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Udinese v Pescara

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 12:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:08:58)

Strange looking side I thought for myself when I saw the Udinese starting line up against Juventus. Del Neri knew of course better than me and his Udinese looked in better shape, were more organized than Iachini’s Udinese. They lost the match 1-2, but they made a pretty good impression. A player I never heard of, Jankto, score their goal against Juventus. Badu and Widmer are back in contention, maybe also Hallfredsson, but it is quite possible that Del Neri will stick to his starting line up from last week.

Pescara, down to ten, could easily have defeated Sampdoria, but their penalty was saved. Manaj, Creszensi and Gyomber remain sidelined and Coda will sit out a suspension. Pescara will be able to call on their two defenders Zampano and Fornasier again.

I am not ready to trust Udinese, as below evens winners, not yet and I do not think I will be involved in this game.


Manchester City v Southampton

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 14:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 10:59:57)

City matched Barcelona in the first half and I looked forward to an exciting second half of the game, but then, those magical Bravo feet, the feet who forced Joe Hart to join Torino, were not so magical and his clumsiness resulted in a red card and the match was finished there and then for City. The trouble with C Bravo is that he is not really a very strong goal keeper, but he is supposed to be excellent with his feet, unlike J Hart. Now we know better. Kun Aguero and V Kompany could return for this match, but Zabaleta suffered an injury against Barcelona and I doubt that he will take part in this game.

I am happy for the Southampton manager C Puel. I always thought he would succeed and Southampton are on a very healthy run at the moment, but no denying, their game away to Inter last night is a bit of a disturbance ahead of this top game vs City. They were the better side against Inter, but Inter scored the only goal of the game. R Bertrand and M Targett remain unfit.

Home win, I guess.


Atalanta v Inter Milan

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:16:19)

Napoli could not score against Atalanta (0-1) and last week Fiorentina (0-0) also failed to find the Atalanta net. Gasperini’s Atalanta are doing many things right at the moment and I do not think that the crisis club Inter are looking forward to this tricky away game. Konko is back for Atalanta, but they will probably be unchanged for this game.

Icardi missed a penalty for Inter, then they took the lead against Cagliari and it was game over, at least from my stand point, but Inter fell totally apart late on in the game and they lost the match 1-2.

De Boer, the Inter coach, is doing a terrible job, but their players probably deserve their coach, if you know what I mean. He sent out a strong side against Southampton last night and against the run of play Inter were able to score a winning goal in the second half.

I would back the home win.


Cagliari v Fiorentina

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:18:12)

The typical home team, Cagliari managed a sensational win away to Inter at the weekend. Melchiorri, a striker, played from the start instead of Borriello and he was the best Cagliari player. Di Gennaro, in for the injured J Pedro, also impressed. Di Gennaro will start again and then we will have to wait and see if Melchiorri will get the nod or Borriello will. Isla will be back in their midfield.

Fiorentina are a depressing case. There must be something wrong in Florence and I read somewhere that there are several players opposing their coach and I am inclined to believe these rumours. They just do not score goals and it is Fiorentina I am taking about, not Crotone. In Europe, however, it is another story. Kalinic and Babacar scored three goals against S Liberec last night and in the previous round they scored five goals.

I prefer the home win.


Crotone v Napoli

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:19:36)

With some fifteen minutes to go Crotone were 1-0 up away to Sassuolo, but it ended the same old, sad way with Crotone losing the match 1-2. Their forward Falcinelli played his best game of the season, but it was not enough. This will be the first real home game Crotone. They are back at their own stadium, in other words.

You know how I hate backing Napoli in their away games. Napoli have in fact lost their last three games, two of the home fixtures and these losses cannot only be down to bad luck. Their defenders have begun to make mistakes reminding me of the Benitez days and offensively they are struggling without Higuain and A Milik. Albiol, Hysaj and Allan will be back in contention for this game.

Embarrassing odds on the away win.


Empoli v Chievo

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:21:41)

I read somewhere that Empoli are the worst offensive side in Europe. I do not know if it is true, but they must be up there among the worst at least. They had one man more on the pitch at home to Genoa for an hour or so, but they obviously need more help and the match ended goal less for the seventh time this season for Empoli. Only Croce is on their injury list and I expect Maccarone to start in their front line. He started on the bench last week.

Chievo were OK at home to Milan, but the more classy Milan players made the difference and Milan won the match 3-1 Only Cesar and Hetemaj are doubts for Chievo and Gamberini and N Rigoni look set to replace the duo. Meggiorini will probably get the nod upfront this time.

The away win will be my choice.


Torino v Lazio

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:23:41)

Ljajic was fantastic, yes the whole Torino forward line and their midfielders impressed hugely against Palermo earlier this week. Torino won the match 4-1 and they scored some great goals.

Lazio dominated from start to finish at home to Bologna, but all they could come up with was a Immobile penalty in the last seconds of the game. Make no mistake, Lazio played a good game, but for their wastefulness in front of the Bologna goal. Yes and the Bologna keeper played a sensational game.

Basta will return for this match, but not yet Bastos, Biglia and Lukaku and Radu will sit out a suspension.

Backing the home win.


Chelsea v Manchester Utd

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:02:49)

Looking pretty good now, Chelsea and they totally controlled their game against Leicester last week (3-0 win). So far they have come up short against the best teams and this home game against Man United will show us if Chelsea have improved lately, or they have just faced inferior opponents. Willian should be back in contention.

Mourinho had a plan against Liverpool and his defensive organisation held firm in the game. A Herrera probably was their best player in the match, but De Gea proved his worth on two occasions. Offensively United offered very little, Ibrahimovic had one big chance and he missed it. Stopping E Hazard, taking care of D Costa, you almost know how Mourinho is planning for this game and there is every chance that we will witness another boring, so called big fixture.

Mourinho fielded a strong side last night against Fenerbahce, not their strongest, but Pogba played and their defence was almost intact. Rightly or wrongly I lost interest at half time with United in a 3-0 lead. The Turkish defence was unrecognizable.

Avoiding defeat will come first for Mourinho on Sunday and he will probably succeed.


Bologna v Sassuolo

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:26:15)

Da Costa, the Bologna keeper, was in fantastic form against Lazio and he single-handedly made the Bologna point possible (1-1).

Bologna are still missing their best forward Destro and Gastaldello will be suspended again this week, Dzemali will return, however. Krejci will be back in their offensive line, but his colleague Verdi is considered a serious injury doubt. Di Francesco could replace him.

The Sassuolo coach made a couple of significant changes in the second half against Crotone and it certainly paid off with a player called Iemello scoring one of the goals. Also Sensi made a fruitful contribution as a substitute. Their injury situation has improved lately and only three players, one of them Berardi, are now on their injury list.

Sassuolo were in Vienna last night playing against Rapid in a Europa League fixture and their coach used a mixed side.

Advantage Bologna in this match.


AS Roma v Palermo

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:28:19)

Just what Roma needed, a big away win. They have been struggling away from home this season, but the two Dzeko goals was enough for Roma to win against Napoli. They will probably be as they were for this game plus the returning K Strootman. El Shaarawy will probably play instead of Perrotti.

Roma played in Europe last night with coach Spalletti fielding a much changed side. El Shaarawy was in action scoring a couple of goals against Austria Vienna.

Expect no miracles from Palermo this season. They look quite average and how do you save your skin if you constantly are losing your home fixtures.? Trajkovski is fit at last and both Gazzi and Quasion could start in this game.

Home winner.