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Qasa Alom On September - 25 - 2010

Italian Serie A Match Day 5: Preview

The Serie A season’s fully in motion now as the games start to come thick and fast. A chaotic midweek round has left the table almost upside down, with the likes of Chievo Brescia and Catania in the Champions League places and Serie A contenders Roma Juventus and Fiorentina languishing at the bottom!

Last seasons top two teams will be squaring off in this weeks standout match on Saturday night as Champions Inter visit Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. The game finished 2-1 to Roma last season and Claudio Ranieri will be hoping for something similar this time to kickstart the Giallorossi’s season and get them out of the relegation zone. Inter on the other hand are starting to move through the gears and Rafael Benitez will be keen to build some momentum from the 4-0 victory against Bari midweek leading up to the derby d’Italia next weekend.

There are a lot of similarities In the early Saturday match, as both Milan and Genoa will be looking for their first wins in serie A since the first matchday to kickstart their seasons after heavy summer investment! Massimiliano Allegri will be hoping Mathieu Flamini’s return and Robinho’s first start of the season will energise the lacklustre midfield. Meanwhile Genoa will be hoping to build on their last gasp draw versus Parma and use his teams pace and energy to get at Milans exposed defense in a 442 formation.

Brescia have been one of the surprise packages so far, sitting pretty in joint second place after their contravertial victory against Roma midweek, whereas Bari will want to get over their drubbing by Inter. This should be a fascinating game as Bari have an excellent home defensive record, whereas Brescia’s front three of Eder - Caracciollo - Diamanti are always dangerous.

Catania have also enjoyed an excellent start to the season, drawing with Milan and dispatching Cesena to cap off a brilliant week. They’ll be facing Bologna, who will be buoyed after coming back from behind to beat Udinese to mark their first win of the season.

Napoli’s start to the season, although thoroughly underwhelming, can’t be labelled as anything other than exciting. Mazzari’s team completely outplayed Sampdoria away from home and marked a shock victory, only to have the same thing done to them 4 days later by Chievo! They’ll be playing Serie A new boys Cesena, that have also had a rollercoaster start to the season. Tactically Napoli’s back three should give Serie A’s newest rising journeyman Emmanuele Giacherrini plenty of room to cement his claims for an Italy call-up, whilst at the other end, Cavani will firing on all cylinders after scoring 5 goals in 7 games for his new team.

The flying Donkeys have had a fantastic start to the season well documented by James Horncastle here and will be facing a Lazio team that seems to be back on the right lines after a chaotic decade. The capital club have had an understated start to the season, but could be an outside bet for the champions league particularly if they can get new signing Hernanes to settle quickly.

In Florence however coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will hope Adem Ljajic hasn’t been eating too much chocolate as Fiorentina try to get their first win of the season against Parma. Alberto Gilardino scored his first goal of the season midweek and should get inspiration from facing his former club. Parma on the other hand will rely on the experience and firepower of Bojinov and Crespo to give them any chance of taking points in this game.

Palermo were among the favourites at the start of the season with many big things expected of Javier Pastore. Their season seems truly to be up and running now after a 3-1 win over Juventus and will be favourites to beat a toothless Lecce side and start rising up the table as the players start to find form

Remarkably Udinese are the only team in the league yet to have a point, whereas Sampdoria have only taken 2 from their last 3 games. Both sides will be desperate not to lose and it could take a special moment from Di Natale or Cassano to decide this game.

And in the Sunday night match, Juventus had their hopes completely brought back down to earth after being taken apart by Palermo 3-1 at home midweek. They take on Cagliari, who have been involved in three goalless draws this season already. However the Old Lady have already let in 6 goals this season and scored 8 in the last three serie A games, meaning that this game should certainly have goals in it.

Qasa Alom

Broadcast Journalist. Writer for Serieaweekly, subtitled online or anyone else daft enough to want me. These are my thoughts (even the clever ones)

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  • Jay

    Looking forward to the matches this weekend. It’s always fun to see who is playing well at the beginnin of the season, and then see who still has some legs by mid season.

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