Udinese vs Mlian
Udinese held off a more in form Chievo side after they secured their first point from their last three outings. Milan put on a defensive display to stifle Inter and hold out for a point in what was a rather drab derby. I expect a close game but considering the home side’s form, I reckon Inzaghi’s men can win this.
Inter vs Roma
The Derby della Madonnina failed to live up to its historical glamour as Inter failed to create enough chances to down their city rivals. Roma are also facing a crisis of their own as they were held by a determined Atalanta side at the Olimpico. Garcia’s side cannot afford to drop more points or risk losing out of Champions League football next season, however Inter should have enough to secure a point.
Atalanta vs Empoli
Despite the pressure of slowly edging towards the relegation zone Atalanta put on a brave display to hold out for an important point in Rome. Empoli are 11 points clear of the drop and will feel frustrated after being pegged back by a stubborn Parma side and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Considering that Atalanta have are just seven points above the bottom three I reckon they will be more enticed to win this.
Genoa vs Cesena
Genoa sit in 7th place in what has been an extremely positive season for the Ligurian side following a number of seasons tethering on the verge of relegation. Cesena are likely candidates for the drop this season after they were unable to meet the higher standards of the Serie A. They will be encouraged following their 0-0 stalemate over a tough Sampdoria side but I predict Genoa will prove too much for them.
Verona vs Sassuolo
Verona pulled off the surprise result of Gamesweek 31 by beating a tired looking Fiorentina side in Florence, thanks to a last minute Obbadi goal, winning three vital points, which all but secures another year of Serie A football. Sassuolo fought hard to hold an in form Torino at bay and now sit on 36 points all but ensuring another season of Italian top flight football. These two sides sit on equal points in the standings but I am backing Verona’s better current form to see them through.
Lazio vs Chievo
Lazio are on the verge of securing a historic Champions League place in what has been a superb season for Pioli’s side. Chievo sit 13 points above the bottom three thanks to a positive run of form in the past three months. Lazio to bounce back following their 2-0 defeat at the Juventus stadium last weekend.
Parma vs Palermo
Parma once again showed great resilience to secure a point on their travels to Empoli in Gamesweek 31, it’s a shame it is a little too late for Donadoni’s side who have been hampered with problems on and off the field all year long. An early double from front man Chochev was enough for Palermo to win their 8th home game of the campaign in a what can be considered to be an extremely positive return to Serie A football for the Sicilians. Even though Parma FC might cease to exist come May, the players are showing great fighting spirit and I am backing them to hold out for a draw.
Torino vs Juventus
Despite a slow start Torino bounced back in style following the Christmas break to slowly but surely climb up the standings, with captain Glik proving to be a real leader from the back. Juventus brushed aside second place Lazio and are now 15 points clear at the top with just a handful of games left to play. Considering the tough Champions League game on Wednesday night and the fact that Juventus have all but secured their 4th consecutive Scudetto, I reckon both teams will be happy to settle for a draw.
Fiorentina vs Cagliari
Fiorentina are without a doubt one of the surprise packages of the season and have managed to remain consistent despite a substantial number of injuries to key players and congested fixture list. Despite the return of Zeman to the helm a few weeks ago, after he was sacked in December, Cagliari have struggled all year and have little hope of surviving the drop. Buoyed by their mid-week win to secure a Europa League semi-final spot, I am backing a comfortable home win fr Montella’s side!
Napoli vs Sampdoria
Napoli have peaked very late this season and even though it has helped them secure a place in the Europa League semi-finals Benitez’s side were out of the title race hardly one month into the season meaning that the Spaniard is unlikely to be offered a contract extension in June. Mihajlovic has shown real managerial calibre after transforming a pretty ordinary Sampdoria side into a squad on the brink of Europa League qualification. I am backing Napoli to win on Sunday night.