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Serie A – What a weekend, 8-1 in our predictions – WRAP

Serie A – What a weekend, 8-1 in our predictions – WRAP

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored 3 goals for Napoli. PHOTO by Perry McIntyre / ISIPhotos.com

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored 3 goals for Napoli. PHOTO by Perry McIntyre / ISIPhotos.com

By Chris E. Borowski

What a weekend in Serie A, 8 from 9 matches we predicted correctly.  Udinese road win with Juventus was the only “little upset” and wrong pick we made for last weekend Serie A action.  Welcome all of you back on Friday for our next weekend Serie A Preview, Picks and Predictions.

It has been another entertaining weekend in Serie A with a five-goal show at San Siro which saw Inter Milan’s amazing rimonta after they were down 0-2 at the half time against Palermo. AC Milan who lead the table have won at Catania and preserved their lead over the rest of the Serie A. Another excellent performance from Edinson Cavani who scored three out of four goals helping Napoli drowns Sampdoria 4-0.

Palermo was already leading at San Siro 2-0 after Fabrizio Miccoli and Antonio Nocerino put the ball into the net. It might have been well over after only 45 minutes but Javier Pastore failed to score from the penalty kick and saw his rebound-header denied by Julio Cesar. The Brazilian goalkeeper was named of the two heroes in Inter’s squad. After a chance that has not been taken the second half saw the home team totally changed by Leonardo whose changes appeared to be a key factor in winning the match. As noticed by Gazzetta dello Sport, Delio Rossi did not respond to those manoeuvres and a missed penalty turned out to be a boost for the Nerazzurri who scored three times within less than 20 minutes.

After the Inter’s comeback from 0-2 to 3-2, the Nerazzurri new striker Giampaolo Pazzini is having his moment. He signed for the Milan-based team just a few days ago and on Sunday made his debut coming on from the bench in the second half. This move proved to be crucial as 19 minutes were enough for him to score twice and produce a penalty which was later converted to a winning goal by Samuel Eto’o. No doubt the former Sampdoria player was named the man of the match and got a post-match note as high as “9” in 10-degree scale.

“It was a day that I could not have imagined even in my best dreams,” reported his words La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I have seen a vivid team who wanted to turn things around because it has faith and so do I. I am impressed by this squad’s mentality which made my desire to help it even bigger,” stated Pazzini.

The last time when Inter managed to win a match being down two goals at San Siro was in 2005 against Sampdoria. At that time Nerazzurri managed to bring joy to their fans at the very end with Obafemi Martins (43’), Christian Vieri (46’) and Alvaro Recoba (47’) making it 3-2.

This may result in boosting the Leonardo’s players morale as now they are nine points behind AC Milan and still have one more match to play.

The former Palermo striker Edinson Cavani is starting to glow more and more with every match played. This time the Uruguayan international scored three times within 40 minutes and gave his team another victory. “The new king of Napoli makes another three goals and already has 17,” wrote Gazzetta on Monday. It is not the first time the Italian media are associating Cavani with the likes of such Napoli heroes as Diego Maradona and Careca. The players himself declares that his transfer to Naples was “God’s will” and since he is a very religious man, he did nothing else but followed these words. One may argue about that looking at his statistics and phenomenal disposal which allowed Walter Mazzarri’s team to qualify for the Europa League round of 32 thanks to a late goal scored against Steaua Bucharest. What more, it has been studied that 16 of the total 17 Cavani’s goals have been scored out of the area!

The Partenopei are still four points behind Rossoneri who will face Lazio on Tuesady. The next day Napoli will travel to Verona to meet with Chievo at the Bentegodi which has lately become a real fortress and a tough-to-conquer stadium (Inter lost there 1:2, Roma were winning 2-0 just to draw 2-2 and be lucky to not eventually lose).

In this round’s posticipo Juventus went through another déjà vu and lost to Udinese 1-2. “We need a striker,” said Juve coach Luigi Delneri after the match. “It is obvious that this is a tough moment, we need to get through it and rest united,” told Gianluigi Buffon to Sky Sports. The tight squad seems to be the main problem for Bianconeri, apart from the fact that they have very experienced players in their offensive departs who have not been performing well during the last weeks. What more, just before the referee’s whistle the Juve fans chanted: “Amauri, go away!”. His days in Turin seem to be already counted with Parma and Palermo being interested – the only obstacle may be the Brazilian’s pay which is way above the money these two clubs can afford to pay a single player.

Meanwhile, the morale are still low at Fiorentina as well with their coach Sinisa Mihajlovic facing a potential dismissal. Viola will face 12th Genoa this Wednesday and if they lose, the Serbian will surely lose his job.

Results of the 22nd round of Serie A:

Lazio – Fiorentina 2-0

Goals: Libor Kozak (69’-pen., 73’)

Our prediction: 1X (2:0)

Catania – AC Milan 0-2

Goals: Robinho (58’), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (85’)

Our prediction: 2 (1:3)

Brescia – Chievo 0-3

Goals: Sergio Pellissier (45’, 90’), Davide Mandelli (47’) 

Our prediction: 2 (0:1)

Napoli – Sampdoria 4-0

Goals: Edinson Cavani (17’, 45’-pen., 57’), Marek Hamsik (48’)

Our prediction: 1 (2:0)

Lecce – Cesena 1-1

Goals: Daniele Corvia for Lecce (11’), Erjon Bogdani for Cesena (90’)

 Our prediction: 1x (2:1)

Inter Milan – Palermo 3-2

Goals: Giampaolo Pazzini (57’, 73’) and Samuel Eto’o for Inter (76’-pen.), Fabrizio Miccoli (5’) and Antonio Nocerino (36’) for Palermo

 Our prediction: 1 (2:0)

Genoa – Parma 3-1

Goals: Rodrigo Palacio (16’-pen.), Gabriel Paletta (43’-o.g.) and Kakhaber Kaladze (45’) for Genoa, Hernan Crespo (33’) for Parma

 Our prediction: 1x (2:1)

Cagliari – Bari 2-1

Goals: Alessandro Matri (8’, 12’) for Cagliari, Stefano Okaka (14’) for Bari

 Our prediction: 1x (2:1)

Juventus – Udinese 1-2

Goals: Claudio Marchisio for Juventus (60’), Cristian Zapata (67’) and Alexis Sanchez for Udinese (85’)

Our prediction: X (1:1)

Chris E. Borowski (@brwski)

Our Serie A picks this year 8-1 = 88.88%

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