  • The last time Napoli won their two opening games of a Serie A campaign they won the Scudetto in 1990.
  • Walter Mazzarri is unbeaten in seven matches againbst Domenico Di Carlo, with six wins.
 
Cesena
vs Lazio

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Ravaglia
Ceccarelli, Von Bergen, Rossi, Lauro
Parolo, Colucci, Candreva
Eder, Mutu, Martinez

 
 

Marchetti
Konko, Diakite, Dias, Lulic
Matuzalem, Brocchi
Sculli, Hernanes, Cisse
Klose

TEAM NEWS
  • Vincenzo Rennella and Francesco Antonioli are long-term absentees with injury.
  • Cesena are on a run of three consecutive defeats in Serie A
  • Marco Giampaolo has won just one of his seven meetings with Lazio.
 
  • Stefano Mauri and Giuseppe Biava are ruled out of contention, while Stefan Radu faces a longer stay on the sidelines.
  • Lazio have conceded two goals in each of their last five Serie A fixtures (two wins, two defeats and a draw).
  • Edy Reja's side were unbeaten in 16 meetings with Cesena before last season.

 
Roma
vs Siena

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Lobont
Rosi, Kjaer, Burdisso, Jose Angel
Gago, De Rossi, Pjanic
Borriello, Totti, Bojan

 
 

Brkic
Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Mannini, Bolzoni, D'Agostino, Brienza
Calaio, Larrondo

TEAM NEWS
  • Cicinho and Juan both remain injured for the forseeable future, but the length of Maarten Stekelenburg's lay-off is still uncertain, but Jose Angel returns from suspension.
  • Roma have won their last four home meetings with Siena in Serie A, conceding just a solitary goal.
  • However, they have experienced victory just once in their last five league matches.
 
  • Reginaldo is still a week away from making a comeback, while Gabrielle Angella has another two months on the sidelines.
  • Siena, along with Bologna, are the only sides yet to score in Serie A this season, but have conceded just once so far, against Juventus last weekend.
  • The Tuscans have won just four of their past 14 meetings in Serie A.
 

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