Torino vs Bologna
Torino finally got back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon as a lone Bovo goal was enough for them to snatch three important points in Bergamo. Bologna will be equally pleased with their brave performance as they held Roma to a draw, thanks to a late Destro penalty, who got one back on his former side. I reckon Torino have enough to win this.
Milan vs Sampdoria
Despite a brave performance at the Juventus stadium Milan were unable to hold a better Juve side at bay and were eventually beaten by a single goal. Montella’s first game in charge of La Samp ended in defeat after he took over from Walter Zenga during the International break. Mihajlovic will demand maximum points from the Rossoneri over his former side.
Chievo vs Udinese
Chievo’s Serie A experience shone through as they beat Carpi in what was an extremely balanced affair. Udinese were the better side as they secured three vital points over Sampdoria to move four points clear of the bottom three. I predict a close game between these two sides who will both be happy to settle for a draw.
Frosinone vs Verona
After a brave start at the San Siro, Frosinone will undoubtedly feel hard done by the final score line as Inter struck twice in quick succession late on to down the Serie A newcomers 4-0. Verona find themselves rooted to 19th in the standings and an unconvincing performance against Napoli might be the final nail in coach Mandorlini’s coffin. I expect a close encounter, however the home side’s team spirit should see them through.
Genoa vs Carpi
In what was the most dramatic game of Gameweek 12, Genoa fought toe-to-toe with an in-form Sassuolo side to win the game in the dieing seconds, one minute after Sassuolo scored the equaliser, with both sides playing with ten men for over half the game. Carpi will feel hard done by the final score line when Chievo visited as they failed to make the most of their chances. Considering the home side’s form I reckon they have enough to win this.
Roma vs Atalanta
Garcia and his men returned to Rome knowing that they threw away two vital points after battling so hard for 87 minutes in Bologna, as they fell three points behind league leaders Inter. Atalanta will be slightly disheartened following their loss to Torino on Sunday as they failed to trouble the visitors goal despite having the lion’s share of possession. Despite their mid-week Champions League fixture I reckon the home side have enough to win this.
Empoli vs Lazio
Empoli were another of the minnows who caused an upset last weekend as they went into half time with a two goal lead in Florence only to be pegged back in the second half, however will be pleased with the unlikely point picked up. Lazio were frustrated in Rome by an improving Palermo side and are now 9 points behind the top three as Pioli’s men seem to be in for a frustrating season. I predict an exciting score draw.
Palermo vs Juventus
Considering this is Palermo’s first season back in the Serie A they will be pleased with their overall form to date, which should be enough to ensure survival. Juventus seem to be back to their old, consistent selves after downing eternal rivals Milan in Turin. This will be no walk in the park for Allegri’s side, however I reckon they should win this.
Sassuolo vs Fiorentina
As has been the case for a number of weeks Sassuolo continue to struggle on their travels as they were cruelly downed by a Pavoletti goal in the last second of the game in what was an extremely heated encounter at the Luigi Ferraris ground. Fiorentina can thank the second half heroics of Croatian striker Kalinic for his double which led to La Viola salvaging a point. Paulo Sousa will demand an instant reply from his side, who have a tough Europa League fixture to contend with and hence I expect a draw.
Napoli vs Inter
Monday night sees two of Italy’s current top three teams clash in the cauldron that is the Sao Paolo stadium in Naples. Napoli are currently flying high thanks to their superb attacking front line, while Inter are sitting pretty at the top mainly down to their solid defense and the goalkeeping heroics of Handanovic. This will be an extremely close encounter as both sides look to secure atleast a point.
Bologna vs Roma
Bologna will be delighted with their hard earned away win in Verona just before the international break and they snuck out of the bottom three by a solitary point. Roma bounced back following their loss at the San Siro three weeks ago to humiliate derby rivals Lazio in front of their home crowd. I reckon Roma have enough to win this.
Juventus vs Milan
Despite conceding an early goal Juventus bounced back later on in the game to maintain their positive run of form as they look to recover from their poor start to the campaign. Milan’s form has definitely improved and the Rossoneri will be delighted with the coming of age of 16 year old goalkeeper Donnarumma who has stolen the limelight. Mihajlovic will demand his side fight to the death however Juve’s quality should see them through.
Udinese vs Sampdoria
Udinese’s nightmare season continued as they were beaten in Naples and remain just one point from safety. Sampdoria have not won in three games now are their early season momentum seems to be running out. I predict a close game between these two sides who will both be happy to settle for a draw.
Verona vs Napoli
Verona continue to struggle as they were beaten by fellow relegation candidates Bologna on their homesoil and are the only side in the Serie A not to win a single game to date. Napoli were made to fight when Udinese made the journey south in Gameweek 11 as they kept in touch with the top of the standings. This won’t be an easy game for the Partenepoi, however they should have enough to win this.
Atalanta vs Torino
Compared to passed seasons Atalanta have had a great start to their campaign already winning 5 games, compared to the 7 in total last year. Torino’s momentum seems to be fizzling out as they were beaten in Turin by Inter and have now not won a single game out of their last six . Considering the home side’s form I reckon they have enough to win this.
Carpi vs Chievo
Serie A debutants Carpi continued to struggle as they were beaten by a lone Sansone strike to remain at the bottom of the standings. Chievo will be hoping that the International break will allow them to regain some energy as long lost form since they have struggled in recent weeks following a solid start. I reckon the home side have enough to hold out for a draw.
Fiorentina vs Empoli
La Viola climbed back up to the top of the standings after comfortably winning in Sampdoria in what has been a fantastic start to their season. Empoli took a early lead over Juventus however did not have enough mettle to keep Allergi’s side at bay and eventually lost 3-1. Comfortable home win expected for Paulo Sousa’s men.
Genoa vs Sassuolo
Genoa will be pleased with their hard earned point over Frosinone, considering they played for over 30 minutes with ten men, showing real character. Sassuolo got back to winning ways and deservedly climbed up to 5th in the Serie A table. Considering the visitors form, I predict an impressive away win.
Lazio vs Palermo
Lazio have yet to find their feet this season, marred with a number of inconsistent performances meaning they occupy a mid-table spot. Palermo will be pleased with their 1-0 win over Chievo to add some distance over the drop zone. I expect an entertaining game of football at the Olimpico and predict a home win.
Inter vs Frosinone
Inter’s superb run of form continued as Mancini’s side beat a tough Torino side in Turin to remain joint top with Fiorentina, with the Nerazzurri once again keeping a clean sheet. Frosinone will be relatively pleased with their first season in the Serie A as they are just a few points from safety and atleast have some positive results to build on. This might be one game the newcomers stand little chance of getting any points from.