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This week's top-flight action in Italy promises much, as Udinese could go top with a win against lowly Bologna, while Palermo and Cagliari have great opportunities to capitalise



Serie A: Round 6
Preview

Table/Fixtures

Saturday OCTOBER 1
KO
Sunday OCTOBER 2
KO
Roma - Atalanta
1800 Novara - Catania
1230
Inter - Napoli
2045
Udinese - Bologna
1500


Parma - Genoa
1500

 
Palermo - Siena
1500


Lecce - Cagliari
1500


Fiorentina - Lazio
1500


Cesena - Chievo
1500
all times in CET

Juventus - AC Milan
2045

Roma
vs Atalanta

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Lobont
Casetti, Burdisso, Heinze, Jose Angel
Pizarro, De Rossi, Pjanic
Osvaldo, Totti, Bojan





Consigli
Masiello, Capelli, Manfredini, Bellini
Schelotto, Cigarini, Brighi, Padoin
Moralez
Denis

TEAM NEWS
  • Erik Lamela, Leandro Greco and Fernando Gago are all out, while Simone Perrotta will require a late fitness test.
  • Roma earned their first win of the season last weekend, beating Parma 1-0.
  • You would have to go back to February for Roma's last away win with a clean sheet... against Bologna.
 
  • Carlos Carmona, Adriano Ferreira Pinto, Stefano Lucchini and Leonardo Pettinari are unavailable, but Federico Peluso returns to the fold.
  • Atalanta made it three wins on the bounce after a 2-1 victory over Novara last week.
  • If it wasn't for their six-point deduction, the Bergamo club would be two points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

Inter
vs Napoli

                                                                                                              
Claudio Ranieri has the chance to make it three successive wins as Inter coach, when his side face Napoli on Saturday at San Siro. Both clubs did Italy proud midweek, after impressive victories over CSKA Moscow and Villarreal in the Champions League respectively, and it has all the makings of a mouth-watering encounter in Milan.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.
 
Novara
vs Catania

PROBABLE LINE-UPS



Ujkani
Dellafiore, Ludi, Paci, Gemiti
Marianini, Porcari, Rigoni
Pinardi
Meggiorini, Morimoto
 



Andujar
Marchese, Bellusci, Spolli, Capuano
Almiron, Lodi, Delvecchio
Gomez, Maxi Lopez, Catellani
TEAM NEWS
  • Andrea Lisuzzo and Andrea Mazzarani are confirmed absentees, but Achille Coser will have a late fitness test.
  • The new boys couldn't replicate their stunning victory at Inter a fortnight ago, after being defeated 2-1 by Atalanta.
  • Novara have failed to keep a clean sheet this season.
 
  • Pablo Alvarez, Nicola Legrottaglie and Cristian Llama are on the sidelines, but Marco Biagianti and Alessandro Potenza are touch-and-go.
  • Catania currently languish in 14th place after a 1-1 draw with Juventus last Sunday.
  • The Sicilians have lost their last two away matches in Serie A.

Udinese
vs Bologna

PROBABLE LINE-UPS



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


 

Agliardi
Garics, Portanova, Antonsson, Raggi
Pulzetti, Mudingayi, Perez, Kone
Diamanti
Di Vaio

TEAM NEWS
  • Andrea Coda, Damiano Ferronetti and Giovanni Pasquale are still on the sidelines, while Antonio Floro Flores and Paulo Barreto are doubts. Gabriel Torje returns after a rest midweek.
  • Udinese are only one of three sides in Serie A who are unbeaten; the other two are Juventus and Atalanta.
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored in three of his last four games against Bologna.
 
  • It has been a disastrous start under Pierpaolo Bisoli, losing three out of four as they sit second from bottom in Serie A.
  • Federico Agliardi replaces Jean-Francois Gillet, who has a dislocated shoulder, while Niccolo Cherubin, Saphir Taider, Jose Angel Crespo and Alvaro Cruz are all out. action. Archimede Morleo is suspended for one more match, but Andrea Raggi is expected to return at left-back.
  • Bologna's last win at the Friuli was in March 2005, where they secured a 1-0 victory.
 
Parma
vs Genoa

PROBABLE LINE-UPS



Mirante
Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli, Gobbi
Biabiany, Blasi, Galloppa, Modesto
Giovinco
Floccari


 

Frey
Rossi, Bovo, Kaladze, Moretti
Constant, Veloso, Kucka
Jorquera
Palacio, Caracciolo

TEAM NEWS
  • Graziano Pelle may feature after returning to training, but Hernan Crespo is likely to be forced to miss out.
  • Parma lost their second consecutive match, once more without scoring, in a 1-0 reverse to Roma last week.
  • Franco Colomba's side have lost three of their four games in the league this season.
 
