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Serie A Round 11 Preview: Sky is the limit as Lazio entertain Parma, while Udinese host Siena

An 11th week of Calcio action sees Cesena and Lecce lock horns in a feisty relegation six-pointer, while underachieving Fiorentina visit a Chievo side in freefall



Serie A: Round 11
Preview

Table/Fixtures

Saturday NOVEMBER 5
KO Sunday NOVEMBER 6
KO
Palermo - Bologna
18.00
Genoa - Inter
12.30
Novara - Roma
20.45
Udinese - Siena
15.00


AC Milan - Catania
15.00
        
 
Lazio - Parma
15.00


Chievo - Fiorentina
15.00


Cesena - Lecce
15.00


Atalanta - Cagliari
15.00
all times in CET   Napoli - Juventus 20.45

Palermo
v Bologna

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Tzorvas
Pisano, Silvestre, Cetto, Balzaretti
Migliaccio, Bacinovic, Barreto
Ilicic, Zahavi
Hernandez


 

Gillet
Raggi, Loria, Cherubin, Morleo
Perez, Mudingayi, Kone
Ramirez
Di Vaio, Acquafresca

TEAM NEWS
  • Mauricio Pinilla faces a late fitness test, as Devis Mangia is set to drop Matias Aguirregaray and Fabrizio Miccoli in favour of Josip Ilicic and Abel Hernandez.
  • Palermo have won six of their past seven fixtures against Bologna in Serie A.
  • 12 of the Rosanero's 13 points this season have been earned on home soil.
 
  • Just the one change is in the offing as the suspended Daniele Portanova  is set to be replaced by Gianluca Cherubin. However, Alessandro Diamanti and Juan Cruz remain injured.
  • Since Stefano Pioli's appointment, Bologna have won three of their past four games, with victories in both of their away games.
  • The last time the visitors won three consecutive Serie A matches was in February 2005.

Novara
v Roma

                                                                                  
                  
Roma will be aiming to end a run of two consecutive defeats on Saturday with a convincing victory at newly-promoted Novara who also have a point to prove, as they prepare to look for a first Serie A in six matches.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here

Genoa
v Inter

                                                                                                
Despite their continuing exploits in the Champions League, Inter have struggled to replicate their European form on the domestic front this season, and face a potentially difficult trip to Genoa in Sunday's early kick-off.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here on Sat at 0900

Udinese
v Siena

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


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




Brkic
Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Mannini, Gazzi, D'Agostino, Brienza
Calaio, Destro


TEAM NEWS
  • All change from the side that suffered a 4-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League. However, Diego Fabbrini, Giovanni Pasquale and Andrea Coda join Barreto and Damiano Ferronetti on the treatment table.
  • Udinese have won their last four league games at home, while keeping five successive clean sheets at the Friuli.
  • In addition, they have kept seven clean sheets in Serie A this season; more than any other side.
 
  • Claudio Terzi's return to the side in place of Matteo Contini should be Giuseppe Sannino's only change, as Emanuele Pesoli and Simone Vergassola are their only injury victims.
  • Siena have won just one of their eight meetings with Udinese in the top-flight.
  • Emanuele Calaio has scored in each of the last three Serie A match-days, taking his overall tally to six for the campaign.

AC Milan
v Catania

                                                                                                       
AC Milan's emphatic run of five straight victories ground to an underwhelming halt midweek against BATE Borisov, but can still maintain their winning run in Serie A with another three points against Catania on Sunday.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here on Sat at 0900

Lazio
v Parma
PROBABLE LINE-UPS

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





Mirante
Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli, Gobbi
Valiani, Morrone, Galloppa, Modesto
Giovinco
Pelle


TEAM NEWS
  • Luciano Zauri, Lorik Cana, Giuseppe Sculli and Tommaso Rocchi are likely to be dropped for Abdoulay Konko, Cristian Brocchi, Hernanes and Djibril Cisse. Giuseppe Biava, Matuzalem and Alvaro Gonzalez should be back next week, but Stefano Mauri is still several weeks from a comeback.
  • Lazio have kept a clean sheet in five of the last six occasions they have played host to Parma in Serie A.
  • By beating Cagliari last Sunday, Lazio stretched their unbeaten run in the league to seven games.
 
