Serie A Week 3

 
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Watch Fiorentina v Atalanta

Two unbeaten sides go head to head at the Artemio Franchi Stadium on Sunday. The Viola will be hoping that the influential and talented Riccardo Montolivio will have recovered from his injury problem, having been forced to sit out the draw at the San Siro against AC Milan. Christian Vieri may again have to be content with appearing from the substitutes bench, as Fiorentina continue to build up his fitness.

Atalanta will also have their fingers crossed for the return of Cristiano Doni, who missed out on Atalanta's first win of the season against Parma. Simone Inzaghi made his debut from the bench in that game, and will be pushing for the starting line-up this weekend.


Watch Genoa v Livorno Live

Genoa have yet to score a goal this season, while Livorno are enduring numerous problems in trying to keep the ball out of their net. The away side have conceded nine goals already in this campaign, after only two games.

Genoa's biggest goal threat in their last game, Papa Waigo, will once again be relied upon to run amok amongst Livorno's disorganised back line. Experienced marksman Marco Di Vaio will also be looking to get his goal tally off the mark for this season.

Livorno will hope that highly rated keeper Marco Amelia returns after missing the 4-2 defeat by the side that was expected to sign him, Palermo. Summer signings Giuliano Giannichedda and Vikash Dhorasoo continue to edge closer to full fitness but it is unsure as to whether either of them will make it in time for Sunday's clash.


Watch Inter Milan v Catania Live

Inter's main concern will be the safe return from the Euro Qualifiers of their international stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Patrick Vieira and Dejan Stankovic, both Ibrahimovic and Stankovic have opened their goal accounts for Inter Milan this season. Depending on the fitness of Vieira, he is expected to play some part of the game on Sunday.

There is still no sign of Adriano forcing his way in, and goalkeeper Julio Cesar will return from suspension to push Francesco Toldo for the number one place. Toldo was impressive in Cesar's absence in keepeing Empoli out in their last fixture. Marco Materazzi is still on the treatment table, and is expected to be for some time yet.

Catania continue to seek their first league win of the season, and it is highly unlikely that that will arrive in the San Siro this Sunday. Silvio Baldini will once again be in the stands, as he attempts to instigate a memorable result for Catania.


Juventus v Udinese Online

It has been a tough opening for the travelling Udinese, after achieving an impressive point at Inter first game, they now have to travel to Olimpico Stadium to visit top of the table Juventus. The one game in their opening three fixtures that they will have been confident of picking up full points was in their last game at home to Napoli, they lost 5-0.

It is not expected that Juventus will make it any easier for them on Sunday. They were fortunate to come away from Cagliari with a win in their last game, but their convincing victory over Livorno in the opening fixture, suggests that Juventus may be too strong for Udinese here. Jonathan Zebina will be missing through suspension, following his sending off against Cagliari.

Udinese created problems for Inter, the main threat coming from Gyan Asamoah, who will look to trouble the Juventus defence in the way that Cagliari's strikers Larrivey and Matri did in the last game, especially in the first half. Fabio Quagliarella must assert himself on the game if Udinese are to come away with anything.

David Trezeguet already has four Serie A goals this season, and will remain Juventus' biggest goal threat.


Watch Lazio v Empoli (Saturday)

Both sides are yet to register their first win of the season, Lazio have drawn their two opening games, while Empoli have been beaten in both.

Goran Pandev and Tommaso Rocchi represent a big threat to Empoli, the two strikers have been in decent form this season, both scoring in their opening game against Torino, aswell as both hitting the back of the net against Dinamo Bucharest in the Third Qualifying round of the Champions League.

The fixture list has not been particularly kind to Empoli in the opening weeks. They kicked off away to Fiorentina, where they were soundly beaten 3-1, then had Inter visit in their last game, losing 2-0, but there were signs of encouragement in this game. They made Inter work hard for their victory, while creating a handful of chances themselves. They must take these chances against Lazio, and Juventus owned youngster Sebastien Giovinco will hope to build on his growing reputation.


