Serie A PREVIEW Week 1, 2016 – 2017 Round Serie A Week 1 – First Round on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August 2016

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Hello my friends.  It’s the start of the new 2016 – 2017 season.  Here is the Preview for the Serie A Week 1 – First Round on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August 2016.  Challenge is open for the contenders to win the Scudetto.    Favorite to win is  Juventus who won the 2015 -2016 Serie A Scudetto with 3 games to spare on Week 35.   Can they win the 6th consecutive Scudetto?  That’s the question!

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The 3 teams promoted to Serie A this season are Crotone, Cagliari, and Pescara after a 3 years absence.  Crotone promoted in Serie A for the first time in their history. Cagliari promoted after just one year of being relegated to Serie B.

There is much expectation with Juventus, Italy’s Champions, with the news that they signed the ex Napoli forward Gonzalo “El Pipita” Higuain who was the top scorer of the Serie A last season.    Juventus paid €90m for Higuain.   Technically, Juventus might be superior to the rest. Yet, Juventus lost midfielder Paul Pogba who transferred to the  Premier League Club Manchester United.  In any case, games are win on the pitch and stats sometimes might not work.   Juventus now have a promising Argentinian duo with Higuain and Paulo Dybala.

In the first round, we have an interesting match.  AC Milan vs Torino.  It’s an awaited match because the ex AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic face his ex team now as Torino Coach.

There is also expectation as how a strong candidate is Roma.    A continuous battle with the Roman gladiators failing year after year to win the Scudetto just as Napoli.   Roma and Napoli had been the main contenders to beat Juventus on their quest to grab the Scudetto.   It seems Juventus reinforced the team by also signing the ex Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

The Roman gladiators will face Udinese at the Olimpico Stadium.  Pressure is for Roma to win this home game to start the season on a high note.

Let’s get ready to watch the Serie A Week 1 games and root for your favorite teams.  Le’s roll the ball……


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Saturday 20 August 2016

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Olimpico di Roma Stadium
Referee: DI BELLO
Fourth Official: FIORITO

It’s the first game of the Serie A 2016 – 2017 Season!   Roma and Udinese facing to grab the first 3 points of the season at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium in Rome, Italy at 18:00.

Roma had just played the Champions League preliminary against Porto ending with a 1-1 draw.

There are 42 precedents between AS Roma vs Udinese in Rome.  Stats showing 24 wins for Roma, 12 draws, and Udinese with only 6 wins. Roma scoring 95 goals and Udinese 48 goals.

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of  AS ROMA:  2 wins, 1 draw

17/08/16 UCLQ Porto Roma 1:1 CL Playoff
10/08/16 CFG Latina Roma 0:1  Coppa Italia
04/08/16 CFG Montreal Roma 0:2


Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of UDINESE:  1 win, 1 drraw, 1 lost

13/08/16 CI Udinese Spezia 2:3 R3
10/08/16 CFG Udinese El Jaish 2:1
03/08/16 CFG Udinese Middlesbrough 0:0


Disciplinary Situation BEFORE the game.  No suspended players for AS ROMA

1 suspended player for UDINESE:  Thereau (2)

Here is the probable formation for Roma (4-3-3): Szczesny; Florenzi, Manolas, Vermaelen, Juan Jesus; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; Salah, Dzeko, El Shaarawy.

Unavailable: Mario Rui, Rüdiger
Here is the probable formation for  Udinese (3-5-2): Karnezis; Heurtaux, Danilo, Felipe; Widmer, Badu, Fofana, De Paul, Armero; Matos, Zapata.



Juventus Stadium
Referee: MASSA
Fourth Official: TONOLINI

Big clash to start the season.  Italy’s defending Champions Juventus facing Fiorentina for the Serie A Week 1 game on Saturday 20 August 2016 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy at 20:45.

There are 156 precedents between Juventus vs Fiorentina in Serie A.  76 games have been played in Turin with stats showing, Juventus with 53 wins, 20 draws, and Fiorentina with only 5 wins.   Juventus scoring 176 goals and Fiorentina 64 goals.    Curious detail, Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa was a Juventus player with 58 presence in Serie A as a Bianconeri player.

