Casa Calcio: Serie A matchweek 16 preview

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All 12 Serie A sides are in action this weekend. With only two months left in the season, there’s a lot on the line throughout the entire league table.

AS Roma vs Inter Milan – Saturday 11:30am

Inter have never defeated Roma, although they have only met twice before. When they met earlier this season in Milan, the sides played out a 1-1 draw. Annamaria Serturini had put Roma ahead in the first half, before Gloria Marinelli equalized after the break.

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Both sides will certainly come into this one high on confidence. Last week’s win over Juventus in the Coppa Italia may only have been the first leg, but Roma are the only Italian side to beat the league leaders in almost two years. Inter meanwhile came out on top in the Milan derby for their first ever win over their city rivals.

Roma captain Elisa Bartoli missed out on that win, after suffering a knee injury in the last league outing at Verona. Hellas came out on top 1-0 that day, which put an end to Roma’s run of four consecutive wins. That run saw them move up into fourth place. Inter’s last league game ended in a scoreless draw with Napoli.

Along with the doubts around the availability of Bartoli, Roma also have another injury worry in Andressa Alves. The Brazilian went off injured in last week’s win over Juventus.

Fiorentina vs Juventus – Saturday 1:30pm

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Fiorentina will see this game as a way of salvaging something from this season. With only a fourth place finish left to play for, a win over rivals Juventus would be a massive boost.

The rivals have met each other on ten previous occasions, but strangely this is only the third time Fiorentina will have home advantage. Back in April 2018 was when the Viola had their only home win against Juve, and that came thanks to a last minute own goal by Cecilia Salvai.

The sides have already met twice this season. In October, Fiorentina returned back to Florence having taken a 4-0 beating in Turin. On that day, the Viola had the worst possible start, going a goal down after four minutes was bad enough, but they then lost Louise Quinn less than ten minutes later. The Irish defender was harshly sent off for a challenge on Barbara Bonansea on the edge of the box.

While Juventus are on maximum points in the league, they do come into this game off the back of a rare defeat. That loss at Roma in the Coppa Italia was made even worse by the injuries to both Bonansea and Cristiana Girelli.

Girelli has recovered enough to be included in the squad, as has Sara Gama, however Bonansea will not be available.

Fiorentina can finally count on Martina Piemonte and Stephanie Breitner again, giving manager Antonio Cincotta some more options.

Watch the match live on the official Fiorentina website.

Napoli vs Florentia San Gimignano – Saturday 1:30pm

Two sides with very contrasting seasons so far. While Napoli are still in the relegation zone and in desperate need of points, Florentia are in fifth place and challenging for a top four finish.

When the sides met in Tuscany earlier this season, there was only a late Sofia Cantore penalty for the home side to separate the teams. That was the first time these sides had met, so this is a new experience for Florentia heading to Naples.

Last time out, both sides were involved in scoreless draws. Napoli took a point from their trip to Inter, meanwhile Florentia drew with San Marino, Napoli’s main rival for the drop. Napoli welcomed Eva Popadinova back to the side that day after a recent injury, and if Napoli are to get a winner here, the Bulgarian striker is one of the players they will be looking to.

Florentia are still struggling for goals, with an average of just one goal per game. Cantore has scored five of their 15 so far.

Napoli manager Alessandro Pistolesi will have Eleonora Goldoni available again after her recent absence through injury. Stefano Carobbi, Florentia’s boss, will be without Bianca Badin who went off injured in their derby win over Fiorentina.

AC Milan vs Empoli – Sunday 11:30am

Milan come into this off the back of two defeats. The loss to Juventus left them six points behind the leaders, and last weekend they lost the Milan derby game in the Coppa Italia clash. Empoli’s last game resulted in a 3-1 home win over bottom of the table Bari.

Milan did bounce back from their last defeat to Juventus in October, with a 3-0 win at Empoli. When the sides met in Milan last season however, it was the Tuscan side who came away with all three points. Cecilia Prugna and Lucia Di Guglielmo with the Empoli goals that day.

Empoli are Serie A’s third highest scorers this season, and have quite a few players capable of finding the net. Elisa Polli is their top scorer with seven goals, but they also have Norma Cinotti, Prugna and Benedetta Glionna all on five goals.

Milan’s main goal scoring threat comes from Valentina Giacinti and Natasha Dowie, with the pair scoring 22 goals between them.

You can watch Milan’s games on the Milan app and also on their Dailymotion channel.

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Pink Bari vs Hellas Verona – Sunday 11:30am

Bari are running out of games as they struggle to climb off the bottom of the table. When the sides met in Verona back in October, the only goal of the game came from the penalty spot. Asia Bragonzi gave Hellas the win that day, and the on loan from Juventus player has scored six of their nine goals in Serie A this season. Five of those goals have come from penalties.

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Emelie Helmvall has scored half of Bari’s eight goals to date. Helmvall has played every minute of Bari’s Serie A season so far. The home side will have Chelsea Weston available again after her three match suspension.

The sides played out two draws in their meetings last season and only one point separated them in the table when the season came to a premature end. This season however, the gap is ten points and Verona will look to build on their most recent game when they defeated an in form Roma side.

San Marino vs Sassuolo – Sunday 1:30pm

While Sassuolo are flying high in third place, San Marino are third from bottom, and still not out of relegation danger. When the sides last met, Sassuolo took all three points with a 1-0 win. Valeria Pirone scored the winning penalty that day, and has eight goals to her name in Serie A this season.

Kamila Dubcová has also scored eight, and manager Gianpietro Piovani will be hoping to be able to call on the Czech player’s services this weekend. Haley Bugeja meanwhile is still unavailable through injury for the away side. San Marino have defender Melissa Nozzi available again.

Last time out, Sassuolo recorded a 1-0 win at home to Fiorentina while San Marino earned a point after a scoreless draw at Florentia. That was their first point since the Christmas break and, with Napoli just four points behind, they will be keen to get some more on the board.

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