Se­rie A to trial video re­plays

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Ref­er­ees chief Mar­cello Nic­chi has con­firmed that Se­rie A will be­gin tri­alling video re­plays in Tori­noFiorentina and Mi­lan-Sas­suolo this week­end.

Video As­sis­tant Ref­er­ees (VAR) were used in a match sit­u­a­tion for the first time ever dur­ing Italy’s 31 de­feat to France at the start of Septem­ber, and Nic­chi re­vealed the tech­nol­ogy was ready to be ex­per­i­mented in cal­cio through­out the sea­son.

“VAR will be­gin this Sun­day in Torino-Fiorentina and Mi­lan-Sas­suolo, but it’s only a trial,” the AIA Pres­i­dent told Ra­dio Crc.

“Ev­ery Sun­day, we will use it in two-to-three games in ro­ta­tion. All the ref­er­ees will ro­tate and then the same ref­eree will ref­eree and an­other will look at the mon­i­tor, but every­thing will be off­line.”

Udi­nese - Lazio

Udi­nese have rather gone off the boil in re­cent weeks, but hope to get back on track against in­jury-hit Lazio.

Si­mone In­za­ghi’s men come into this game with six points from the last three games. A change in for­ma­tion to three at the back and two easy home fix­tures brought about this run of form. Last time out they brushed aside Em­poli 2-0, whereas Udi­nese suf­fered a 1-0 de­feat away to Sas­suolo. Udi­nese are cur­rently strug­gling in 14th po­si­tion with just seven points.

This fix­ture in the last 10 sea­sons has been bal­anced with both teams win­ning three games each and scor­ing 15 goals apiece.

Udi­nese Coach Giuseppe Ia­chini has a ter­ri­ble record against Lazio, win­ning once and los­ing six from a to­tal of seven at­tempts.

Both teams need a win, as Lazio are try­ing to build mo­men­tum for a Europa League spot and Udi­nese want to stay away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Lu­cas Biglia, Fed­erico Marchetti, Du­san Basta and Bas­tos are in­jured for Lazio.

Udi­nese will miss the ser­vices of Em­manuel Badu, Samir, Emil Hall­freds­son, Sil­van Wid­mer and Marco Da­vide Faraoni.

Lazio have a leaky de­fence away from home, there­fore ex­pect both teams to score. Udi­nese gen­er­ally have a poor record against the Aquile, beat­ing them just once in the last seven com­pet­i­tive meet­ings, home and away, along with five de­feats.

Pescara - Chievo

Pescara have now drawn two con­sec­u­tive games against nine men and host a Chievo side ea­ger to get back on track.

The Delfini have been in­volved in some con­tro­ver­sial matches this sea­son. Last week Genoa had both Ede­nil­son and Go­ran Pan­dev sent off and were de­nied a clear penalty and red card for Francesco Zam­pano han­dling on the line. Pescara equalised late in the match against the nine men through Rey Manaj and should now be look­ing to bank on that bit of for­tune and kick start a good run.

Zam­pano will sit out a twom­atch ban af­ter be­ing sus­pended through ret­ro­spec­tive video ev­i­dence, while Nor­bert Gy­omber, An­drea Coda, Si­mone Pepe and Jean-Christophe Ba­he­beck are all cur­rently in­jured. Zam­pano is set to ap­peal the de­ci­sion on Friday, stat­ing that it was an in­vol­un­tary move­ment as the ball bounced off his leg and onto his hand.

Chievo should be look­ing to pick them­selves up af­ter los­ing 2-0 at Napoli in a match where goal­keeper Ste­fano Sor­rentino was their best player. Ar­gen­tinian mid­fielder Mar­i­ano Izco made his come­back as a late sub­sti­tute af­ter be­ing out of the game for 13 months with a cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury. Chievo are not great trav­ellers and have only won four times away from home since the turn of the year. Sur­pris­ingly for be­ing Se­rie A’s old­est squad, Chievo have no in­juries or sus­pen­sions to con­tend with and have a full squad to pick from.

Ex­pect to see Pescara’s youth­ful team take the game to Chievo’s more ex­pe­ri­enced out­fit. Host full­backs Cris­tiano Bi­raghi and Alessan­dro Crescenzi should look to push for­ward and pro­vide an out­let for classy passers like Bryan Cris­tante and Va­le­rio Verre to find, while Gian­luca Caprari could be the one that pulls the strings around the box.

