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Midweek Fixtures Kick Start Second Phase of Season

After a rather short break, the Italian Serie A resumes today with a round of entertaining fixtures. In my opinion, the highlight of these fixtures will be the Parma vs Juventus Fixture. 5th place Parma host 2nd place Juvenus at the Stadio Ennio Tardini at 2145hrs local time tonight in a match that Juve have to win to keep up with both the Milan teams.

Juventus have a slim 2 point advantage over Parma and another negative result will leave club president Jean Claude Blanc with no  option other than sacking head coach Ciro Ferrara. Ferrara has had a run of bad luck ever since Bayern Munich thrashed them 4-1 in Turin to bundle them out of the Champions League.

Two more subsequent loses in the Serie A to minnows Bari and Catania have hugely dented their hopes of lifting the scudetto this season. As Juve look to put their house in order, another potentially entertaining fixture will be at the San Siro where AC Milan will host mid table Genoa. David Beckham is expected to feature in this match with Leonardo hinting that the England International could play at right-back.

Milan need to keep wining if they are to seriously contest for the scudetto. A loss tonight will give their arch rivals Inter Milan a massive advantage in the title race and probably send them into disarray. Inter have an easy fixture away to Chievo Verona. Even in the absence of their top Striker Samuel Eto’o, the Nerazzurri still have enough fire power in Balotelli and Milito to get all the 3 points.

4th place Roma who are 11 points off the title race pace set by Inter Milan are away to Cagliari. Totti is expected to marshal his troops to a victory. Being the clubs top scorer, he will be under a lot of pressure to get the win and hope that 3rd place Juventus drop points at Parma. All the top four teams know a win will bring them closer to wining the scudetto if not then it will at least help them maintain their status as Italy’s finest.