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Mark Young 13th Oct 2011 - 11:44

Serie A Review: 1st October - 2nd October

The first two days in October in Serie A were huge. Big teams dropped points and the outsiders once again proved worthy contenders.

No other team personified it more over the weekend than at the San Siro on Saturday evening when treble winners of two years ago, Inter Milan (5/1, Outright) took on last season's third placed team, the exciting Napoli.

Claudio Ranieri has recently taken over the reins since the sacking of Gasperini and had won his first two games in charge, away at Bologna and in the Champions League in Moscow against CSKA.

The visit of Napoli was Ranieri's first home game in charge but it did not go to plan. Napoli (4/1 Outright) are no longer being viewed as outsiders for the Serie A title due to a solid season last year and some very wise spending in the summer.

Add to that, they were able to keep hold of the front three - Marek Hamsik, Ezequial Lavezzi and the prolific Uruguayan Edinson Cavani. Cavani missed this clash but that did not stop the Naples club coming away from the San Siro with three points.

Not only was it three points but it was a fantastic performance, not a lot of teams win 3-0 at Inter Milan. Joel Obi was sent off five minutes before half time which gave Napoli the advantage. Then they struck and Hugo Campagnaro opened the scoring and Inter had an uphill climb at the break.

Christian Maggio and Marek Hamsik added to that goal to send Napoli home happy. Add to that the fact, that they also missed a first half penalty and you have almost complete domination.

Napoli are up to third with ten points and will continue to battle but where Inter go from here is a problem in itself.

It was also a big weekend for Roma (10/1 Outright) whose continued improvement in form saw Bojan, Osvaldo and Simplicio score to give the men from the capital a 3-1 victory against Atalanta and push them up to eighth.

Udinese kept up their stunning record on Sunday to go second with another win. Benatia and a Di Natale penalty gave them a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Bologna.

Another team that posted a 2-0 victory and a valuable three points were the revitalised Juventus (5/2 Outright). They hosted Allegri's champions, AC Milan (13/8 Outright) who after this defeat only have five points from the five games played.

Claudio Marchisio notched two goals very late on either side of a red card for Kevin Prince Boateng. It is a steep hill to climb for Milan now but there are plenty of legs left in the season yet.

Elsewhere in Serie A, Lazio pulled off a great comeback away at Fiorentina to beat the Viola 2-1. Palermo won 2-0 at home to Siena whilst Cagliari secured the same score line away at Lecce.

Parma beat Genoa 3-1. Cesena were held 0-0 at home by Chievo and in the early Sunday kick off newly promoted Novara and Catania drew 3-3 in an epic encounter.




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