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Alex On April - 24 - 2009

Serie A Match Day 33 In Preview

This weekend 3 matches I’m listing as must watch events are,

Fiorentina vs Roma (the fourth place challenge) ,

Milan vs Palermo (North meets South Again),

Bologna vs Genoa (a top four finish verse relegation survivalist)

(home team listed on the right for 2nd leg)

Fiorentina vs Roma (start time Saturday 25th 09 at 14:30 EST)
Fiorentina have underperformed this season if you consider the double-digit loss column but oddly enough they are very much in contention for next season’s Champions League.

This says a lot about the present Serie A competition, making it harder to grid out consecutive 3 point victories, week in week out as top four-esque clubs. The Viola continue to miss Romanian international Adriano Mutu and Brazilian defender Felipe Melo. Good news is perhaps midfielder Riccardo Montolivo and defender Gianluca Comotto returning to the starting line up.

Juan Manuel Vargas will probably replace Zdravko Kuzmanovic in the attacking midfield position, joining Jovetic and Semioli behind lone striker Alberto Gilardino.

Roma can also reach fourth place, but a win in Florence is a must. Can they do it? I think so, because as I just said, Fiorentina are far from their best at the moment, yet I could say the same of Roma as they have only managed four away wins all season and are missing important pieces to their starting XI.

Defender Philippe Mexes is once again suspended and, his defensive partner Juan remains out however the biggest absence will be Roma keeper and Brazilian number-one Doni. The Roma defence will have to be sharp to cover the missing pieces that’s for sure and young Pietro Pipolo will need to be keen to impress as Doni’s stand-in, especially with the late scratch of team captain Francesco Totti placing even greater pressure on the depleted Roma defence.
No doubt there is value with the home win but I’m undecided with that 4th spot up for grabs,

prediction Draw

Milan vs Palermo (start time Sunday 26th 09 at 9:00 EST)
Top performance by Milan last week, at home to Torino, but the way I see it, they are too big a favourite for this one. Palermo are one of the strongest Serie A sides sitting just behind Roma in 7th place and their form is such that they cannot be underestimated. Two weeks ago the Southerners were 2 goals down to Inter in the same venue and pulled both back during the second 45 surprising our scudetto leaders Inter who had to settle for 1 point out of 3.

Beckham was back for Milan against Torino and he was definitely one of their best players, combining with Pippo Inzaghi in that 5-1 finish. It’s likely to be the same Milan squad again this weekend. Palermo had no problems winning 4-1 against Bologna without their major-general Fabrizio Micoli. Maestro Miccoli is expected back this weekend as well as Nocerino and Bresciano. Palermo look to be at full strength ahead of their San Siro showdown and this writer is calling for,

over 2.5 goal result.

Bologna vs Genoa (start time Sunday 26th 09 at 9:00 EST)
New Bologna manager, Giuseppe Papadopulo, got the start last week but he could not change the negative trend for Bologna.

Their injury list is quite lengthy, and for this match they have to do without the suspended midfielder Sergio Volpi. It is likely that the home side will come with a 4-5-1 formation this time, with of their talsman Marco Di Vaio upfront. Di Vaio has retaken top spot in the scorers table, currently sharing the dias with Inter forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, both on 20 goals.

The homeside Genoa were surprisingly out of sync against Lazio and they deservedly lost 0-1 to the spirited visitors. It was their second home loss of the season. It looks like both Genoa scoring ace, Diego Milito and Milanetto will be back for this one. I’m sof the impression that Genoa will carry the day with the Genoa forwards intergrating back into the lineup.

prediction, Genoa 1-0.

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