Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2016/2017
|25.Napoli - Atalanta|
|Juventus - Empoli|
|26.Palermo - Sampdor.|
|Chievo - Pescara|
|Lazio - Udinese|
|Genoa - Bologna|
|Sassuolo - Milan|
|Crotone - Cagliari|
|Inter - Roma|
|27.Fiorentina - Torino|
Bonucci back for Juventus
Massimiliano Allegri has welcomed back Leonardo Bonucci for Juventus' clash with Empoli on Saturday after the centre-back apologised for an outburst toward his coach. Bonucci was left out of the matchday squad for the Champions League win over Porto in midweek following a heated argument with Allegri during last week's Serie A win over Palermo. But Allegri has made it clear everything is forgiven following Bonucci's apology.
Kondogbia sidelined with flu
Geoffrey Kondogbia has a fever and is a doubt for Sunday's match against Roma at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The French midfielder had aimed to return to the team after serving a suspension, but he suffered from flu-like symptoms. Jeison Murillo and Marcelo Brozovic underwent tests this week. A scan gave the Colombian the all clear, while the Croatian midfielder is recovering well from a fractured toe and could make the bench this weekend.
Napoli hit by Allan injury blow
Napoli will be without Allan for the immediate future after the midfielder sustained a groin injury during last weekend's clash with Chievo. The 26-year-old Brazilian underwent scans on Tuesday which diagnosed his injury and a statement on Napoli's official website read: "Today Allan underwent ultrasound exams which confirmed muscle distraction to the left adductor." Allan will definitely miss Saturday's Serie A match at home to Atalanta with the following weekend's trip to fellow high-flyers Roma also in doubt.
Genoa sack coach Ivan Juric
Genoa announced that manager Ivan Juric has been sacked, with Andrea Mandorlini replacing him in the hot seat. Sunday's 5-0 hammering at the hands of Zdenek Zeman's Pescara was an eighth defeat in the last ten games for Genoa, and something had to change. With just two points picked up in that run, Genoa are sliding towards the relegation zone, and manager Juric has paid the ultimate price.
Murillo could miss Roma game
Stefano Pioli may have to do without Jeison Murillo as well as the suspended Miranda next week when Inter face Roma. The Colombian defender limped off in the second half of the victory over Bologna and it is believed the injury is to his right thigh. Tests will take place in the coming days to confirm the severity.
Florenzi to miss rest of season
Roma have confirmed that Alessandro Florenzi's season is over after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee he first injured last October. Tests on the cruciate ligament he tore four months ago confirmed that another operation is necessary. He was re-injured in training last week but the injury was not confirmed until it was examined Friday. The Italy international made just nine Serie A appearances this season.
Inter confirm Banega knee injury
Inter have confirmed midfielder Ever Banega will miss Sunday's Serie A game against Empoli due to a twisted knee. No timescale has been set for Banega's recovery, with the Argentina international having endured a mixed season since signing from Sevilla. Inter coach Stefano Pioli will also be without star striker Mauro Icardi as the captain is suspended for kicking a ball at an official during last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Juventus. Pioli has named teenage striker Andrea Pinamonti in his 21-man squad, with Ivan Perisic banned and Marcelo Brozovic unavailable due to a broken toe.
Romagnoli sidelined by injury
AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli is set to be sidelined with a thigh injury. Milan did not reveal how long the 22-year-old would be out, saying only that he "underwent a medical examination that revealed an injury to his right thigh flexor."
The injury is another setback to Milan's back line, which is already without Mattia De Sciglio, Luca Antonelli and Davide Calabria. Gabriel Paletta will also be suspended for Monday's clash against Lazio, leaving a selection dilemma for coach Vincenzo Montella.
|19.2||Bologna - Inter||0 : 1|
|19.2||Chievo - Napoli||1 : 3|
|19.2||Milan - Fiorentina||2 : 1|
|19.2||Roma - Torino||4 : 1|
|19.2||Udinese - Sassuolo||1 : 2|
|19.2||Sampdor. - Cagliari||1 : 1|
|19.2||Pescara - Genoa||5 : 0|
|18.2||Atalanta - Crotone||1 : 0|
|18.2||Empoli - Lazio||1 : 2|
|17.2||Juventus - Palermo||4 : 1|
Italian Serie A stats
|home wins||51 %|
|away wins||30 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2016/2017
Serie A is the highest football (Calcio) league in Italy. The new format was introduced in the 2004/05 season, when the number of teams was increased from 18 to 20. The teams play a total of 380 matches in a season, with three points awarded for a victory and one for a draw. Each team plays each other twice, once at their home ground and once at their opponents, making a season-total of 38 games. All games in the last four rounds of the season must be played at the same time. The team ending with the most points gains the Italian Serie A title (Scudetto).
According to the final standings, the first two teams enter the group phase of the UEFA Champions League, while the third have to go through qualifying rounds to enter the competition. The bottom three teams in Serie A are relegated to the Italian Second Division, Serie B. The Serie B champions and the runners-up are promoted directly, while the third promoted team is determined by a play-off between the four teams finishing from third through sixth place.