  • Cesare Bovo will replace Dario Dainelli, who is banned. Giandomenico Mesto and Ze Eduardo are still out and not due back for a few more weeks.
  • Alberto Malesani's side suffered their first loss of the season last week, losing 2-1 to Chievo.
  • Genoa have only ever won at the Tardini on one occasion; a 3-2 victory over Parma in April 2010.
 
Palermo
vs Siena

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Tzorvas
Pisano, Silvestre, Migliaccio, Balzaretti
Bertolo, Barreto, Della Rocca, Zahavi Hernandez, Miccoli





Brkic
Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Rossi
Mannini, D’Agostino, Gazzi, Brienza
Calaio, Destro


TEAM NEWS
  • Edgar Alvarez is Palermo's only injury worry, but has a very slight chance of featuring, as Fabrizio Miccoli should replace Mauricio Pinilla in attack.
  • Palermo drew against Lazio, in a goalless encounter at the Olimpico last weekend.
  • However, Denis Mangia's side are aiming to maintain a 100 per cent record at the Renzo Barbera this season.
 
  • Angelo remains injured, as is fellow defender Cristian Del Grosso.
  • Siena, who thrashed Lecce 3-0 last matchday, have won at Palermo just twice in Serie A; in 2006 and 2008.
  • Franco Brienza prepares to face his former employers, whom he represented between 2001 and 2008.
 
Lecce
vs Cagliari

PROBABLE LINE-UPS



Julio Sergio
Oddo, Tomovic, Ferrario, Brivio
Obodo, Giacomazzi
 Piatti, Bertolacci, Pasquato
Di Michele


 

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

TEAM NEWS
  • Moris Carrozzieri is the only injury victim, but Carlos Grossmuller and Andrea Esposito are suspended.
  • Lecce are trailing in 17th place, having lost three of their four Serie A games thus far, including their last two.
  • However, they have only failed to beat Cagliari at the Via del Mare on just two occasions in the top-flight.
 
  • Moestafa El Kabir and Sebastian Eriksson remain their only casualties, as Cagliari are expected to start with the same team that drew a blank against Udinese last week.
  • Before their goalless draw, Massimo Ficcadenti's side had not kept a clean sheet in 11 competitive games.
  • Cagliari's only win at Lecce came in 1994; a 1-0 victory for the Sardinians.

Fiorentina
vs Lazio

PROBABLE LINE-UPS



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


 



Marchetti
Konko, Diakite, Dias, Radu
 Gonzalez, Brocchi, Ledesma
Hernanes
Cisse, Klose


TEAM NEWS
  • Per Kroldrup and Alberto Gilardino continue to be Fiorentina's only injury victims.
  • Sinisa Mihajlovic's side have kept clean sheets in three of their four games this season, including last week's 0-0 draw at Napoli.
  • The Viola have won three of their last five Serie A meetings with Lazio on home soil.
 
  • Matuzalem, Stefano Mauri, Giuseppe Biava and Simone Del Nero form a long injury list for Edy Reja.
  • Lazio failed to make it consecutive wins in the league after drawing 0-0 to Palermo.
  • More alarmingly, they have won just one of their last six games.

Cesena
vs Chievo

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Ravaglia
Comotto, Von Bergen, Rodriguez, Lauro
Parolo, Guana, Candreva,
Eder, Mutu, Martinez
 


Sorrentino
Sardo, Morero, Cesar, Jokic
Bradley, Rigoni, Hetemaj
Cruzado
Paloschi, Thereau
TEAM NEWS
  • Cesena will be without the services of Francesco Antonioli and Vincenzo Rennella, but Adrian Mutu looks likely to feature from the offset.
  • The Seahorses are rock bottom, losing all four games.
  • However, the last time they failed to score at home was against Udinese in February.
 
  • Sergio Pellissier faces a late fitness test, along with Luciano, but Francesco Acerbi remains out of contention.
  • Chievo have won their last two matches, including a 1-0 win over Napoli during the middle of last week.
  • They are also currently riding high in third place, on seven points, along with five other teams.

Juventus
vs AC Milan

                                                                
Another potential classic is in the offing involving two of Inter's arch-rivals, Juventus and AC Milan. The late kick-off on Sunday promises to be the showdown that it has been billed by Italian football enthusiasts, but Antonio Conte's side will seek a victory to consolidate their position as Serie A leaders, while the visitors look to achieve a third successive win of the season at Juventus Stadium.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.

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