After Gameweek 9, the top of the Serie A table is split into two groups of teams. Roma and Juventus are dominating the championship, having both achievee 22 points thus far, scoring and conceding the same amount of goals (16 and 4). Behind them, there are seven clubs within one point, batting it out for the third place.
As it usually happens in the last few rounds, gameweek 1o will be divided into three days, from Saturday evening to Monday night. Saturday, anyway, looks the more interesting one, with four big teams on the pitch.
The first game of the day, Saturday at 10am ET, is the one that everyone is looking forward to seeing. Napoli v. Roma at Stadio San Paolo is more than a football game.
During the last Coppa Italia final between Napoli and Fiorentina, played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Ciro Esposito, one of Napoli’s supporters, was shot to death by a Roma fan during a brawl outside the stadium.
Esposito died after more than one month of agony and since that day this match causes lots of concerns for public security. Roma supporters will be banned from the stadium, hoping that it will be enough to avoid security worries.
The showdown between Azzuri and Giallorossi is the most interesting clash under the technical point of view. Roma reached Juventus at the top of the table earlier this week, while the mistake of Gonzalo Higuain from the penalty spot against Atalanta meant that Napoli drew and prevented Benitez’s side from reaching third place.
On Saturday afternoon, Juventus will play against Empoli, in their second straight away match.
In the last three clashes far from Juventus Stadium, Bianconeri have accumulated just one point.
Despite Massimiliano Allegri’s self-confidence during the pre-match press conference, it seems that the team is struggling more than last year to create goalscoring chances.
Against Genoa, Bianconeri had just three opportunities to score, including the save by Mattia Perin on Alvaro Morata.
On Saturday night, Internazionale will be battling it out against Parma, the bottom of the table club. The rapport between Internazionale supporters and manager Walter Mazzarri is still pretty low, despite the last two wins in a row.
The team has been booed also during the last match against Sampdoria, which they won 1-0 thanks to a last minute penalty scored by Mauro Icardi.
On the other hand, president Tommaso Ghirardi will be obliged to make some decisions over Roberto Donadoni’s future if his team won’t reach a positive result against Internazionale. The team is unexpectedly bottom of the table and Parma’s legend Hernan Crespo looks the favorite to replace Donadoni if things go wrong against Nerazzurri.
On Sunday, Sampdoria v. Fiorentina is a clash between two teams fighting for a Champions League spot, while AC Milan will have to keep their six matches unbeaten run at the San Siro against Palermo.
Serie A is a championship that doesn’t reach the quality standards of La Liga, Barclay’s Premier League and Bundesliga, but the gap between the clubs is closer in Serie A than the rest of European leagues.
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