Napoli v Sampdoria

The opening game at the San Paolo was a huge disappointment to the Napoli fans, but the side swept their criticisms aside and produced a fantastic display away to Udinese in their last fixture. Sampdoria have accumulated four points in their opening two games, and will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The Napoli fans may well have a new hero in Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi. He was breathtaking at Udinese, and has been compared with a number of top class Argentine players, from Carlos Tevez to Diego Maradona. Marcelo Zalayeta is also impressing his new employers, and suggests that his double against Udinese is just the beginning. He insists Napoli will see the real Zalayeta, not the subdued one that appeared at Juventus.

Fears over the injury to Antonio Cassano have been eased, after it was confirmed that it was not as serious as first thought, but nevertheless it is still a thigh strain that will keep him out of action this weekend. The injury was picked up in a friendly against Swiss side Bellinzona last weekend.


Palermo v Torino Feeds

Palermo must aim to play with the same intensity that saw them take a 4-0 lead in the first half of their last game against Livorno. Torino, meanwhile, drew both of their opening games 2-2 against Lazio and Reggina respectively.

Palermo's signing of Fabrizio Miccoli appears to have been an inspirational one, judging by his performance in their last game, where he was at the centre of anything good from Palermo.

Torino's loan signing Alvaro Recoba from Inter is threatening to be a similar signing. He helped Torino to a point against Reggina on his debut.

Torino striker David Di Michele is still unavailable following his gambling ban, and will not be able to play against the side he left in the summer, unlike Eugenio Corini who is expected to take his place in the Torino side against the side he represented for some four years.


Watch Parma v Cagliari

Cagliari will be hoping for a larger slice of luck in this game, than what they had against Juventus. The two forwards Joaquin Larrivey and Alessandro Matri showed signs that they would become a potent force, and Pasquale Foggia caused numerous problems down the right hand side. Parma must heed those warnings and nullify Foggia's threat.

Parma boss Mimmi Di Carlo will have enjoyed the weekend break last week, in order to read the riot act to his squad who were simply not at the races in their previous game at Atalanta. He will demand much better this weekend. The time will also have been spent building up the fitness of new signings Bernardo Corradi and Mariga, in order to create competition for places, and give his side a greater threat going forward.


Watch Reggina vs AS Roma Online

Roma are one of only two sides still with a 100% record intact, thanks in the main to Alberto Aquilani's impressive performances and strikes in the opening games. Reggina, you can guarantee, will be only too aware of the threat he poses from the midfield area, and will look to close him down at every possible opportunity when he shapes up for a shot outside the box.

Reggina are also unbeaten at the start of this season, but only just, they left it very late before equalising against Torino in their last fixture. Without Rolando Bianchi this year, Reggina will rely on everybody to chip in with the goals, but Nicola Amoruso is leading the way, he has scored in each of their first two games.

A potentially tricky game for the side from the capital, and in such tight games, all eyes will be on Francesco Totti to separate the sides with a touch of genius. You can watch live Serie A football inside our dedicated member’s area.

 

Watch Siena vs AC Milan Live

Early indications suggest it may a tough struggle for Siena, who are yet to register a point yet this season. Milan on the other hand are hoping to regain what they believe is rightfully theirs, the Scudetto.

Paolo Maldini is still to play this season, and is not expected to feature here, Pippo Inzaghi will be in contention for the sole strikers role with Alberto Gilardino. The rest of the side is expected to remain the same, on the proviso that the international players return in fine fettle.

Siena will be looking to keep it much tighter after their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Roma, but will need to restrict Kaka to as few touches of the ball as is humanly possible. They are also yet to get their attacking play going, and they will not find many stiffer defences than Milan's.

Same old faces in the AC Milan side, but with the same ruthless efficiency that make them a serious threat to Inter's crown.




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