Friday, 5 October 2007

Serie B Week 8: Weekend Preview

The race for Serie A is as competitive as ever and all eyes will be on the crunch game at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

It’s a clash of the titans as Bologna entertain Lecce. Things still haven’t quite clicked for Bologna and last week’s stalemate with Cesena was a perfect demonstration of the building frustration. Coach Daniele Arrigoni can be in no doubt that his task is to deliver promotion, but at the moment the Felsinei are blending in to the chasing pack. The defence seems solid, but despite the addition of the prolific Adailton they have only hit the net nine times in seven games.

Lecce are truly a form side. A 3-0 win over Chievo asserted the Puglians’ credentials and they are playing thrilling football under Giuseppe Papadopulo. Elvis Abbruscato was the hero last week, and Simone Tiribocchi is the more regular star, but the Salentini’s true stars are their stoppers as they have only conceded twice all campaign. Lecce will take some stopping, but Bologna need to step up – this could be an epic tussle. Or a 0-0.

Chievo host Rimini looking to bounce back from their Via Del Mare hammering, but their preparations have been far from smooth. The club was stunned when Nigerian striking star Victor Obinna was involved in a horrific car crash on the way back from training on Tuesday. Miraculously, the powerful hitman escaped unscathed and should be ready to feature next week. Whether the Flying Donkeys can stop their season spinning out of control is another matter, but they should have too much for last term’s surprise package.

Albinoleffe show no signs of reverting to mediocrity after demolishing Bari 4-1. Every week could be the week the bubble bursts, but a trip to Messina could easily end their unbeaten start and see them finally vacate the top spot. Surely a side with a fanbase that wouldn’t be out of place in the Blue Square Premier and a kit that went out of fashion in the 1980s can’t keep flirting with Serie A.

Pisa’s dream start is also in jeopardy as they welcome Ascoli. The Piceni have been driven forward by striker Andrea Soncin and Marco Bernacci, but they will need to be at their best if they are to silence the precocious Pisa. The Nerazzurri were gifted a last minute winner against Treviso last week to move on to 13 points – they shouldn’t expect such favours against the Woodpeckers.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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