Chievo should rely on keep­ing tight and com­pact at the back, at­tack­ing on the break through Val­ter Birsa and An­to­nio Floro Flores. Chievo’s game-plan has been tried and tested for years, just like a cat play­ing with a mouse, they pounce when you least ex­pect it. Pescara’s pos­ses­sion-based style can be some­what hit and miss, as so much de­pends on whether or not Ah­mad Be­nali or Caprari can cre­ate any clear-cut chances.

This is only the third game in Se­rie A be­tween the sides and Chievo have won both pre­vi­ous meet­ings 2-0 with all of four goals com­ing af­ter the 75th minute mark.

Em­poli - Ju­ven­tus

Af­ter an im­pres­sive mid­week Cham­pi­ons League vic­tory in Croa­tia, Ju­ven­tus look to keep the good times rolling do­mes­ti­cally in Em­poli.

It’s been a rough start to the sea­son for Gio­vanni Mar­tu­sciello’s men, hav­ing earned just four points from their open­ing six matches. Un­ques­tion­ably, the big­gest is­sue for Em­poli has been their strug­gles in front of goal. The only game the Az­zurri scored in was the vic­tory they earned against Cro­tone.

They couldn’t have asked for a worse match on the week­end to solve the is­sue though, as they take on a Ju­ven­tus side with the stingi­est de­fence in the league.

No team has con­ceded less than Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri’s men, with Gian­luigi Buf­fon only hav­ing to pick the ball out of his net four times so far. They haven’t al­lowed a goal in any com­pe­ti­tion since their loss to In­ter in the Derby d’Italia, go­ing 282 con­sec­u­tive min­utes with­out con­ced­ing.

With 12 goals scored in Se­rie A al­ready, Al­le­gri has his team fir­ing on all cylin­ders of­fen­sively as well. Only Roma and Napoli have been more pro­lific, but ex­pect the Bian­coneri at­tack to con­tinue to im­prove as Gon­zalo Higuain, Mi­ralem Pjanic and Marko Pjaca, adapt to life with their new club.

The match-up against Ju­ven­tus doesn’t bode well for Em­poli’s chances of break­ing out of their slump, but games are played on the field and the Old Lady hasn’t ex­actly been in­vin­ci­ble.

To­mor­row Em­poli-Ju­ven­tus ..................................... Ata­lanta-Napoli ...................................... Bologna-Genoa ....................................... Cagliari-Cro­tone ..................................... Sam­p­do­ria-Palermo ................................ AC Mi­lan-Sas­suolo .................................. Torino-Fiorentina .................................... Roma-In­ter Mi­lan ...................................

Se­rie B

Yes­ter­day Bres­cia-Bari ....................................... 1-1 To­day Avel­lino-Pro Ver­celli ............................... Ben­evento-No­vara .................................. Frosi­none-Peru­gia .................................. SPAL-Saler­ni­tana ..................................... Ter­nana-Hel­lasVerona ............................ Tra­pani-Cit­tadella ................................... V. En­tella-Vi­cenza ................................... To­mor­row Ce­sena-Latina ......................................... As­coli-Spezia ...........................................

Lega Pro A

To­mor­row Alessandria-Cre­monese .......................... Arezzo-Pro Piacenza ............................... Giana Er­minio-Livorno ............................ Piacenza-Ol­bia ........................................ Siena-Pis­toiese ....................................... Car­rarese-Tut­tocuoio .............................. Como-Rac­ing Roma ................................ Lupa Roma-Viterbese ............................. Pon­tendera-Luc­ch­ese ............................. Re­nate-Prato ..........................................

Lega Pro B

To­day Lumez­zane-Reg­giana .............................. Sam­benedettese-Parma ......................... Sudtirol-Ter­amo ...................................... Mo­dena-Bas­sano V ................................. Fano-Mac­er­atese .................................... Padova-Man­tova .................................... Santar­can­gelo-An­cona ............................ Fer­alpiSalo-Forli ...................................... Por­de­none-Venezia ................................ Mon­day Al­bi­noL­effe-Gub­bio ................................

Lega Pro C

To­mor­row Akra­gas-Catan­zaro .................................. Mat­era-Fog­gia ........................................ Melfi-Siracusa ......................................... Messina-Pa­ganese .................................. Mo­nop­oli-Fondi ...................................... Caser­tana-F. An­dria ................................ Cosenza-V. Fran­cav­illa ............................ Juve Stabia-Vi­bonese .............................. Lecce-Reg­gina ......................................... Taranto-Cata­nia ......................................

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