Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2017/2018
|31.Bologna - Roma|
|Atalanta - Udinese|
|Inter - Verona|
|Lazio - Beneven.|
|Cagliari - Torino|
|Fiorentina - Crotone|
|Genoa - SPAL|
|Sassuolo - Napoli|
|Chievo - Sampdor.|
|Juventus - Milan|
Khedira provides positive injury update
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira was taken off yesterday during Germany's international friendly clash against Spain. Amidst concern that he could be a doubt for the games against Milan and Real Madrid, Khedira took to Instagram to post a positive update regarding his injury: "By the way, don't worry about my sub. It was only a precautionary measure after I felt a small induration. But now everything is fine again!"
Cengiz suffers knee injury
Forward Cengiz Under will miss Turkey's friendly against Republic of Ireland with a knee injury. Turkey manager Mircea Lucescu confirmed the Roma winger suffered a distortion to his left knee in training with Turkey national team. However, Under will likely be fit for Roma's upcoming fixtures against Bologna in Serie A and Barcelona in the Champions League. The 20-year-old has six goals and one assist in 24 appearances in all competitions so far this season.
Hamsik withdraws from Slovakia squad
Marek Hamsik has pulled out of Slovakia's squad for the King's Cup after having his tonsils removed. The Napoli captain had been due to feature in his country's opening game against the United Arab Emirates on Thursday at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, but will now stay in Italy to recover. The 30-year-old missed a handful of training sessions in January with tonsillitis and a decision was made on Wednesday to undergo a small operation to remove his tonsils.
Alex Sandro sustained a thigh injury
Juventus star Alex Sandro has been ruled out of the Brazilian national side due to an injury. The 27-year-old left-back sustained an injury in Brazil training and he could not carry on. The tests that were later carried out showed that the player will have to return to Italy and recover from what has been told to be a muscle injury on his right thigh.
Chiellini exit down to 'muscular fatigue'
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri did not appear overly concerned about Giorgio Chiellini's injury, despite seeing the key defender forced to leave the pitch late-on in Saturday's 0-0 stalemate with SPAL. "Chiellini has muscular fatigue, but at the moment we don't have any more on that," Allegri said after the match. "It's only human that when you are top of the Serie A table, in the Champions League quarterfinals and the Coppa Italia final, you can miss a beat and lack energy once in a while."
Pedro suspended for doping
Cagliari forward Joao Pedro has been suspended indefinitely after testing positive for a banned substance, becoming the second Serie A player this season to be banned for failing a doping test. Italy's national anti-doping organization announced the decision after the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide was found in his system following Cagliari's match with Sassuolo on February 11. In January, Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni was banned one year for doping after the steroid clostebol was found in a sample taken after his side lost to Torino 1-0 in September.
Dzeko to miss Serie A game
Serie A has announced the disqualifications for the next round in the league, in total 6 players will miss a match: Edin Dzeko and Federico Fazio (Roma), Stephan Lichtsteiner and Alex Sandro (Juventus), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna) and Federico Mattiello (Spal).
Dzeko netted a brace during Saturday's 4-2 win over Napoli to become the first player to score 50 goals in three of Europe's top five leagues.
Davide Astori dies aged 31
Serie A have officially postponed all of it's fixtures today following the tragic death of Fiorentina's Davide Astori. The Italian international was found dead in his hotel room where he was with his team ahead of the Udinese league game, aged just 31. Sunday's fixture between Udinese vs. Fiorentina was subsequently canceled, and the Italian top flight have now cancelled the rest of the games.
|18.3||Lazio - Bologna||1 : 1|
|18.3||Milan - Chievo||3 : 2|
|18.3||Torino - Fiorentina||1 : 2|
|18.3||Sampdor. - Inter||0 : 5|
|18.3||Napoli - Genoa||1 : 0|
|18.3||Verona - Atalanta||0 : 5|
|18.3||Crotone - Roma||0 : 2|
|18.3||Beneven. - Cagliari||1 : 2|
|17.3||Udinese - Sassuolo||1 : 2|
|17.3||SPAL - Juventus||0 : 0|
Italian Serie A stats
|home wins||42 %|
|away wins||37 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2017/2018
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.