Crotone vs Atalanta
Stadio Ezio Scida, Crotone
Saturday, 31-10-2020 @5pm
Atalanta need to get back on track after two consecutive Serie A defeats, while Crotone crashed out of the Coppa Italia midweek.
La Dea are finding the balance of domestic competition and the Champions League more difficult to handle this time around, as coach Gian Piero Gasperini took responsibility for excessive squad rotation in the home loss to Sampdoria.
A fightback from 2-0 down to hold Ajax 2-2 on Tuesday boosted confidence to a degree, but they continue to look rusty.
Crotone were also in action on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia Third Round, going to extra time with SPAL before losing on penalties. It wasn’t the result they needed after a 4-2 Serie A defeat to Cagliari.
Atalanta could fall to three Serie A defeats in a row for the first time since January 2016, when Edy Reja was the coach.
Inter Milan vs Parma
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
Saturday, 31-10-2020 @8pm
Inter’s stuttering form continued in the Champions League midweek and they host a Parma side still struggling with a COVID outbreak.
Antonio Conte can’t seem to get his team playing consistently and Lautaro Martinez is on particularly poor form, missing another sitter in the 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk.
With Alexis Sanchez injured and now Romelu Lukaku also sidelined, there’s little choice but to keep pushing the Argentine, although Christian Eriksen should again be benched.
Parma were always going to struggle under new coach Fabio Liverani, but a huge COVID-19 outbreak has decimated his squad. They also played midweek with Wednesday’s 3-1 Coppa Italia win against Pescara.
Parma are unbeaten in their last four Serie A trips to Inter, drawing three and winning one.
Bologna vs Cagliari
Stadio Renato Dell’Ara, Bologna
Saturday, 31-10-2010 @10:45pm
Bologna and Cagliari are two very attack-minded teams who try to outscore the opposition and rarely keep a clean sheet.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men have achieved the all-time Serie A record of 38 consecutive league matches conceding at least one goal and that is unlikely to end here, especially with Andrea Poli and Gary Medel injured.
The Sardinians are finding their feet under Eusebio Di Francesco, celebrating back-to-back victories over Torino and Crotone. Moving his traditional 4-3-3 to more of a versatile 4-2-3-1 formation has worked wonders, as Joao Pedro pulls the strings behind Cholito Simeone.
Cagliari have earned six points from trailing situations this season, more than any other club.
The upcoming Serie A games
-Udinese vs AC Milan @2:30pm
-Spezia vs Juventus @5pm
-Torino vs Lazio @5pm
-Napoli vs Sassuolo @8pm
-AS Roma vs Fiorentina @8pm
-Sampdoria vs Genoa @10:45pm
-Hellas Verona vs Benevento @10:45pm