Friday, 14 September 2007

Serie B Week 4: Weekend Preview

While fears over TV rights are furrowing brows in the boardrooms, the fans remain captivated by the action on the pitch as the drama continues in the Cadetti.

This week’s games will all be played on Saturday afternoon as the Lega Calcio awaits a definitive bid for television rights and it promises to be an exciting day of action.

Giorgio Roselli won the Serie B sack race this week as newly-promoted Grosseto decided three defeats was an unforgivable start to their first Second Division season. It came as a surprise when Andrea Cuccureddu quit days after securing promotion from Serie C, but his departure now seems wise.

President Piero Camilli didn’t just pull the plug on ex-Cremonese man Roselli after a month in the job, he did so live on TV. Who would take a job with all the prospects of Steve McLaren’s hairdresser? Stefano Pioli is the answer. The ex-Parma flop needs to relaunch his career, but he’ll need immediate results if he is to do so with the Tuscan minnows.

Triestina fans have had few reasons to get excited in recent times, but the arrival of Uruguayan marksman Pablo Granoche has created a stir amongst the Alarbadati faithful. With two goals already to his name, the 24-year-old has already been ambitiously compared to the great Gabriel Batistuta.

"I always loved watching Batistuta on TV and since I started playing football I’ve always liked to hang around the opposition’s box and pounce on the chances I get," he explained. Granoche could prove invaluable to the Trieste outfit’s hopes of beating the drop and a trip to fellow strugglers Spezia is a great chance to shine.

Bologna are finding their feet after a sluggish start and will be pleased that their visit to Avellino will be played behind closed doors. Without the hostile atmosphere at the Partenio, the newly-promoted Irpini will do well to stop one of the promotion favourites who have been revitalised by the arrival of the prolific Adailton.

Vicenza have the tough task of hosting leaders Mantova who thrashed Messina 4-0 last week. Biancorossi boss Angelo Gregucci is hardly full of confidence after a 2-0 defeat at Bari that he claimed made him consider suicide.

Meanwhile, Brescia look to get revenge for a Coppa Italia defeat at Pisa and Chievo try to build on a fast start as they entertain a Modena side lacking suspended Nigerian star Stefano Chuka Okaka.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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