Fast-starting Roma keeping calm

A look ahead to the weekend's action in Italy's Serie A, including table-toppers Roma taking on Bologna.

Last Updated: 26/09/13 at 14:49 Post Comment

Roma looking to keep the ball rolling against Bologna

Roma looking to keep the ball rolling against Bologna

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Last season's disappointing sixth-place Serie A finish is a fast-fading memory for Roma as they go into Sunday's game against Bologna flying solo at the top of the standings.

The Giallorossi, who also lost the Coppa Italia final to city rivals Lazio back in May, have hit back with a vengeance.

Wednesday's 2-0 triumph at Sampdoria allowed Roma to record their best ever Serie A start in the club history.

The result was their fifth straight win and moved Roma two points clear of Napoli and Juventus.

"We have taken 15 points while taking three of our five wins on the road," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said.

"That is something to be happy about. It is good to have won five consecutive games but what really interests me is to enter the history books at the end of the season, not now."

Napoli were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by promoted-side Sassuolo in midweek to see their four-match winning streak come to an end. Sassuolo had previously lost 7-0 to Inter Milan.

The Naples outfit visits Genoa on Saturday.

Juve, meanwhile, go into Sunday's city derby at Torino in a buoyant mood after an own goal from Chievo's Alessandro Bernardini handed the Italian champions a 2-1 midweek victory in Verona.

Inter Milan face Cagliari in Trieste looking to keep up their perfect form on the road.

Lazio are unlikely to underestimate Sassuolo when the two sides meet in Emilia-Romagna this weekend.

Sassuolo earned their first point of the campaign against Napoli following their humiliating defeat to Inter.

AC Milan will again be without striker Mario Balotelli for their home game against Sampdoria on Saturday. The Rossoneri battled back for a 3-3 draw at Bologna in midweek and lie in 12th place, with just five points from five games.

Atalanta look to stop the rot when they host Udinese in Bergamo.

The Bergamaschi head into the encounter on the back of three straight defeats, including Wednesday's 4-3 loss at Parma.

The Gialloblu face a stern test next when they square off against in-form Fiorentina in Tuscany.

Catania go into Sunday's game against Chievo still winless. The Sicilians have mustered just one point.

Lack of goalscoring has been Catania's main problem this campaign with the islanders having found the back of the net just twice so far.

Verona and Livorno will battle it out at the Bentegodi stadium on Sunday with the two sides having enjoyed a solid start in their return to Serie A.

Both teams gained promotion to the top flight this summer and sit in the top half of the standings, Livorno with eight points and Verona just one point behind.


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Everton duo John Stones and Kevin Mirallas picked up knocks on Sunday

Roberto Martinez has reminded Chelsea that Everton are a "big club with nine league titles" - and do not need to sell John Stones.

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0: Gunners win Community Shield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger finally beating Jose Mourinho.

Coloccini wants to stay at Newcastle, says McClaren

Steve McClaren says Fabricio Coloccini wants to stay at Newcastle for the rest of his career, despite speculation over the captain's future.

Mail Box

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company