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Italian matters resume after the international break, with a Roman derby and a clash involving two of the league's most in-form sides headlining a busy weekend of Serie A football



Serie A: Round 7
Preview

Table/Fixtures

Saturday OCTOBER 15
KO Sunday OCTOBER 16
KO
Catania - Inter
1800
Cesena - Fiorentina
1230
Napoli - Parma
2045
Novara - Bologna
1500
AC Milan - Palermo
2045
Genoa - Lecce
1500
        
 
Chievo - Juventus
1500


Cagliari - Siena
1500


Atalanta - Udinese
1500
all times in CET
Lazio -  Roma
2045
       

Catania
vs Inter

                                                                                                           
Claudio Ranieri's side will look to get back to winning ways after their crushing 3-0 loss to Napoli a fortnight ago with a convincing performance against the hosts, who are coached by Vincenzo Montella, the man who replaced his counterpart in the Roma hotseat last season.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.

Napoli
vs Parma

                                                                     
It promises to be a hugely entertaining bout at San Paolo when Walter Mazzarri and Franco Colomba take their respective sides to the field on Saturday, with Napoli, arguably Italy's team of the moment, hosting an outfit in Parma who, despite their unquestionable talent, continue to be hindered by their defensive frailties.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.

AC Milan
vs Palermo

                                                                         
The Scudetto holders, who have endured a hugely disappointing start to the defence of their title, aim to bounce back from their reverse to Juventus against Devis Mangia's in-form Palermo side, who visit the San Siro on Saturday.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.

Cesena
vs Fiorentina

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Ravaglia
Ceccarelli, Von Bergen, Rodriguez, Lauro
Parolo, Guana, Candreva,
Ghezzal
Eder, Mutu





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


TEAM NEWS
  • A mounting injury list for the under-pressure Marco Giampaolo, who will be without Gianluca Comotto, Jorge Martinez and Giuseppe Colucci, meaning Luca Ceccarelli and Abdelkader Ghezzal come in.
  • Despite ending a run of four straight defeats and picking up their first point of the season against Chievo, Cesena are still enduring their worst ever start to a Serie A campaign.
  • Cesena have won just twice in 22 meetings with Fiorentina.
 
  • Alberto Gilardino and Per Kroldrup remain on the sidelines for the forseeable future, while Andrea Lazzari is likely to replace Juan Vargas in midfield.
  • Fiorentina have won just three times away from home in 21 matches under Sinisa Mihajlovic's reign.
  • However, they are unbeaten in their past nine meetings against Cesena, winning six.

Novara
vs Bologna

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


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


Agliardi
Raggi, Portanova, Cherubin, Morleo
Mudingayi, Perez, Kone
Diamanti
Di Vaio, Acquafresca
TEAM NEWS
  • Andrea Lisuzzo, Andrea Mazzarani and Luigi Giorgi face late fitness tests, after missing the 3-3 draw with Catania.
  • Novara have won just five out of 24 previous meetings with Bologna, all being on home soil.
  • Novara boast the best attack of this Serie A campaign, with 10 goals scored, but possess the league's second-worst defensive record by conceding as many.
 
  • Diego Perez is suspended, while Jean-Francois Gillet, Mikael Antonsson, Saphir Taider, Jose Angel Crespo are all out of contention with injury. Federico Casarini is also a doubt.
  • Bologna's run of just one point in five games cost Pierpaolo Bisolo his job, as Stefano Pioli set to take charge of his first match.
  • The visitors have not tasted victory in 14 Serie A games, and are also the only side in the league yet to score from open play.

Genoa
vs Lecce

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Frey
Rossi, Dainelli, Kaladze, Moretti
Merkel, Veloso, Kucka
Jorquera
Palacio, Caracciolo

 

Benassi
Oddo, Tomovic, Esposito, Mesbah
Obodo, Giacomazzi
Cuadrado, Bertolacci, Pasquato
Ofere


TEAM NEWS
  • Juraj Kucka's participation is touch-and-go with an ankle complaint, but Ze Eduardo and Giandomenico Mesto are still on the sidelines.
  • Genoa have won five consecutive matches against with Lecce, scoring three goals per game on average.
  • Despite recent defeats to Chievo and Parma, the Grifoni remain unbeaten in their last six home games, with five wins and a draw.
 
  • David Di Michele, Julio Sergio, Stefano Ferrario, Davide Petrachi and Souleymane Diamoutene are all unavailable.
  • Lecce have won only once at the Marassi in 15 attempts - a 1-0 victory on September 13, 1998, along with nine defeats.
  • They have shared the spoils only once in their last 10 games away from home.

Chievo
vs Juventus

                                                                   
Juventus have the chance to make it six matches unbeaten in Serie A and remain top of the pile with a victory at the Bentegodi on Sunday. However, they visit a Chievo side who have lost just once so far and have not been beaten on home soil domestically since Domenico Di Carlo's return to the helm.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.
 
Cagliari
vs Siena

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


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



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

TEAM NEWS
  • Moestafa El Kabir and Sebastian Eriksson remain unavailable for selection.
  • Cagliar have won just one of their last five games with Siena.
  • Despite losing just once this campaign, in a 3-2 reverse to Palermo, and winning three so far, they have won only one of their last seven games in Sardinia.
 
  • Francesco Bolzoni, Nicola Belmonte and Gennaro Troianiello have been ruled out for Siena.
  • The Tuscan outfit have failed to score in three of their five Serie A encounters so far.
  • Striker Emanuele Calaio has struck four of Siena's last six goals against Cagliari in domestic matters.
Atalanta
vs Udinese

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

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

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

TEAM NEWS
  • Ferreira Pinto and Leonardo Pettinari are Atalanta's only confirmed absentees.
  • They have won only one of their last nine home matches against Udinese, losing four in the process.
  • Atalanta suffered their first defeat of the season to Roma a fortnight ago, following a run of three wins and a draw.
 
  • Paulo Barreto and Giovanni Pasquale are still on the comeback trail for Udinese.
  • Francesco Guidolin's side are unbeaten in their last eight Serie A games, contributing to their current second-place position.
  • The Friulani currently possess the best defence in Serie A, conceding just once so far this season and accumulating six clean sheets in their last seven league games.

Lazio
vs Roma





 

The capital derby between Edy Reja's Lazio and Luis Enrique's Roma takes place on Sunday night, with kick-off at 2045 CET.

A full preview of the fixture can be found here.

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