Friday, 7 September 2007

Serie B Week 3: Weekend Preview

While the stars of Serie A take a break from domestic action, there’s no rest for the majority of the Cadetti clubs as the season gathers pace.

The only game to be postponed is the fixture between a Brescia side with a 100 per cent record and struggling Piacenza. Due to international call-ups, it will now be played on Tuesday September 18.

After a sluggish opener, Bologna have found their stride and are the team to beat. The Felsinei were rejuvenated by the arrival of proven goal scorer Adailton, who found the net against Spezia just hours after arriving at the club. They will expect maximum points as they entertain Ravenna, but you underestimate the Serie B newcomers at your peril as Ascoli found out last week.

"He has settled in very well as he is so Brazilian, that is bubbly and extroverted," explained defender Marcello Castellini. "He’s a big personality on the pitch and he always wants the ball at his feet. He could really make the difference."

Chievo have received an unexpected boost with the return of Nigerian striking star Victor Obinna for their clash with Treviso. The powerful hitman spent the week AWOL and there was speculation he had played his last game for the Ceo, but he is back and ready to help Sergio Pellissier with the goal scoring burden.

Treviso boss Beppe Pillon is a familiar figure to the visitors having led the Flying Donkeys to Champions League football two seasons ago before the Bentegodi bubble burst. The Trevigiani were edged out by Lecce last week while the Gialloblu crushed Triestina, but this northern battle is too close to call.

Crowds will be flocking to Modena this weekend to pay tribute to the city’s favourite son Luciano Pavarotti, but they could do worse than take a detour to the Stadio Braglia on Saturday. The Canarini have been quick out of the blocks and will look to see off a Spezia side facing a grim campaign. The visitors defeat against Bologna this week was especially cruel for Fiorentina-owned ace Giullherme Do Prado whose £200 shoes were stolen from the dressing room during the game.

Meanwhile, two promotion hopefuls meet at the Stadio Martelli where Mantova host Messina and Lecce try to make it nine points from nine as they visit stuttering Triestina.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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