Torino put an end to Roma’s perfect record in round 11, but the Giallarossi are still unbeaten and top of the Serie A standings. The Granata were the first team to avoid defeat against the capital club this season, securing a 1-1 draw after an inspired showing from Alessio Cerci; a boyhood Roma supporter. Despite their near-perfect start, Rudi Garcia’s side are just three points ahead of Napoli and Juventus with some tricky fixtures to come over the next few weeks.
The two sides in second and third place – Napoli and Juventus respectively – meet this weekend though, giving Roma a chance to pull away from at least one of their title rivals.
Can the Naples outfit keep the pressure up on Roma? Will Juventus be too strong for Rafa Benitez’s side on their own patch? Or will the league leaders storm clear again with a victory at home to Sassuolo?
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Here’s your rundown of this weeks matches in round 12 of Serie A:
All times Eastern.
Saturday November 9:
Catania vs Udinese, Noon, RAI
Catania are struggling down at the bottom of the Serie A standings. They lost narrowly to Napoli in their last outing and will be hopeful of picking up a result on their own patch against Udinese. Especially when you consider Francesco Guidolin’s side have not been in great form themselves as of late. To secure a win here they must overcome some poor away form, having lost four times in their last five games on the road.
Walter Mazzari has laid some excellent early foundations in his infancy as Inter manager. They sit fourth in the table and have only lost once all season to red-hot Roma. They take on a Livorno side who are in rotten form. The Amaranto have won just once in their last six games and will be tasked with stopping the Nerazzuri’s in form forward Rodrigo Palacio; the Argentinian has seven goals in ten appearances this season.
Sunday November 10:
Genoa vs Hellas Verona, 6:30am, RAI
In the eyes of many, Verona have been the surprise package of this Serie A season. The newly promoted side have excelled under Andrea Mandorlini and will be looking to accumulate as many points as possible in this superb run of form. A win at Genoa will be tough, though.