Catania achieved a credible 11th place finish last season under the tutelage of Vicenzo Montella and despite their coach heading to pastures new the majority of that squad remains. The Elefanti began their campaign with a strong 2-2 draw away to Roma and will be hoping for a similar performance when they host Genoa (Sunday 2nd September, 19:45 GMT).
Genoa secured a 2-0 win at home to Cagliari on the opening day, but their squad hasn’t improved a great deal from the one that finished one place above the bottom three last season. The Rossoblu shared the worst away record in the league with Novara and Cesena (both relegated) and conceded more goals than any other team.
With Catania possessing the invention of Francesco Lodi and Pablo Barrientos and the pace and acceleration of Alejandro Gomez, Genoa’s defence will be in for a stern test on Sunday. It is hard to see that they will offer much resistance, despite pre-season signing Michele Canini bringing an extra degree of stability to their back-line.