NEWS
Friday November 24 2017
Ones to watch in Week 14

After a largely successful week for Italian sides in Europe, Serie A returns with a Scudetto race which is in full swing.

Napoli still lead the way, but the Partenopei have Inter, Juventus, Lazio and Roma hot on their heels and no-one can afford to slip up.

Here’s what to look out for in Week 14.

Inter look to go top

The Nerazzurri remain unbeaten so far, and with no European football to contend with Luciano Spalletti’s side should remain well rested throughout the season.

That has Interisti dreaming of a first Scudetto since 2010, taking their cue from Antonio Conte’s Juventus side which came from seventh place to win the title unbeaten in the 2011-12 season.

Saturday night sees the Beneamata travel to Sardinia to take on Cagliari, and they’ll go top of Serie A with a win, at least until Napoli take on Udinese on Sunday.

Inter won this fixture 5-1 last season, but they haven’t kept a clean sheet against the Isolani in the last 10 meetings between these sides.

The Nerazzurri have only won four of those matches, losing 2-1 at home last season.

Could the pressure tell on Spalletti’s men this weekend?

Click here to read our Cagliari-Inter preview

Napoli’s full-back issues

Napoli are sitting pretty at the top of the table, but they face an Udinese side with a new Coach in the shape of Massimo Oddo.

As if the ‘new manager bounce’ wasn’t enough to contend with, the Partenopei are enduring an injury nightmare at full-back.

Faouzi Ghoulam is out with a cruciate ligament injury, and their other left-back, Mario Rui, suffered an ankle injury in training today.

That means Elseid Hysaj is likely to deputise at left-back once again, with Christian Maggio starting on the right.

That could present an issue though, as Maggio is 35 and played 90 minutes against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

The veteran has made eight appearances already this season, the same total he managed across Serie A and the Champions League last term.

Click here to read our Udinese-Napoli preview

Past vs present at San Siro

Sunday afternoon also sees Milan take on Torino, with Rossoneri Coach Vincenzo Montella coming up against his predecessor, Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Both Coaches are under pressure, with just one points separating the two in the table.

The hosts are already 11 points away from Champions League qualification, and fourth-place Roma have a game in hand.

Meanwhile, the Granata have won just one of their last eight games, a poor return for a side aiming for Europa League qualification.

Torino haven’t beaten the Diavolo in Milan since the 1984-85 season, a run of 21 games, and they haven’t beaten the Rossoneri at all since November 2001, when

Cristiano Lucarelli’s goal in a 1-0 win at the Stadio Delle Alpi saw Fatih Terim sacked by Milan.

Click here to read our Milan-Torino preview

Can Juventus bounce back?

Juventus were beaten by Sampdoria last week, a result which saw them fall four points behind Napoli.

The Bianconeri are at the San Paolo in Week 15, so the visit of Crotone is a must-win if that match is to be important in the Scudetto race.

With the match taking place on Sunday night, Juve will already know Napoli and Inter’s results, meaning they could start the match seven points behind, or with the chance to narrow the gap to one.

Crotone have only faced the Old Lady twice in official games, losing both without scoring a goal.

Click here to read our Juventus-Crotone preview

Benevento look for their first point

Benevento have lost all of their 13 Serie A games so far, breaking a record set by Manchester United in 1930-31.

The Stregoni have scored just six goals so far, as well as conceding 31, both of which represent the worst record in the division.

However, Atalanta have won only one of their Serie A games following Europa League matches, and they faced Everton on Thursday night.

Could this be the weekend that Benevento get their first point?

Click here to read our Atalanta-Benevento preview