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of  JUVENTUS:  2 wins, 1 draw

13/08/16 CFG Juventus Espanyol 2:2
07/08/16 CFG West Ham Juventus 2:3
30/07/16 CFG South China Juventus 1:2

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of FIORENTINA:  3 lost

13/08/16 CFG Valencia Fiorentina 2:1
07/08/16 CFG Schalke 04 Fiorentina 3:1
04/08/16 CFG Fiorentina Leverkusen 1:3


Here is the probable formation for Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Dani Alves, Asamoah, Khedira, Pjanic, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Mandzukic.

Unavailable: Marchisio


Here is the probable formation for  Fiorentina (3-4-3): Tatarusanu; Tomovic, Rodriguez, Astori; Bernardeschi, Badelj, Vecino, Alonso; Ilicic, Kalinic, Zarate.

Unavailable: Borja Valero


New Juventus player “the ex Napoli forward” Gonzalo “El Pipita” Higuain


Sunday 21 August2016

San Siro Stadium
Referee: DAMATO
Fourth Official: PRETI

An emotional match for Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic the ex-AC Milan coach returning to San Siro.  Mihajlovic was replaced by coach Vincenzo Montella.    A tough mission for AC Milan to rebuild the team and get back to European competition as they are out Champions League and Europa League this season.  Which coach will debut with a victory?  Montella for AC Milan or Mihajlovic for Torino?

There are 70 precedents between AC Milan vs Torino in San Siro.  Stats showing AC Milan with 41 wins, 18 draws, and Torino with 11 wins.  AC Milan scoring 125 goals and Torino 49 goals.  In the overall there are 140 including games in Turin, stats still favoring AC Milan with 58 wins, 51 draws, and Torino with 31 wins.

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of AC MILAN:  1 win, 2 lost

14/08/16 CFG Freiburg Milan 0:2
04/08/16 ICC Milan Chelsea 1:3 1
31/07/16 ICC Liverpool Milan 2:0 1

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of TORINO:  2 wins, 1 draw

13/08/16 CI Turin Pro Vercelli 4:1 R3
06/08/16 CFG Turin Hull 2:1
04/08/16 CFG RB Leipzig Turin 0:0


Here is the probable formation for AC Milan (4-3-3): Donnarumma; De Sciglio, Paletta, Gustavo Gomez, Antonelli; Kucka, Montolivo, Bonaventura; Suso, Bacca, Niang.
Unavailable: Lapadula, Vangioni.

Here is the probable formation for Torino (4-3-3): Padelli; Zappacosta, Ajeti, Moretti, Silva; Acquah, Baselli, Benassi; Iago Falque, Belotti, Ljajic.
Unavailable: Maksimovic
The ex AC Milan Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic facing AC Milan now as Torino Coach


Adriatico Stadium
Fourth Official: POSADO

Pescara newly promoted from Serie B will look to start the 2016 – 2017 Serie A Season with a home victory.  It’s a tough challenge for Pescara coach Massimo Oddo considering Napoli to be technically superior and ending in second place last season.   However, a difference is that Napoli lost their main star forward Gonzalo Higuain who transferred to Juventus.  Higuain was the top scorer of the Serie A.   It’s a duel to battle for 90 minutes.  Surely, it will be a double joy for Pescara if they manage to grab a victory or even a draw.

There are 14 precedents between Pescara vs Napoli including 2 in Coppa Italia, 5 in Serie B, and 6 in Serie A., 1 in serie A/B.  Stats showing Pescara with 3 wins, 3 draws, and Napoli with 8 wins.  Pescara scoring 10 goals and Napoli 18 goals.     The last time Pescara and Napoli played in Serie A was back in the 2012 – 2013 Season with Napoli winning the home and away game.   The last time Pescara won the home game against Napoli was on May 16, 1993 with a score Pescara 3 – 0 Napoli.   Can they win this one?

