Sunday, December 23, 2007

SERIE A .................


Visitors are draw specialists in Serie A and have finished level in 10 from 16 this season, including 5 of their last 6, losing only to Inter. However, there is always an "however", they have had two very tough games with Roma in the last 7 days and they are without two key defenders in Gianluca Comotto and Salvatore Lanna, who are both suspended. Napoli are strong at home and have a fully fit squad to choose from. It is very hard to see an away win and although it may take a little time, I expect the hosts to eventually come out ahead.

5 points Napoli -1/4 ball 1.82 asian line.


Teams face "must win" games through the season and whilst I am loathe to say it too often at this, still early, stage of the season, it is hard to see where Reggina go from here, unless they collect maximum points, so, a "must, must win" game.

They sit 4 points from safety, but do have a game in hand, it is goals that have been a problem and their total of nine all season, is simply not good enough. There has been signs of a little life in the last two home starts with clean sheets and four points from the visits of Genoa (2-0) and Fiorentina (0-0). Forget the 4-1 home loss, in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday to Inter, as discussed then, that game was little more than a training session for Reggina, all their focus and energy was and is directed at today.

Catania played a day later and earned a victory at Milan, their two goalscorer's Spinesi and Mascara are both out suspended today, which is a major loss. They have had a day's less rest and even if they stayed on the mainland, I am not sure about that, a great deal more travelling. Their week was also centred around the cup tie, as opposed to today, with the focus not shifting until Friday.

I have to give my vote to the home side today.

6 points Reggina -1/4 ball 1.99 asian line.

Good Luck.

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