Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2016/2017
|21.Chievo - Fiorentina|
|Milan - Napoli|
|22.Juventus - Lazio|
|Bologna - Torino|
|Empoli - Udinese|
|Palermo - Inter|
|Genoa - Crotone|
|Pescara - Sassuolo|
|Atalanta - Sampdor.|
|Roma - Cagliari|
Defensive problems for Milan
Coach Vincenzo Montella has a selection problem ahead of Monday's match at Torino due to injuries suffered by his full-backs. Mattia De Sciglio will miss the game due to a heel injury and Luca Antonelli due to fitness problems. Davide Calabria is expected to deputise at left-back, but he has made just once substitute appearance after three months out of action.
Juventus complete Caldara deal
Juventus have confirmed the signing of Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara in a deal that could be worth up to €25million. Caldara will spend the next 18 months back on loan at Atalanta, before joining Juve on a deal that runs until 2021. The centre-back has scored three goals in 11 Serie A games this season.
Gagliardini joins Inter
Inter Milan have completed the loan signing of Roberto Gagliardini from Serie A side Atalanta. The deal for the 22-year-old central midfielder will run until 2018, when it is understood that the Milan club will make the move a permanent pending appearances. Gagliardini has twice been called up for senior Italy duty but is yet to feature in a Giampiero Ventura side. He has made a total of 14 appearances in Serie A and appeared 51 times in Italy's second division.
Milan add Storari from Cagliari
Marco Storari has rejoined Milan on loan from Cagliari as the Serie A clubs swapped goalkeepers. Storari, 40, will join Milan until his contract expires at the end of the season, while Brazilian goalkeeper Gabriel moves to the Sardinian club on loan after extending his Milan contract through the 2018/19 season. Storari previously enjoyed a spell with Milan between January 2007 and June 2010, making 13 appearances in all competitions. He helped Cagliari win Serie B last season and return to the top flight but recently lost his starting job to Rafael.
Taarabt joins Genoa on loan
Adel Taarabt has joined Genoa on an 18-month loan in a bid to rejuvenate his career. The former Tottenham and QPR winger, who also had loan spells with Fulham and AC Milan, joined Portuguese champions Benfica on a five-year deal in June 2015. However, Taarabt failed to play a single match for the club's senior side after he was banished to the B team following a fall-out with the club's hierarchy amid claims of partying and fitness issues.
Napoli confirm Pavoletti signing
Napoli have confirmed the signing of Leonardo Pavoletti from Genoa for a reported transfer fee of €13m. The 28-year-old striker has scored four goals in 10 appearances in all competitions this term despite struggling with injury problems. His arrival is expected to hasten the departure of Manolo Gabbiadini, who has been linked with Stoke City and Sampdoria.
Vermaelen injured in training
Roma defender Thomas Vermaelen will be monitored on a day-to-day basis after tests revealed he has swelling in his left calf. The centre-back, who is on loan from Barcelona, picked up the injury in Monday's training session. Vermaelen has made just three Serie A starts for Roma in his time at the Stadio Olimpico.
Rincon signs for Juventus
Juventus have completed the signing of Genoa midfielder Tomas Rincon for an initial fee of €8m - a figure which could rise by €1m on reaching certain conditions within the contract. Rincon, who becomes the first ever Venezuelan to represent the Bianconeri, has signed a deal with Juventus lasting until 30 June 2020.
|16.1||Torino - Milan||2 : 2|
|15.1||Lazio - Atalanta||2 : 1|
|15.1||Udinese - Roma||0 : 1|
|15.1||Sampdor. - Empoli||0 : 0|
|15.1||Cagliari - Genoa||4 : 1|
|15.1||Fiorentina - Juventus||2 : 1|
|15.1||Napoli - Pescara||3 : 1|
|15.1||Sassuolo - Palermo||4 : 1|
|14.1||Inter - Chievo||3 : 1|
|14.1||Crotone - Bologna||0 : 1|
Italian Serie A stats
|home wins||53 %|
|away wins||26 %|
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.