• Friday, 3 April 2009

    Serie A Round 30 Preview

    Atalanta v Fiorentina
    Cagliari v Catania
    Juventus v Chievo
    Palermo v Torino
    Reggina v Genoa
    Roma v Bologna
    Sampdoria v Napoli
    Siena v Lazio
    Udinese v Inter Milan
    AC Milan v Lecce

    After the international break, which always seems much longer than it actually is, focus shifts back to domestic matters. Jose Mourinho will be rueing the games though, as Maicon got injured this week while playing for Brazil. Their opponents Udinese also suffered as Antonio Di Natale is probably out for the season after suffering a knee injury. Udinese lost just once in March but placed 13th are still experiencing a poor season. Inter by contrast are 7 points clear at the top and seemingly dead certs for the title.

    Juventus experienced better luck during the break and should face Chievo with a full-strength squad. The break could not have come at a worse time for the Verona outfit, who went unbeaten in March collected 10 points, a run which saw them go 6 clear of the drop. Juve should win this and need to if they retain any hope of winning Lo Scudetto. AC Milan, also in decent nick with one defeat in 5, host a Lecce side who badly need to pick up points to get out of trouble.

    Diego Milito is another international casualty, he'll miss Genoa's trip to bottom-placed Reggina; Fiorentina, hot on their heels, will look to take advantage of any Grifone slip-up away at Atalanta, where Christian Vieri stormed off in a huff this week. The Viola collected just one win in March and need to do better to snaffle that precious 4th spot. Roma, whose form has also dipped of late in time with some horrendous injuries, host struggling Bologna.

    The man in form for both club and country is Giampaolo Pazzini, whose signing for Sampdoria has revitalised their season. Another club underperforming is Napoli, and the two sides meet in Genoa to see which one can drag themselves into the top half. There could also be some shifting positions in mid-table as Cagliari play Catania, Palermo host Torino and Siena host Lazio, who will be hoping keeper Juan Carrizo has a better afternoon than he did in La Paz this week.

    All the matches are on Sunday given the air miles clocked up by the players.

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