Friday, 14 September 2007

Serie A Week 3: Weekend Preview

Juventus will be looking to continue their 100% start to the new Serie A season when they host Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Claudio Ranieri's side have collected maximum points from their opening two games of the season and will be desperate to continue the trend on their immediate return to the top flight.

David Trezeguet has been in blistering form for the Bianconeri during the early stages, netting four goals over the two matches to take his Serie A total to an impressive 99 career goals.

But the encounter also marks an emotional occasion for Vincenzo Iaquinta and Sergio Almiron, both of whom used to ply their trade for Udinese.

Roma share the lead with Juve at the top of the table, and they will be just as keen to maintain their perfect record when they travel to Reggina.

The Amaranto themselves have had an unbeaten start to the campaign, albeit with two draws, and they will be hoping to extend their good recent home record against Roma.

Luciano Spalletti's side have won only one of their last four trips to Reggio de Calabria, and Reggina goalkeeper Andrea Campagnolo is determined to continue the trend. "It will be a particularly hard contest for us because Roma are a team of champions who play great football. We are aware of the quality in their side but we will also pose a threat," Campagnolo said.

Both Milan giants, AC Milan and Inter, lie just behind on four points, and will be ready to pounce should either of the top two slip up. Milan will be confident to pick up all three points when they travel to joint-bottom side Siena on Saturday, while city rivals Inter host Catania the following day at the San Siro.

Fiorentina and Atalanta are also level with the Milan duo, but that is due to change when they go head-to-head at the Stadio Franchi on Sunday. Fans are likely to be expecting a clash full of attacking flair after the pair more than proved their abilities during the opening games of the new term.

Sampdoria, the only other team two points adrift of the summit, are preparing to travel to Napoli with four points on the board. The Azzurri thrashed Udinese 5-0 in their last match and will be hoping to continue that form against the Genoa club at the Stadio San Paolo.

Livorno and Empoli join Siena at the bottom of the Serie A standings with no points going into Week 3. But Empoli boss Luigi Cagni faces a tough task if he is to mastermind their first points of the year away to unbeaten Lazio in Saturday's other encounter. The capital club are also looking for their first win of the season. Livorno meanwhile, will find it just as tough at Genoa, with both clubs looking to move up the table.

In the weekend's other games, an entertaining clash is in prospect at the Stadio Renzo Barbera as Palermo take on Torino in Sicily and two relegation contenders play each other as Parma host an unbeaten Cagliari side in Sunday's evening match.

Source: Sporting Life

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