Lecce test for Torino

A look ahead to this weekend's action in the Coppa Italia.

Last Updated: 17/08/12 at 10:26 Post Comment

Napoli won last season's Coppa Italia.

Napoli won last season's Coppa Italia.

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The third round of the Coppa Italia takes place this weekend and sees the introduction of several Serie A clubs, although some have tricky ties to negotiate if they want to continue in the competition.

The 12 lowest-ranked teams in the top flight have all been thrown into the mix, with Torino against Lecce one of the stand-out ties.

The Puglia club were relegated from Serie A at the end of last season, with Torino going in the opposite direction.

Lecce then suffered further demotion last week to Lega Pro for their involvement in a match-fixing scandal, and Torino striker Ricardo Meggiorini is aware of the threat Saturday's opponents will pose.

"Until three months ago Lecce were a Serie A team, so we have to be very careful because they still have many quality players," he said on torinofc.it.

"They will be motivated for the match and that is understandable.

"For this reason we will address the Lecce tie like it is a league match, aware of all the pitfalls that may lie ahead."

Bologna also face Serie B opposition in Varese, but midfielder Tiberio Guarente feels it is a hurdle they can clear.

"The squad is working really well together and the new signings are fitting in well," he said on bolognafc.it.

"Everything is there and in place for the start of the new season in the Coppa Italia on Saturday."

Fiorentina, who finished a disappointing 13th last term, will meet a Novara side who lost their place in the top flight along with Lecce and Cesena.

Chievo, Catania and Atalanta also face Serie B opponents in Ascoli, Sassuolo and Padova.

Siena take on Vicenza, Cagliari meet Spezia, Palermo host Cremonese and Genoa play Hellas Verona.

Top-flight newcomers Pescara will be hoping to kick-start their season with victory over Carpi while another promoted side, Sampdoria, travel to Juve Stabia.

Cesena take on fellow Serie B club Crotone, while there is another all second-tier match involving Modena and Reggina.

In other fixtures, Livorno meet Perugia and Citadella take on Terana.

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