  • Francesco Valiani is Franco Colomba's only change to the side that beat Cesena 2-0 last weekend, but Sergio Floccari looks to be out for the next six weeks, while Jadid is doubtful.
  • Parma have won just one of their last 11 games against Lazio in Serie A.
  • In addition, they are the only side in the division to have not drawn a match yet.





Chievo
v Fiorentina

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Sorrentino
Frey, Mandelli, Andreolli, Jokic
Vacek, Rigoni, Hetemaj
Cruzado
Pellissier, Moscardelli



Boruc
Cassani, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual
Behrami, Montolivo, Lazzari
Romulo, Gilardino, Jovetic
TEAM NEWS
  • Luca Rigoni is to replace Michael Bradley for Chievo, while Bostjan Cesar is banned. Meanwhile, Santiago Morero and Gennaro Sardo require a few more weeks to complete their recoveries.
  • Chievo have failed to score in four of their last five home fixtures against Fiorentina.
  • In addition, Chievo have lost their last three on the bounce, and are without a win in the last five Serie A rounds.
 
  • Valon Behrami is in line to get the nod over Houssine Kharja in midfield, as Per Kroldrup is Fiorentina's only injury victim.
  • Andrea Lazzari's winner against Genoa gave Fiorentina their first victory in five games.
  • Away from home, Sinisa Mihajlovic's side have remained winless since April, scoring just once.

Cesena
v Lecce

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Antonioli
Comotto, Von Bergen, Benalouane, Lauro
Ceccarelli, Parolo, Djokovic, Candreva
Mutu, Eder



Benassi
Oddo, Carrozzieri, Esposito, Tomovic
Giacomazzi, Strasser
Cuadrado, Grossmuller, Olivera
Muriel

TEAM NEWS
  • Several changes are likely to be made to mark the first match of Daniele Arrigoni's reign, but Raphael Martinho and Giuseppe Colucci are unavailable while Jorge Martinez needs a late fitness test.
  • Cesena have won all four of their home games against Lecce in Serie A.
  • Also, the Seahorses are the only side still without a win thus far in Serie A this season.


 
  • Djamel Mesbah, Manuel Giandonato, Andrea Bertolacci and Daniele Corvia are set to be replaced by Nenad Tomovic, Guillermo Giacomazzi, Carlos Grossmuller and Luis Muriel. However, David Di Michele, Stefano Ferrario, Souleymane Diamoutene, Christian Obodo and Djamel Mesbah are out of contention with injury.
  • Lecce have picked up just two points from their last seven games.
  • Furthermore, they have lost their last three away matches, since their 2-0 win over Bologna on the opening day.

Atalanta
v Cagliari

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Consigli
Masiello, Capelli, Lucchini, Peluso
Schelotto, Carmona, Cigarini, Bonaventura
Moralez
Denis

 

Agazzi
Pisano, Canini, Ariaudo, Agostini
Biondini, Conti, Nainggolan
Cossu
Nene, Thiago

TEAM NEWS
  • One change is in the pipeline as Simone Padoin should be replaced by Ezequiel Schelotto. Meanwhile, Thomas Manfredini, Adriano Ferreira Pinto and Matteo Brighi are unavailable, while Cristian Raimondi requires a late test.
  • Atalanta have won three of their last four Serie A fixtures with Cagliari, while remaining unbeaten in their last nine meetings.
  • Despite the Bergamese side winning just once in the past five, Atalanta are yet to lose in four home matches this campaign.
 
  • Daniele Conti is set to return for the Sardinians, in place of Albin Ekdal to form their only change from the 3-0 reverse to Lazio. However, Davide Astori and Sebastian Eriksson remain long-term absentees, while Moestafa El Kabir is nearing a return.
  • Cagliari have won just one of their last seven Serie A matches.
  • In addition, they have scored just once in the last four.




Napoli
v Juventus

                                                                                  
Napoli have been plagued by inconsistency this season, and come into their clash on Sunday night with Juventus on the back of two straight defeats. However, there is no such disappointment for Antonio Conte's men, who top the Serie A standings, still unbeaten.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here on Sat at 0900

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