Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2016/2017
|1.Sassuolo - Lazio|
|Roma - Empoli|
|2.Torino - Udinese|
|Chievo - Crotone|
|Palermo - Cagliari|
|Fiorentina - Bologna|
|Genoa - Atalanta|
|Pescara - Milan|
|Napoli - Juventus|
|3.Inter - Sampdor.|
Abate ruled out for the season
Defender Ignazio Abate has been ruled out for the rest of the season, AC Milan have announced through their official website. "AC Milan announces that Ignazio Abate, after several medical examinations in Italy, went to Miami for an expert medical opinion in relation to the blunt forced trauma to his left eye suffered in the match against Sassuolo, last 26th February. The results of the visit are positive and the recovery is proceeding smoothly. Therapies will give Abate the opportunity to resume competitive activity during the summer preparation phase for the 2017/2018 season", the statement reads.
Dybala set to recover for Barca match
Juventus have been sweating over the fitness of Argentinian star Paulo Dybala who picked a muscle injury earlier last week but was allowed to travel to South America to join his national team. Tests confirmed that he could miss Argentina's next game against Chile but could play the following one against Bolivia, therefore Dybla should be eligible to play games against Napoli and Barcelona in April after the international break.
Dybala forced off with injury
Paulo Dybala was forced off with what appeared to be a muscular injury in the first half of Juventus' Serie A clash with Sampdoria. Dybala dropped to the ground while standing alone near the centre circle, eventually getting back to his feet to walk down the tunnel after 28 minutes. Juve will be hopeful no serious damage has been done with the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final against Napoli and a Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona coming up next month.
Benatia suffers injury
Juventus centre-back Mehdi Benatia sustained a knock to the adductor muscle region in his right thigh during Tuesday's Champions League match against Porto. While not a serious injury, the defender's condition will be assessed on a daily basis over the course of next week.
Bacca receives one-match ban
The ruling on Juventus striker Carlos Bacca is a one-match ban for the actions that took place at the end of the match with Milan last week. The expectation was for a stiffer disqualification, but Bacca was let off because "there were nothing insulting said directly to the referees." The justification for Bacca was that it was only a vivid disagreement with the official's decision to award the penalty, nearly past the last stages of extra time.
Perotti misses out after training injury
Diego Perotti is the major absentee from the Roma squad that will face Palermo. Perotti picked up a minor complaint in his right flexor muscle during Friday's training session. As a precautionary measure he will not travel to Palermo, and will be assessed further on Monday. Kostas Manolas is suspended for the game, while Alessandro Florenzi remains a long-term injury absentee.
Chiellini ruled out
Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of Serie A clash with AC Milan. The defender picked up a muscle injury against Udinese and manager Max Allegri has decided to drop him for Friday's game as the Old Lady's tactician hopes him to recover in time to face Porto in Champions League on Tuesday. Chiellini has already missed several games through injuries this season and Mehdi Benatia is said to be the leading candidate to replace the rock-solid defender against AC Milan.
Bad news for Fofana
Udinese will be without one of their best players for the remainder of the season after they lost Seko Fofana during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Juventus. The French midfielder sustained the fracture to his fibula during an accidental clash and will have surgery this week. Fofana has scored five goals from midfield in his 22 Serie A games this season.
|19.3||Atalanta - Pescara||3 : 0|
|19.3||Bologna - Chievo||4 : 1|
|19.3||Empoli - Napoli||2 : 3|
|19.3||Roma - Sassuolo||3 : 1|
|19.3||Udinese - Palermo||4 : 1|
|19.3||Sampdor. - Juventus||0 : 1|
|19.3||Cagliari - Lazio||0 : 0|
|19.3||Crotone - Fiorentina||0 : 1|
|18.3||Milan - Genoa||1 : 0|
|18.3||Torino - Inter||2 : 2|
Italian Serie A stats
|home wins||50 %|
|away wins||31 %|
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.