Livorno will be fighting to stay in Serie A after a brief spell in Serie B and are relishing the opportunity to play amongst the elite. However, a poor start the season – two draws and four losses – has left them rooted firmly to the bottom of the table. They will be hungry for their first win as they hope for a longer stay in Serie A.
Siena are likewise coming from an equally bad set of results having only recorded one win so far against Cagliari in Week 2. This has been the high point of their Serie A campaign so far, as their sole victory was quickly followed by two consecutive losses, a draw with Chievo and further loss to Napoli. Both teams then will be looking to redeem themselves after their disastrous starts to the Serie A campaign, and to make sure they prolong their stay in the top flight.
Siena – Having sold one of their most promising players to Napoli, they will be looking to prove to the fans that they can do without Juan Camilo Zuniga. The Robur have lost many other promising players, and as a result have had to dramatically change their tactics, which now require that their attacking players must track back and defend. This has proven to be a bit challenging hence the string of bad results. Siena will be hoping that Reginaldo can use his strength and flair to miraculously produce a result that will be beneficial for the Tuscan side. A lot of the weight will also go to Massimo Maccarone as Siena’s top scorer – all eyes will be on him to be a major threat to the opposition’s defence.
21 Rossi – 6 Terzi – 15 Brandao – 3 Del Grosso
8 Vergassola – 17 Fini – 10 Codrea
7 Reginaldo – 32 Maccarone
Livorno – Livorno will be looking for Francesco Tavano to be the leader that can help them dig themselves out of the hole that they have dug, while it is hoped that Antonio Candreva can help change the Amaranto’s fortunes. Candreva can score great goals and his resourcefulness can help to bring the three points Livorno are craving. Cristiano Lucarelli is the only player to have scored a goal so far this term and the 33-year-old veteran will aim to add to that tally. It would not be a wise thing to write off Livorno. This is the side that troubled Juventus in Week 2 and it was only because of Gianluigi Buffon that they did not win that game.
1 De Lucia
77 Raimondi – 17 Miglionico – 2 Perticone – 46 Pieri
7 Pulzetti – 24 Mozart – 5 Marchini
99 Lucarelli – 10 Tavano
Both teams will be equally determined to grab all three points, but it will be Livorno who will be the hungrier of the two as they are just hovering above the relegation zone. They should not be a side to be underestimated as Juventus learned in Week 2. Siena will once again want to prove that they deserve to be playing amongst the elite of Serie A and will not go down quite as easily as you may think. Just like with Livorno, the struggle for survival can awake something powerful within the small team from Tuscany. Anything can happen in this fixture.