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It was a great result last week and we are playing really well, but this could still be a really difficult game :googly:

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Siena - Udinese

Stadio Franchi

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The Derby dei Bianconeri sees Siena looking to secure Serie A football next season and an Udinese side intent on beating Tuscan opposition for the second week in a row with a view to booking a place in the Champions League for only the second time in their history.

Coach Mario Beretta is leading Siena through a golden period. The Robur are undefeated in three matches and have kept two consecutive clean sheets thanks to the heroics of former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger, who was the man of the match in Siena's game at Livorno on Sunday.

The Tuscan minnows are organised, play the ball on the floor and are reaping the benefits of blooding hungry youngsters at the highest level, notably defenders Paolo De Ceglie and Luca Rossettini. If Siena win this weekend they will reach 39 points which should be enough to earn the Tuscan's a sixth consecutive season in Serie A. Over the past 15 years teams have been relegated with an average of 36 points.

The potential absence of Udinese's first-choice back-line comprised of Andrea Coda, Christian Zapata and Felipe could also help Siena's cause, but flamboyant Zebrette Coach Pasquale Marino will point to how well his team coped without them against Fiorentina four days ago. The Friulian faithful will also be hasty to add that Siena haven't beaten Udinese at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in four years.

A high-scoring affair, this fixture has seen three or more goals in five of the last six games between the two sides. Siena's 0-0 draw at Livorno on Sunday was earned by virtue of the profligacy of Francesco Tavano and Diego Tristan. The partnership of Antonio Di Natale and Fabio Quagliarella, the championship's most prolife strikeforce, will pose a much more dangerous threat.

The 25-goal pairing scored in the Zebrette's 3-1 defeat of rivals Fiorentina and are crucial to the Udinese dynamic. When both feature among the goals the Friulian's usually win, notching up six victories thanks to the contemporaneous presence of Di Natale and Quagliarella on the scoresheet.

Keep an eye on: Gokhan Inler (Udinese) - The Swiss international of Turkish origin scored a screamer against Fiorentina at the weekend, but is renowned for his quiet efficient work ethic.

Last season: Siena 2-2 Udinese

Form guide: Siena (W L D W D) Udinese (D D W W W)


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Siena (probable): Manninger; Bertotto, Portanova, Loria, De Ceglie; Jarolim, Galloppa, Vergassola; Locatelli, Maccarone, Rigano

Udinese (probable): Handanovic; Ferronetti, Zapotocny, Lukovic; Mesto, D'Agostino, Inler, Dossena; Pepe, Quagliarella, Di Natale

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I hope you guys win with another Quag-DN show.
 

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not the best of performances but still we will take any points available from now until the end of the season. after milan, fiorentina and sampdoria getting all three points from their matches we drop down to 7th but only by a point under samp and milan. Basically there is no way we can fall from 7th so thats the worst that can happen. It was a pretty even match throughout. i would say that all together siena played a better game however we had the better chances to score. dossena smacked the post, quagliarella had a goal taken away (offside) and towards the end of the game pepe came so close right in front of goal with quagliarella right on the goal line but the ball slipped an inch over his foot. Handanovic was forced to save some good shots especially one driven from the right side by vergassola. It was a scary sight early on in the game when di natale was signalling to the side lines and holding his hamstring however he pulled through for the entire game. the LAST LAST LAST thing we need is di natale to sit out against roma next week. on another note, this was the first time ALL season long that inler had a poor game for his standards. he messed up a couple passes and didnt do enough in defense to prevent Kharja from scoring just out side the penalty area. it was a horrid day for quagliarella, he did absolutely nothing for 90 minutes besides complain to the referees and lose the ball. he better pick up some form for next week.

players of the game:
1.) zapotocny-A wall in defense. seems to get better and better each game. he filled felipe's shoes and then some.
2.) dossena: up and down the pitch for 90 minutes without stopping. delivered superb crosses and hit the post and had a header denied by manninger
3.) handanovic: when called upon...does his job...period.
 

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I agree with everything you said agemang, I thought we played better in the first half and although a draw was fair, we were a bit unlucky and had enough chances to win the game.
 
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