Saturday, October 18, 2008

Genoa - Sienna match preview

Marco Giampaolo's Bianconeri visit Stadio Luigi Ferraris in a important mid-table match. With the clubs locked only a point a part in the tight Serie A race, hopes of European bids rely on victories such as these. Truthfully both clubs are in suffering from a common issue of mid-table squads, whereby level of play is radically different than at home as opposed to the road. Genoa has won each of its three matches at home, scoring an impressive eight goals in three matches. However on the road their goal scoring prowess has disappeared as they found the net once, losing all three away matches. Sienna's not quite the same "Jekyll and Hyde" level, although they have yet to allow a goal at home as opposed to four on the road.

Sienna is coming off a 1-0 victory over Roma just before the international break and buoyed with confidence on their tactically efficient play. Marco Giampaolo will certainly be aware of Genoa's flowing tactical lines at home and look to cut that off sharply. Their efforts will be greatly assisted as the Rossoblu are without Francesco Modesto, Matteo Paro and Thiago Motta as well as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Marco Rossi to suspension. The continued growth of Serbia international, ex-Crvena Zvezda man, Boško Janković will likely see him penciled into the following starting grid:

Giuseppe Biava, Matteo Ferrari, Domenico Criscito
Giandomenico Mesto, Omar Milanetto, Ivan Jurić, Giuseppe Sculli
Boško Janković, Diego Milito, Raffaele Palladino

Sienna is likely to employ a 4-3-1-2 with Moroccan Houssine Kharja supporting the striking tandem of Mario Frick and predator / striker Massimo Maccarone. Genoa's back-line defense will need to keep a keen eye towards Massimo or he will quickly change Sienna's away-match fortunes. One of the great stories of the early Serie A season is unquestionably Diego Milito, who will look to continue his goal scoring prowess from where he left off at the break.