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Calcio Debate: Awesome Threesome - It's Serie A Super Weekend!

Just when you thought that you could take your eyes off football and focus them on something else, up comes the fixture list and you simply cannot resist it. This weekend in Serie A is a blockbuster round as there are three mouth-watering clashes that might go some distance in the long run to settle the championship and much more.

The big games on Saturday are between traditional rivals Juventus and Fiorentina in Turin and between Genoa and Inter. Juve and Inter are the top two contenders for the Scudetto this season but with Juve two points behind the Nerazzurri, the pressure is on them to gain maximum points. Up next on Sunday struggling and disastrous Milan entertain improving Roma at the San Siro in what could potential bury coach Leonardo.

Here is a comprehensive guide to what to expect in these three sensational games in Serie A.
 
JUVENTUS - FIORENTINA (Saturday 18:00 CET)

Players To Watch

Diego (Juve): The Brazilian has been sensational so far for the Old Lady and would be the key for them again on Saturday.

Felipe Melo (Juve): Melo has had a mixed start to his Juventus career but he would be raring to improve against his former side.

Alberto Gilardino (Fio): The Italian international has a point or two to prove and is in red-hot form after scoring a scintillating hat-trick in midweek and would again be leading the Fiorentina attackline in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Stevan Jovetic (Fio): The 19-year-old has been a revelation this season and would be trying to unlock what is not necessarily a very strong Juventus backline.

Head To Head

Gilardino v Buffon: Gilardino scored a sensational hat-trick in midweek for Italy against Cyprus while Gianluigi Buffon has been probably the best player for Juventus so far this season. Also interesting to see would be how Jovetic copes with Chiellini.


Fiorentina's Loss Is Juve's Gain

Strengths And Weaknesses

Juve: The former Italian champions have a great midfield and a good attack but it is at the back that they look somewhat sloppy. Jonathan Zebina doesn't look very comfortable at right-back and Nicola Legrottaglie is not the best replacement for Fabio Cannavaro. But in Diego, the Bianconeri have one of the most gifted and natural trequartistas in the world and Melo is a great player pitched right behind him.

Fio: Jovetic would again be playing behind Gilardino in the 4-2-3-1 system. The Montenegran is the fulcrum of this attacking Fiorentina side but can the Viola compete man-for-man with Juventus?

Probability Of Brawl

In midweek Fiorentina custodian Sebastian Frey took a swipe at the Old Lady and it is likely that the match would be volatile. There is a slight possibility of a brawl too with perhaps Juve defender Chiellini and Frey getting at each others throats. If not Chiellini, then perhaps Mauro Camoranesi...

Aftermath

Giovinco might as well come out and express his full dissent at Juventus' treatment of him so far. The 22-year-old might even go onto make a buy-me-in-January plea to other clubs and things could get difficult for coach Ciro Ferrara if Juve lose and especially if Inter win.

Something Extra.....

Felipe Melo and Marco Marchionni will feature in their first game against Fiorentina and Juventus respectively since leaving them in the summer and it would be interesting to see how the respective fans react to the two players.


GENOA - INTER (Saturday 20:45 CET)

Players To Watch

Alberto Zapater (Genoa): Zapater started the season brilliantly in his first campaign in Serie A after joining Genoa from Real Zaragoza in the summer and should be up for it as this is a huge game.

Hernan Crespo (Genoa): Left Inter at the end of last season and has scored two goals in two league starts for his new club already.

Wesley Sneijder (Inter): Has had a mixed start to his Inter career but has to be at his creative best against a club that plays intelligently.

Head To Head

Crespo v Lucio would be interesting to see from a neutral's perspective as would Esteban Cambiasso against Zapater in midfield.


Will Crespo Destroy Inter?

Strengths And Weaknesses

Genoa: Gian Piero Gasperini's side's 3-4-3 system allows the players to express themselves with flair and creativity but it does remain vulnerable to goals, and the defensive department needs to be alert against Inter, who can score at any point in the game.

Inter: The Nerazzurri have probably the best backline in Italy but their dearth of creativity in midfield is apparent. Sneijder has yet to fulfil the role he was signed to play in and with Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito both missing, things are not looking very bright in Inter's frontline either.

Probability Of Brawl

With Mario Balotelli in your side, you can always expect an unexpected fight or two. The Italian striker is not shy to show his attitude on the pitch and with the Genoa defence not likely to allow him much freedom or space upfront, the teenager might lose his temper.

Aftermath

Jose Mourinho is going to slam someone or the other and if Inter lose, it would well be the poor referee. Or it could be Crespo if he scores and celebrates.

Something Extra.....

Hernan Crespo would be playing against his former club Inter for the first time since departing in the summer and it would be particularly interesting to see if and how he celebrates if he scores on Saturday night.


MILAN - ROMA (Sunday, 20:45 CET)

Players To Watch

Thiago Silva (Milan): The Brazilian defender has forged a remarkable partnership with Alessandro Nesta at the back and has been one of the very few players who have impressed so far this season.

Alexandre Pato (Milan): The Brazilian striker has been below par so far this campaign but Roma know that he carries most of the attacking threat.

Daniele De Rossi (Roma): Has been absolutely sensational at times and in the absence of Francesco Totti it would again be him who carries the Roman side on his shoulders

Head To Head

Mirko Vucinic against Alessandro Nesta would be an entertaining dual throughout the game and so would the midfield battle between De Rossi and Andrea Pirlo.


Can Roma Party Without Totti?

Strengths And Weaknesses

Milan: The Rossoneri's main strength this season has been the central defensive partnership between Silva and Nesta. Clarence Seedorf has looked good in midfield but only sporadically but the rest of the side has struggled. Players like Ronaldinho, Massimo Oddo and Gianluca Zambrotta have been nothing short of a disaster and Leonardo's men have to play a more collective and combative match on Sunday rather than the more creative and technical game that many associate them with.

Roma: Claudio Ranieri's men have done their job in the past few matches and have looked solid at the back. A more traditional 4-4-2 formation has allowed them to be defensively sound but the absence of playmaker Totti could affect them in the creativity department.

Probability Of Brawl

De Rossi might pick up a yellow card two as he has been very fired-up recently, but generally this should be a clean game.

Aftermath

Last time coach Leonardo didn't speak because of a cold and if Milan lose, then he might as well not speak because of depression. On the other hand, Ranieri hasn't yet been able to convince the Roma supporters but a win at the San Siro might help the 'Tinkerman' gain some respect. Oh, if Milan win, then expect Adriano Galliani and Silvio Berlusconi to claim how they are now Scudetto favourites.

Something Extra.....

Roma captain and talisman Francesco Totti is likely to miss the clash with Milan as he is suffering from an injury and the word is that he will skip this game to recover fitness for the Europa League fixture in midweek.

Subhankar Mondal, Goal.com