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David Schiavone On November - 20 - 2010

Serie A Matchday 13 Preview

Brescia - Cagliari

First up for new Cagliari coach are Brescia and it promises to be an enthralling encounter between two sides that have plenty of attacking talent but seem unable to turn good performances into three points. Brescia have only managed two points from the last eight matches while Donadoni has had less than a week to implement his ideas on the team.

Catania – Bari

Bari face a trip to Sicily without the majority of first team players. Andrea Masiello, Sergio Almiron and Massimo Donati are absent due to suspension. Paulo Barreto is out with a thigh injury; Abdelkader Ghezzal and Emanuel Rivas will also be absent. Meanwhile, the home side will be looking to pick themselves up after the derby defeat last weekend.

Cesena – Palermo

Looking to build on a magnificent derby hat-trick will of course be Javier Pastore. He is the talk of Serie A and world football. His goals can propel the Rosanero to Champions League football and against lowly Cesena he will be one to watch. With Cesena sitting only two points from the bottom and on a disastrous run of results it seems an away win is the only outcome.

Chievo – Inter

Game one of Rafa Benitez’s two-match job salvation plan. Losing the derby last week was a shock, but the manner of the defeat was worse. No midfield presence or creativity. He will be hoping that is remedied against the Flying Donkeys who have stuttered of late after an impressive start to the season and have become masters of the 0-0 draw.

Genoa – Juventus

Juventus seems to be a more solid package after a series of good results and performances. A renewed sense of defensive organization has made the Bianconeri difficult to break down but Genoa certainly have the tools to give it a real go. Davide Ballardini has two wins out of two, employing a new 4-3-3 system at the Marassi and with an almost fully fit side to choose from Juve may just have a fight on their hands.

Lecce – Sampdoria

Both teams go into this tie having only won once in their last five matches so the pressure will be on the coach that is defeated, if there is such a result. Lecce have been poor so far this season but have turned the Via Del Mare into something of a fortress. Samp though, seem to be struggling to cope with the Cassano fallout and are incapable of any imagination without their talisman.

Milan – Fiorentina

Serie A leaders Milan go into the game with Ignazio Abate suspended after being sent off against Inter and Andrea Pirlo still not 100% fit. One decision Max Allegri will face is whether or not to include party boy Ronaldinho who has been dropped for the previous three Milan matches. Fiorentina on the other hand are in the midst of an injury crisis that could wreck their recent revival. Adrian Mutu who has only just returned form an eight-month ban will miss the game with a thigh strain.

Napoli – Bologna

Serie A’s most prolific away side are in desperate need to improve a dismal home record, two wins, two losses and a draw is not good enough for a team with lofty ambitions. Edinson Cavani will look to lead his team from the front after he admitted this week he could still improve this season. Bologna though are a team that do rely on their front man and Marco Di Viao will have to be in top form if he is two add to his tally for the season at the San Paolo.

Parma – Lazio

The home side looked dead an buried a couple of weeks ago but two wins on the bounce have given Pasquale Marino’s side a new lease of life. Antonio Candreva scored a wonderful effort against Bari and you wouldn’t bet against him bagging another one this weekend. Lazio though seemed to have let the derby defeat get to them as a run of two losses in a row was ended last weekend with the victory over Napoli.

Roma – Udinese

Two teams who have battled through difficult starts to the season but find themselves on the other side and all the better for it. Roma are on a six-match unbeaten run and they are full of confidence. But they will have to do without the services of Daniele De Rossi. Udinese though have managed five wins out of eight and have Antonio Di Natale back in form after the striker’s magnificent hat-trick last weekend.

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