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of  PESCARA:  2 wins, 1 lost

13/08/16 CI Pescara Frosinone 2:0 R3
06/08/16 CFG Pescara Celta Vigo 1:2
03/08/16 CFG Vicenza Pescara 1:2

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of  NAPOLI:  3 wins

13/08/16 CFG Hertha Napoli 1:4
07/08/16 CFG Napoli Monaco 5:0
01/08/16 CFG Napoli Nice 3:0


Here is the probable formation for Pescara (4-3-2-1): Bizzarri; Zampano, Coda, Gyomber, Biraghi; Memushaj, Brugman, Verre; Benali, Caprari; Manaj.

Unavailable: Fornasier, Nicastro, Campagnaro.

Here is the probable formation for  Napoli (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Valdifiori, Hamsik; Callejon, Gabbiadini, Mertens.

Unavailable:  Giaccherini, Tonelli



Atleti Azzurri D’Italia Stadium
Referee: BANTI
Fourth Official: VALERIANI

There are 96 precedents between Atalanta vs Lazio in Serie A.  Stats showing Atalanta with 32 wins, 37 draws, and Lazio with 27 wins.

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of ATALANTA:

13/08/16 CI Atalanta Cremonese 1.33 5.0 8.5 3:0 R3
06/08/16 CFG Atalanta E. Frankfurt 5:6 (AP)
04/08/16 CFG Atalanta Renate 3:0

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of LAZIO:  2 wins, 1 draw

13/08/16 CFG M’gladbach Lazio 0:0
31/07/16 CFG Brighton Lazio 0:1
23/07/16 CFG Lazio Spal 6:5 (AP)




Luigi Ferraris Stadium
Referee: ORSATO
Fourth Official: LO CICERO

Cagliari ready to battle in the big league after being promoted from Serie B.   Genoa with new coach Ivan Jurić.

There are 34 precedents between Genoa vs Cagliari. 17 games in Genoa with stats showing Genoa with 7 wins, 7 draws, and Cagliari with 3 wins.

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of GENOA:  3 wins

12/08/16 CI Genoa Lecce 3:2 R3
06/08/16 CFG Bastia Genoa 1:2
03/08/16 CFG Genoa Alessandria 4:1

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of CAGLIARI: 1 win, 1 draw, 1 los

15/08/16 CI Cagliari Spal 5:1 R3
10/08/16 CFG Cagliari Hamburg 1:1
07/08/16 CFG Las Palmas Cagliari 1:0


Here is the probable formation for Genoa (3-4-3): Lamanna; Izzo, Gentiletti, Burdisso: Renzetti; Laxalt, Veloso, Rincon, Lazovic; Pandev, Pavoletti, Ocampos.

Here is the probable formation for  Cagliari (3-5-2): Storari; Ceppitelli, Salamon, Bruno Alves; Isla, Padoin, Di Gennaro, Ionita, Murru; Sau, Borriello.
Unavailable: Farias, Joao Pedro, Dessena, Melchiorri



Carlo Castellani Stadium
Referee: MARIANI
Assistants: VUOTO – DI IORIO
Fourth Official: DOBOSZ

It’s an emotional match for the ex Empoli coach Marco Giampaolo returning to face his ex team.  Giampaolo is coaching Sampdoria.  Empoli coach Martusciello will make his debut in Serie A.  Last season Martusciello was the vice-coach while Marco Giampaolo was Empoli’s coach.

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of EMPOLI:  2 wins, 1 lost

13/08/16 CI Empoli Vicenza 2:0 R3
06/08/16 CFG Empoli Nantes 0:1
31/07/16 CFG Lucchese Empoli 1:4

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of SAMPDORIA:  1 win, 2 lost

14/08/16 CI Sampdoria Bassano 3:0 R3
10/08/16 CFG Barcelona Sampdoria 3:2
06/08/16 CFG Malaga Sampdoria 4:2 (AP)


Disciplinary Situation BEFORE the game.  1 suspended player for SAMPDORIA: Skriniar (1)

Here is the probable formation for Empoli (4-3-1-2): Pelagotti; Laurini, Cosic, Costa, Pasqual; Tello, Maiello, Croce; Saponara; Maccarone, Pucciarelli.

