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David Schiavone On November - 28 - 2010

Serie A Matchday 14 Preview

Two matches have already been played in this weekends Serie A card. Milan travelled to the Marassi to play Sampdoria and only managed to come away with a point after Giampaolo Pazzini cancelled out a first half Robinho strike.

Meanwhile, Juventus played host to Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico and this also ended in a 1-1 draw with Simone Pepe rescuing a point for the Old Lady after Marco Motta scored an early own goal…

But there are still eight games to be played.

Bari - Cesena

To coin a phrase, this is a relegation six pointer. Both teams are in the middle of terrible runs and need a win to restore some semblance of confidence within both groups of players. Bari though have a slight boost as Massimo Donati, Sergio Almiron and Andrea Masiello from their bans. While Cesena have been a bit unlucky in recent matches but their victory over Lazio shows they can come up trumps against so-called stronger sides.

Bologna - Chievo

Bologna are in the midst of a crisis, they are up for sale after President Sergio Porcedda was referred to the Disciplinary Commission for allegedly failing to cover unpaid wages. Something that could result in a three-point penalty, and is already having a detrimental affect on the side. Chievo will look to take advantage of their opponent’s shortcomings, as they are full of confidence after last weekends win over Inter. Though one goal has been scored in their last four away matches.

Brescia - Genoa

Genoa find themselves lower down Serie A than they would have expected but they will look to get three points from Brescia on Sunday. 
The Rondinelle haven’t won since September, losing seven of their last nine games. But they can take comfort in the fact that they have been the better side in most of those games, so a little tweak should be enough to get them back to winning ways. Genoa though have Rodrigo Palacio, Giuseppe Sculli and Raffaele Palladino which will heap more pressure on Luca Toni up front.

Cagliari - Lecce

Roberto Donadoni got off to a winning start with Cagliari last weekend and you would think he will make it two wins out of two against Lecce. His side though are only two points clear of the relegation zone so tension will be high as they have lost their last two home games at the Sant ‘Elia. Lecce though haven’t won in the last month and are especially vulnerable away from home, in fact they have the worst away record in Serie A.

Inter - Parma

After having two games to save his job, Rafa managed it… just. But anything less than a victory over Parma will heap even more pressure on the Nerazzurri boss. But having lost their last two league outings it may not prove as easy as it should. Their best player this season will be missing as Samuel Eto’o is banned after his head butt last week. Parma though have started to find a bit of form after a disastrous start to the campaign.

Lazio - Catania

Lazio are going through a relative rough patch and have dropped eight points from their last four fixtures. They can still boast the leagues second best defence though but have become somewhat wasteful in front of goal. Catania travel to the Stadio Olimpico without Maxi Lopez who is suspended and are likely to start with want away star Takayuki Morimoto.

Palermo - Roma

Fabrizio Miccoli is back for Palermo after a long injury lay off and he will likely start against Roma as both Abel Hernandez and Mauricio Pinilla are injured. Palermo have been a side that rises to the big occasion and will pose a threat to a revitalized Roma side. A side that are in form and confidence is sky high after the midweek comeback against Bayern Munich.

Udinese - Napoli

Napoli have a fantastic away record, the best in Serie A. So expect fireworks at the Stadio Friuli on Sunday. This coupled with the fact that Udinese have struggled somewhat at home, three points for the Azzurri seems likely. Napoli though have a few injury concerns with eight players out of the weekends match, and captain Paolo Cannavaro faces a late fitness test after a leg injury. Udinese’s recent upsurge in form has been somewhat halted by recent defeats to Catania and Roma.

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