Serie A Preview: Match Day 6

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AC Milan just can’t stop winning. Another excellent performance in Europe in midweek – a 3-0 victory over Sparta Prague – continues their unbeaten run, with their last defeat registered way back on March 8th. While veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to drive his side forward, the Rossoneri became the first side ever to have three players born after January 1st, 1999 on the scoresheet in a European club competition in Brahim Diaz, Rafael Leao and Diogo Dalot.

Napoli were the only other Serie A team to have won their European match in midweek, with Juventus putting in an abysmal performance in their 2-0 loss to Barcelona. Roma could only manage a 0-0 draw with CSKA Sofia on Thursday evening, but there was some joy for Giallorossi supporters as Chris Smalling made his long-awaited return to the lineup. 

“I’ve been waiting all summer to get back out there,” the former Manchester United man told Sky Italia. “It’s a pleasure to be back with the team, although we are disappointed not to have the full three points.”

Serie A Match of the Round: Napoli vs Sassuolo

Perhaps this doesn’t look like the most glamorous of fixtures on paper, but Napoli-Sassuolo is genuinely a must-see match this weekend versus two of the most entertaining and attack-minded sides in Serie A.

These teams have fired in no less than 30 goals in nine matches played (Napoli having been awarded a token 3-0 defeat for failing to turn up to their clash with Juventus in Week Three) and will undoubtedly go at each other hammer and tongs this weekend.

Best of the Rest

Juventus simply must recover from a midweek round of Champions League to forget versus newly-promoted Spezia this on Sunday. The change in the calibre of opposition should be enough to help Andrea Pirlo return his side to winning ways after a disappointing run of three consecutive draws in the league.

Roma-Fiorentina should also be an entertaining fixture, as both sides have conceded almost as often as they have scored this term and have suffered from some erratic form. Inter will look to move up the table with a fixture versus struggling Parma, while their Milanese rivals face an Udinese side that have taken just three points from their opening five matches this season.

Serie A Player to Watch: Giovanni Simeone – Cagliari – £0.60

After struggling at Fiorentina, Giovanni Simeone has been handed a new lease of life since signing permanently for Cagliari in the summer. The Sardinians have appointed a new boss in Eusebio Di Francesco and the change seems to have suited a player who will always make the headlines thanks, in part, to his famous father Diego. 

The striker has already fired in 1/3 of his tally from last season (12)  with four goals scored in five matches this season.

“Last year I had a great season, I restarted at my best and I take one game at a time,” the 25-year-old told the Cagliari official website earlier this season. “I’m trying to contribute and give my best with the qualities I have. The priority is to grow together with the group. I have a coach who teaches me a lot and makes me work on aspects I need to improve.”


*To read more of Chloe’s work about Serie A, you can subscribe to her newsletter ‘Curva e Calcio’ to keep up to date with all things football in Serie A:  http://curvaecalcio.substack.com/

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Chloe Beresford is a freelance Serie A writer who has been featured in Mundial magazine, Guardian Sport and in addition to Football Index, regularly contributes to The Sportsman, Tifo Football, Football Whispers and more. She supports Fiorentina and can often be found in the Curva Fiesole as well as attending as many other matches on the peninsula as possible.

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