Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2017/2018
|21.SPAL - Roma|
|Sassuolo - Fiorentina|
|Milan - Beneven.|
|22.Cagliari - Bologna|
|Atalanta - Torino|
|Chievo - Inter|
|Lazio - Sampdor.|
|Udinese - Crotone|
|Juventus - Napoli|
|23.Genoa - Verona|
Defrel undergoes knee surgery
Roma forward Gregoire Defrel could be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee, which had originally been scheduled to take place this summer. However, after the 26-year-old sustained an ankle injury last week, the decision was taken to accelerate the process in the hope that both problems will heal at around the same time. Whilst Defrel has not been a regular starter for Eusebio Di Francesco's side, he has still made 20 appearances in all competitions.
Gagliardini's season could be over
Inter manager Luciano Spalletti is at risk of losing Roberto Gagliardini for the rest of the season according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who report the muscle injury could be serious. Gagliardini came off on a stretcher during the game against Cagliari, visibly sore, with his hands on his face. The former Atalanta player remained in the locker for the rest of the evening and left the stadium limping. The 24-year-old suffered two minor knocks to the ankle and groin beforehand.
Immobile fit for Fiorentina match
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile will be fit to start Wednesday's match against Fiorentina. The Serie A's top-scorer was a doubt after picking up an injury in the derby draw with Roma last weekend. However, Italian media reports say that Immobile came through a morning training session well, and should start for Lazio. Immobile scored 27 goals in Serie A this season.
Manolas suffers injury
Roma have suffered a potentially huge blow ahead of their Champions League clash with Liverpool next week, with the news that defender Kostas Manolas is a major doubt for the game. The Greece international suffered an injury during the Rome derby against Lazio, but the full extent of the problem is not revealed. Manolas headed in late on against Barcelona last week to secure a 3-0 victory on the night and progression via the away goals rule.
Romagnoli to miss at least two weeks
AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli will miss at least two weeks with a thigh injury suffered in Sunday's draw with Sassuolo. His absence deals a blow to the Rossoneri's slim hopes of Champions League qualification, with title contenders Napoli next to visit Milan on Sunday in the first of three games in seven days. Romagnoli has made 25 league appearances this term for Gennaro Gattuso's sixth-placed side.
Barzagli suffers abdominal injury
Andrea Barzagli is set to miss Juventus' trip to Benevento on Saturday after suffering an abdominal injury. Juventus have confirmed the 36-year-old defender was hurt during the Serie A side's 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, although he completed the game. Test showed that Barzagli has a "distracting trauma of the oblique muscles of the abdomen".
Conti to miss six more months
Andrea Conti is set to undergo surgery on his left knee and spend another six months on the sidelines after tests revealed he had damaged his cruciate ligaments again. The full-back, who joined Milan from Atalanta in the summer, tore the ligaments in September after just two Serie A appearances for the club. Conti suffered a setback in training last week and tests revealed a further operation was necessary.
Roma rocked by Nainggolan injury blow
Radja Nainggolan could miss Roma's Champions League quarter-final showdown with Barcelona after suffering what appeared to be a muscular injury against Bologna. Nainggolan, a key figure in Eusebio Di Francesco's midfield, limped out of Saturday's Serie A clash after 16 minutes, clutching his right thigh. It remains to be seen whether the 29-year-old will be fit to feature in the first leg at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
|18.4||Roma - Genoa||2 : 1|
|18.4||Torino - Milan||1 : 1|
|18.4||Sampdor. - Bologna||1 : 0|
|18.4||Fiorentina - Lazio||3 : 4|
|18.4||Napoli - Udinese||4 : 2|
|18.4||Verona - Sassuolo||0 : 1|
|18.4||Crotone - Juventus||1 : 1|
|18.4||SPAL - Chievo||0 : 0|
|18.4||Beneven. - Atalanta||0 : 3|
|17.4||Inter - Cagliari||4 : 0|
Italian Serie A stats
|home wins||43 %|
|away wins||34 %|
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.