• Saturday, 17 January 2009

    Serie A Preview

    Saturday January 17
    17:00 Catania v Bologna
    19:30 Milan v Fiorentina
    Sunday January 18
    14:00 Atalanta v Internazionale
    14:00 Cagliari v Udinese
    14:00 Siena v Reggina
    14:00 Torino v Roma
    14:00 Chievo v Napoli
    14:00 Lecce v Genoa
    14:00 Sampdoria v Palermo
    19:30 Lazio v Juventus

    There's some football going on this weekend amidst the tedious and frankly distasteful Manchester City pursuit of Kaka. The Brazilian should feature in AC Milan's match against Fiorentina in a game David Beckham is also slated to start. Two points seperate the hosts in third from the visitors in second, and two of the league's in-form strikers, Alexandre Pato and Alberto Gilardino will face off here. Gilardino has flourished since leaving the Rossoneri and will want badly to get one over on his former employers. If you've not already seen it, watch Pato's goals last weekend - in particular the way he strolls past Phillipe Mexes like he isn't there. Hilarious. Elsewhere on Saturday Siniša Mihajlović takes his Bologna team to Catania. Like or loathe him, the former Lazio and Inter man is unbeaten since he took over from Daniele Arrigoni, and he's inspired journeyman Marco Di Vaio to 13 goals, making him Serie A's top scorer.

    On Sunday, Inter Milan face a tricky visit to Bergamo, against an Atalanta side who are notoriously good at home. Inter's nemesis last week, Robert Acquafresca (who they own) and his Cagliari side welcome Udinese who have been in free-fall since October - only a point seperates them. Siena will look to put some daylight between them and the bottom three by defeating second-bottom Reggina, Roma will accept nothing less than 3 points away at Torino while Napoli, who are enjoying a good season, visit bottom side Chievo. Genoa, who have a series of teams coveting their European spot, will hope to maintain it away at Lecce who have won twice at the Via Del Mare all season, Palermo visit Sampdoria with the home crowd desperate for improvement and finally, Lazio and Juventus face off at the Olimpico. In what way will Alessando Del Piero dominate this week? The veteran is in terrific form and is carrying his side, who have one of the best records away from home.

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