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Alex On March - 20 - 2009

Serie A Matchday 29 Fixtures

Matchday Previews

AS Roma vs Juventus

Roma Manager Spalletti is in a very bad way with De Rossi, Pizarro, Diamoutene and Motta all suspended, and out injured are Juan, Totti, Perrotta, Cicinho, Aquiliani, Cassetti, and
Taddei. Brighi and Loria are both considered major doubts also. John Arne Riise believes this might be a good thing fo the club as Spalletti calls up six youth team players – Riccardo Brosco, Alessandro Crescenzi, Marco D’Alessandro, Adrian Stojan, Alessandro Malomo and Sebastian Mladen hope the defender has this one right.

Juventus on the other hand have less headaches but could possibly be short defenders Legrottaglie and Chiellini who are struggling so watch for the starting XI news. Marchionni is back and could start. Although my heart is with Roma, my thinking is Juventus will take all 3 points from a very depleted Giallorossi.

Chievo vs Palermo

I normally choose 3 matches containing one of the traditional top four clubs or review a derby or cross country rivialry, however this week I thought I’d focus on a match involving two clubs battling for middle of table positioning. Chievo are unbeaten in six games and after winning at the stadio Olimpico against Lazio on match day 28, they are beginning to look like Serie A survivors. Their striker Makinwa will miss this match, with Bogdani and Pelissier starters up front again. Also missing will be Bentivoglio. Palermo will be short hitman Fabrizio Miccoli this weekend as Guana and Bresciano are also out for this match. Succi is in for Miccoli, I guess. Both sides are in the best of form, but Palermo missing Miccoli, suggests I back Chievo with the 12th man, home advantage.

Napoli vs AC Milan

AC Milan even before being knocked out of UEFA Cup always had their sights set on a top three finish and automatic entry into next season’s Champions League group stages. However, this match day the northerners face a tough trip to Napoli, as they continue their push with several key injury doubts surfacing. Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati will be missing after being stretchered off in agony during the game with Siena last Sunday and Kaka is injured once again most likely missing this match also. Abbiatia tore the ligaments in his right knee in a collision with team-mate Giuseppe Favalli so that means Brazilian Didi is back between the sticks ouch. Ambrosini is suspended, but Seedorf will be back.

Napoli by no means played a great game at Reggina last week, but they stopped the rot by finishing with a 1-1 draw. New manager syndrome obviously hasn’t kicked in yet with the arrivial of Donadoni and the club still needs all the positive infusion they can muster. With both Aronica and Rinaudo sidelined and also Christian Maggio after his terrible injury last week, Montervino and Datolo should earn starting roles. On any other day I would support the home win, but how good is present Napoli form? I’m going to side with AC Milan’s greater experience over youth, as Donadoni prepares to meet his old employer at the stadio San Paolo.

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