Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2017/2018
|22.Chievo - Verona|
|Atalanta - Bologna|
|Milan - Genoa|
|Torino - Roma|
|SPAL - Sassuolo|
|Beneven. - Fiorentina|
|Udinese - Juventus|
|Lazio - Cagliari|
Insigne doubtful for Inter clash
Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne has admitted that he is not yet sure whether he will be fit to face Inter in next weekend's Serie A clash. The Italy international was forced to withdraw in the second half of Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League defeat against Manchester City with a thigh injury. The Serie A leaders will be closely monitoring the fitness of Insigne ahead of the game against second-placed Inter.
Saponara sidelined again with injury
Riccardo Saponara faces another spell on the sidelines after sustaining a foot injury. The Fiorentina striker will miss Sunday's Serie A match against Udinese. Saponara only returned from an ankle injury before the international break, playing 34 minutes against Chievo for his first appearance of the season. However, his latest problem is not linked to any previous.
Mario Mandzukic is the latest Juventus player to be sidelined on international duty, with Croatia coach Ante Cacic calling it a "potentially serious" injury. The striker played in the World Cup qualifiers against Finland, scoring Croatia's only goal before limping off with an ankle injury.
"Mario's problem is potentially serious, as he limped away despite the fact he has a very high pain threshold," Cacic said after the game. "Over the next few days we'll see the extent of the issue and work out what is to be done next."
Roma duo to miss Milan match
Roma will be without forward Gregoire Defrel and midfielder Diego Perotti for Sunday's Serie A match with Milan. Defrel will be sidelined for a month with a thigh injury, while Diego Perotti has only a slight muscular problem. Defrel picked up muscle injuries in the 2-1 Champions League win at Qarabag, while Perotti suffered the problem in training the day before.
Pjanic has thigh strain
Miralem Pjanic has a Grade 1-2 thigh strain as confirmed by Juve's official website and will undergo further checks. The midfielder was named in the starting XI for last night's Champions League match against Olympiacos, however he was injured in the warm-up. Juventus have since announced Pjanic is out of action for the foreseeable future and will miss this weekends trip to Bergamo to face Atalanta.
Howedes to miss four weeks
Juventus defender Benedikt Howedes will be out of action for four weeks after picking up a thigh injury in training on Thursday. The Germany international, who is yet to make his debut following his loan move from Schalke in August, has aggravated a previous injury in his left leg. The injury also ruled Howedes out of Saturday's 4-0 derby win over Torino.
Napoli fear more knee surgery for Milik
Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik could face knee surgery for a second consecutive season. The Poland international limped off during the closing stages of Saturday's 3-2 win at SPAL, where Maurizio Sarri's men extended their 100% start in Serie A. Milik's debut campaign in Naples was hindered by cruciate ligament damage sustained on international duty last October and, although he told reporters after the match his latest setback is "not like last time", the club refused to rule out the surgical route after initial tests on the 23-year-old.
Howedes will be out for "a few weeks"
The wait for Benedikt Howedes' Juventus debut goes on. "I strained a muscle in training on Thursday, which will mean that I will miss a few weeks," wrote the Germany international on Twitter. "I'm obviously really disappointed - I had a very different idea of how my start at the club would go."
The 29-year old moved to the Turin club from Schalke 04 on a loan deal at the end of August. However, he hasn't been able to make an appearance yet due to injury. His Germany teammate Sami Khedira also missed the derby with Torino on Saturday, although he should be back in the squad for Champions League game against Olympiacos on Wednesday.
|21.10||Sampdor. - Crotone||5 : 0|
|21.10||Napoli - Inter||0 : 0|
|16.10||Verona - Beneven.||1 : 0|
|15.10||Bologna - SPAL||2 : 1|
|15.10||Inter - Milan||3 : 2|
|15.10||Sampdor. - Atalanta||3 : 1|
|15.10||Cagliari - Genoa||2 : 3|
|15.10||Fiorentina - Udinese||2 : 1|
|15.10||Sassuolo - Chievo||0 : 0|
|15.10||Crotone - Torino||2 : 2|
Italian Serie A stats
|home wins||43 %|
|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.