Unavailable: Barba, Krunic, Mchedlidze

Here is the probable formation for  Sampdoria (4-3-1-2): Viviano; Pavlovic, Silvestre, Regini, Sala; Barreto, Cigarini, Ivan; Alvarez; Muriel, Quagliarella.




Marc’Antonio Bentegodi Stadium
Referee: IRRATI
Fourth Official: GAVA


It’s a new era for Inter having new coach Frank De Boer replacing former coach Roberto Mancini.  Inter looking to rebuild the team to be among the top 3 positions.   Chievo will look to start the season by winning this home game defeating Inter, one of the favorites to win the Scudetto.

There are 28 precedents between Chievo Verona vs Inter.  Stats showing Chievo Verona with 4 wins, 7 draws, and Inter with 17 wins.

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of  CHIEVO VERONA:  2 wins, 1 lost

13/08/16 CI Chievo Entella 3:0 R3
06/08/16 CFG Hoffenheim Chievo 2:0
04/08/16 CFG Chievo Parma Calcio 2:0

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of  INTER:  1 win, 2 lost

13/08/16 ICC Inter Celtic 2:0 1
05/08/16 CFG Tottenham Inter 6:1
30/07/16 ICC Inter B. Munich 1:4 1


Disciplinary Situation BEFORE the game.  1 suspended player for INTER: Murillo

Here is the probable formation for Chievo Verona (4-3-1-2): Sorrentino; Cacciatore, Gamberini, Cesar, Gobbi; Castro, Radovanovic, Hetemaj; Birsa; Inglese, Meggiorini.

Unavailable: Floro Flores

Here is the probable formation for  Inter (4-3-3): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Miranda, Ranocchia, Nagatomo; Medel, Banega, Kondogbia; Candreva, Icardi, Perisic.

Unavailable: Ansaldi


Renato Dall’Ara Stadium
Assistants: DE PINTO – LIBERTI
Fourth Official: DI VUOLO

It’s a dream come true for Crotone making their debut in Serie A after being promoted for the first time in their history from Serie B last season.

There are no precedents in Serie A between Bologna vs Crotone.  The 7 precedents are in Serie B with stats showing Bologna with 3 wins, 1 draw, and Crotone with 3 wins.  The 4 games in Serie B played at the Dall’Ara Stadium showing Bologna with 2 wins, Crotone with 1 win and 7 goals each.

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of  BOLOGNA:  1 win, 2 lost

12/08/16 CI Bologna Trapani 2:0 R3
04/08/16 CFG Schalke 04 Bologna 2:1
02/08/16 CFG Cologne Bologna 1:0

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of  CROTONE:  1 win, 2 lost

14/08/16 CI Verona Crotone 2:1 R3
06/08/16 CFG Crotone At. Madrid 0:2
20/05/16 SB Crotone Entella 1:0 42


Here is the probable formation for Bologna (4-3-3): Mirante; Krafth, Gastaldello, Maietta, Masina; Nagy, Crisetig, Taider; Rizzo, Destro, Mounier.

Unavailable:  Floccari, Donsah.

Here is the probable formation for  Crotone (3-4-3): Cordaz; Ceccherini, Claiton, Ferrari; Sampirisi, Capezzi, Rohden, Martella; Tonev, Simy, Palladino.



Renzo Barbera Stadium
Fourth Official: GIALLATINI

There are  4 precedents in Serie A between Palermo vs Sassuolo.  Stats showing Palermo with 1 win, 2 draws, and Sassuolo with 1 win.  Palermo scoring 4 goals and Sassuolo also scoring 4 goals.

Here are the last 3 games of PALERMO:   1 win, 2 draws

12/08/16 CI Palermo Bari 1908 1:0 (OT) R3
06/08/16 CFG Palermo Ol. Marseille 1:1
27/07/16 CFG Palermo Al Wehda 1:1

Here are the last 3 games of SASSUOLO:  2 wins, 1 draw

18/08/16 UELQ Sassuolo цз 3:0 QR4
04/08/16 UELQ Sassuolo Luzern 3:0 QR3
28/07/16 UELQ Luzern Sassuolo 1:1 QR3