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AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring against Genoa during their Serie A soccer match at San Siro stadium in Milan September 25, 2010.  REUTERS/Imagesport              ( ITALY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

My favorite derby is coming up this weekend, Il Derby Della Madonnina between Inter Milan and AC Milan looks to be very exciting, with a depleted Inter side facing the league-leaders AC Milan. But this isn’t the only, “big match” taking place this weekend, we’ve also got an extremely interesting game between Juventus and Roma on Saturday, along with 2nd placed Lazio facing 3rd placed Napoli.

But let’s focus on the Milan derby first, two sides with their roles seemingly reversed; last season Inter was winning plenty of games in the Serie A, while AC Milan was suffering. But this season we see the rossoneri going into the game with five wins in their last six games, while Inter Milan has only won two games in their last seven. This is an extremely crucial game for both sides, with Inter having the chance to draw level on points with AC Milan if they win, or with AC Milan possibly getting a six point lead if they defeat the current champions.

Regarding how the squads are looking with injuries, it seems like Benitez will have Julio Cesar, Stankovic, Sneijder, and Milito available for the derby, with Cambiasso still unsure whether he can manage an early return to fitness. AC Milan on the other hand have just been dealt a big injury blow, and that’s the loss of their veteran forward, Filippo Inzaghi. Inzaghi tore a cruciate knee ligament, and will be out for about six months. But there’s more bad news, AC Milan will also have to do without Alexandre Pato who suffered a thigh problem, and will be unable to play.

So how will this key derby go? My prediction is a narrow and tight 2-1 win for Inter Milan, with Diego Milito scoring both goals. I think that the Argentine has found his scoring boots in the midweek against Lecce, and Benitez will be able to motivate his team for this important game. Regarding AC Milan, I think that Ibrahimovic will go for individual glory against his old team, maybe even score a goal, but not win the game. But what are your predictions? Make sure to share them below by commenting!

Juventus and Roma will also be battling it out over the weekend, and this seems like one of the most open matches of the season. I can see this going either way, even though Juventus is at home, but if there’s one thing I’m fairly certain of, it’s that the match will be exciting. While I think that Roma are a better side then Juventus, we saw what Delneri’s side did to AC Milan a couple of weeks ago.

My prediction for this match is an exciting 3-1 win for Juventus. Delneri always sets his sides up very well, and he’ll surely notice any possible tactical faults that Roma has to take advantage of. The two sides are just a point away from each other in the table right now (Juventus 5th and Roma 6th), so this match can really propel a side to challenge for the title. What are your thoughts on how this match will go? Be sure to comment your predictions below!

Former table leaders Lazio are taking on Napoli this weekend in Sunday’s early kickoff. Yet another very tight match, with Lazio in 2nd place, and Napoli just a point behind in 3rd place. But Lazio have lost their last two games, while Napoli have won their last three. Lazio do have the advantage of playing at home, but I still think that they’ll suffer with Napoli’s formidable forwards Lavezzi, and Cavani who combined have scored 12 goals so far this season.

My prediction for this match, a 2-0 win for Napoli. It’s a little bit of a shock result I guess, but I think that Napoli can pull it off. Make sure that you share your thoughts on how this match will finish below! And if you want to talk about any other matches being played this weekend, make sure to comment!

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  1. david

    November 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Juventus must up their game otherwise it’s a season of defeat!!

  2. christian ceccarelli

    November 13, 2010 at 5:10 am

    You gotta love the Serie A! Always has been an exciting and unpredictable league, for the most part, and very tight! . . . But even more so now!
    All the top 6 teams are unpredictable! running hot or cold one week to the next! . . . no doubt though they all deserve to be where they are!

    As a Lazio fan I’d love to see them run away with it, but in truth this constant reshuffling at the top is the way a great football leaue should be!
    I hope it stays like this right to the end . . . . !!!

  3. Vious

    November 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    It is pure comedy watching this Inter team go downhill with Rafa

    Much like Liverpool with Rafa, Inter looks unorganized and disinterested at almost all times

  4. Niccolo Conte

    November 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I know that my prediction of a 3-1 win for Juventus seems unlikely, but I really think that it can happen. I know that they played very badly against Brescia, but as Ben pointed out, Krasic is returning. And if you look at Roma’s defence, I don’t think that they have the ability to cope with Milos Krasic’s speed.

    And I think I might agree with you David when you say that Milan can’t defend, and Inter can’t score goals. This derby could just end up a stalemate, 0-0 result.

    Thanks for the comments!

  5. Ben

    November 12, 2010 at 9:02 am

    If Juve wants to have a chance to win, they cannot play like they did at Brescia. The defense was sloppy, Motta and Grosso were falling asleep and allowing scoring chances that never should’ve materialized. The midfield was awful, passing was terrible, and it was a brutal game to watch. Krasic I believe is available for the match against Roma with his 2 match ban for diving expiring after Brescia so he will be a welcome addition to the lineup. Sissoko was miserable on Wednesday, I hope to see Felipe Melo on Saturday. I don’t expect Juve to play that badly again though. Aquilani looked good, Iaquinta has played well this season, and with Krasic back I think Juve will win against Roma but I doubt they’ll score 3 goals.

  6. David H

    November 12, 2010 at 1:06 am

    3-1 Juventus? Put down the crack pipe, friend. That stuff rots your brain. Juve run hot & cold, while Roma is starting to fire on all cylinders. Juve will have a chance if DelPo starts, but Del Neri will do everything to avoid that. With Vuc & Menez in form it’s going to be Roma taking home all 3 points.

    Too bad Pippo is out. That could finally spell the end of his career. I love that guy, not least because so many hate him.

    Lazio have started their nosedive toward the bottom half of the table. Reja will eventually right the ship, but they’re a long way off top 5 material. They just had a few players in top form together, coincidentally. Now they’re cooling off Lazio will struggle to score goals.

    I’ll hope for a draw in the Milan derby. Inter can’t score, while Milan can’t defend, nor find any consistency up front.

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