Serie A – Week 14 Preview

by Kevin Coleman

After some interesting results in week 13, this weekend sees two of the biggest clubs in Italy go head-to-head in the shape of Inter and Fiorentina, whilst the city of Genoa will be divided as Genoa take on Sampdoria in the Derby della Lanterna. It’s shaping up to be yet another exciting week in Serie A.

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The game of the weekend sees Fiorentina travel to the San Siro to take on Internazionale in what should be an enthralling game on Sunday afternoon. Despite having lost at the hands of Parma last weekend, Fiorentina produced an efficient defensive display to dispatch Lyon in the Champions League in midweek and will be going into the game with Riccardo Montolivo back from suspension and boosted by the news that Alessandro Gamberini has recovered from injury in time to re-take his place in the centre of defence. Inter, on the other hand, were thoroughly outplayed by Barcelona on Tuesday night and Jose Mourinho will have to be careful that his players don’t carry their poor European form over into their league campaign. La Viola might just be catching the league leaders at a good time.

The other game that really catches the eye this weekend is that of Sampdoria’s short trip to Genoa to contest the Genoese derby, one of Italy’s most passionate rivalries. With both clubs harbouring ambitions of finishing the season in the top six, this is a clash between two of Serie A’s form sides and promises to be one of the most significant meetings between the two clubs in recent years. Genoa’s loss to lowly Livorno last weekend was a setback for Il Grifone and a wrong they will be looking to right against their fierce rivals. Conversely, Sampdoria have enjoyed the better form of the two sides of late, a relatively straightforward win over Chievo last week keeping Luigi Del Neri’s side in the top four for the time being. Although this instalment of the Derby della Lanterna is almost impossible to call, what is for certain is that it will be a tremendous spectacle with both sets of fans desperate to get the bragging rights over their city neighbours.

As far as the other clubs towards the top of the table are concerned, Juventus make the long trip to Sardinia to face eighth-placed Cagliari in what could prove a difficult test for the Bianconeri as they continue in their bid to stay within touching distance of Inter. Leonardo’s Milan are also on the road this weekend, travelling to relegation-threatened Catania and confident of continuing their improved recent form with another victory which may, should Juve slip up, see them move up into second place.

Ribas Da Cunha Diego (L) of Juventus FC is challenged by Roberto Guana of Bologna FC during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Bologna FC at Olimpico Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Turin, Italy.

As Lazio continue to struggle towards the bottom of the table they face a crucial game against Bologna, the team directly below the Biancocelesti in the table. If Davide Ballardini’s side can register a win then they might just be able to start looking up the table again, but if the visitors take the points at the Stadio Olimpico Lazio might just find themselves embroiled in an ugly scrap for survival come the latter stages of the season. These weeks before the Christmas break are crucial for the Aquile if they are to break away from the basement and start making something of what has been a torrid season for them so far.

Week 14: Full Fixture List

28/11/2009

Udinese v Livorno
Genoa v Sampdoria

29/11/2009

Atalanta v Roma
Bari v Siena
Cagliari v Juventus
Catania v Milan
Chievo v Palermo
Internazionale v Fiorentina
Lazio v Bologna
Parma v Napoli

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