Milan Vs Livorno
Milan have now won four on the trot as Seedorf’s side squeezed past lowly Catania at the San Siro thanks to a Montolivo screamer from well outside the visitor’s area. Livorno were downed by a Paloschi hat-trick to remain among the bottom three and are now three points from safety after the teams above them managed to secure a vital point. I can see only one winner in this fixture.
Atalanta Vs Verona
As expected Atalanta stood little chance of winning and despite a brave performance at the Olimpico were downed by a much stronger Roma side. The Nerazzurri have had a fine season and sit exactly in mid-table on equal points with the visitors who have fallen down the table following a poor run of games in 2014. This will be a close encounter between two inconsistent sides, however I am sticking my neck out and backing a home win.
Catania Vs Sampdoria
Despite having more shots on target at the San Siro bottom side Catania were unable to make them count and remained rooted to the bottom of the Serie A standings. Time is really running out for the Sicilians who now face a battered and bruised Sampdoria side, who were humiliated in front of their home fans in a 0-4 drubbing to Inter. Mihajlovic will demand an instant reaction from his men but I reckon the home side will do enough to secure a draw.
Chievo Vs Sassuolo
Chievo took an important step to safety as they beat fellow relegation candidates Livorno on their travels to increase the gap above the bottom three to 5 points with just 5 matches remaining. The team from Verona will all but secure safety should they beat Sassuolo, who are in the same position as Livorno and who have struggled all season. Home win expected.
Genoa Vs Cagliari
As predicted Genoa were downed by a stronger Torino side in Turin after taking an 85th minute lead thanks to Gilardino only to concede two goals at the death. Despite the results, Genoa have had an extremely positive season following a number of years in the relegation scrap. Cagliari did well to draw at Sassuolo and are now 8 points clear of the bottom three to all but secure Serie A football next season. The home side should have enough to down the Sardinians.
Lazio Vs Torino
Despite a valiant effort Lazio were downed in Naples in a six goal thriller. Following this game and the past 5 months of his second stint as coach, Reja will undoubtedly have a lot of positives to build on and the Biancocelesti faithful can look forward to next season with high aspirations. Torino are another side who have plenty to look forward to next season in what has been a good year for Ventura’s side, with the attacking process of Cerci and Immobile proving to be unstoppable for most defences. This deadly duo were once again on target in their important home win over Genoa last weekend. Exciting score draw expected.
Parma Vs Inter
Parma have been the biggest surprise package of the season and deservedly sit 6th in the standings following an impressive year for Donadoni’s men, who also went on a 16 game unbeaten run no too long ago. Inter on the other hand will feel slightly disappointed after so much ambition at the start of the season. Inter fans will most likely blame coach Mazzarri due to his negative tactics, which have seen Inter drop 15 points in these part two months alone, at home to bottom half to the table teams. Despite beating Sampdoria last weekend, Inter are still not playing great football and I predict Parma will have enough to win this at the Tardini.
Udinese Vs Napoli
Compared to recent seasons Udinese are having a season to forget. Once again wholesale changes were made over the summer, however unlike recent years, coach Guidolin was unable to re-build his squad into a competitive side, who are 14th in the standings. Like Inter, Napoli started the season full of ambition following the arrival of Benitez as coach and the likes of Higuain, Callejon and Albiol from Real Madrid. However their campaign quickly turned sour after being knocked out of the group stages of the Champions League and losing track of runaway league leaders Juventus as early as February. I predict a close match, but I reckon the Partnepoi can just pip this.
Juventus Vs Bologna
Juventus are just a couple of wins away from securing their third consecutive Scudetto in what has been a superb domestic season for Conte’s side. Few can argue that La Juve are by far the strongest side in Italy and can now look forward towards the summer break in which they will look to strengthen further in order to make a more concrete assault on the Champions League. Bologna are hovering 3 points above the bottom three and are more likely to survive this season due to the shortcomings of others. Comfortable home win predicted.
Fiorentina Vs Roma
La Viola are another surprise package this season, who despite a limited squad, plagued by injuries, have played some good football and are likely to finish 4th this season. Montella has guided his side well and will be keen to reinforce certain areas of his squad during the summer break. Roma have gone from strength to strength this season under the guidance of coach Rudi Garcia and boast the best defence in the league. The team from the capital have all but consolidated their second place finish. Expect a great footballing spectacle between two sides who love to attack.
Bologna Vs Atalanta
Bologna were trounced on their travels to fellow minnows Chievo and remain just a couple of points above the bottom three with just 8 games left this season. The Rossoblu really need to secure a few more wins if they are going to ensure another season of Serie A football. Following their hard fought win at the San Siro, Atalanta comfortably saw off 18th place Livorno in Bergamo to climb up to 7th in the standings and are now in with a fighting chance of playing Europa League football next season, something I am sure will delight everyone at the club. Expect a tightly contested contest between two teams both determined to win for entirely different reasons.
Milan Vs Chievo
Milan pulled off the surprise of Gameweek 30 to beat Fiorentina in Florence and ease some pressure off coach Seedorf’s shoulders. Despite the impressive win the Rossoneri still sit 12th in the standings following a disastrous season and I reckon they will be doing their utmost to end their season on a positive note. Chievo took another important step to safety by beating fellow relegation candidates Bologna to leap frog them to 16th place in the standings. I predict the visitors have enough to hold out for a point in Milan.
Sassuolo Vs Roma
Serie A newcomers Sassuolo are extremely likely to be heading straight back down this season after a frustrating year in which they have spent just weeks above the bottom three. Roma will be no mood for favours as they look to keep alive the small hope they have of snatching the Scudetto off Juventus. The team from the capital showed real resilience on Tuesday night to see off a stubborn Torino side at the Olimpico. Away win expected for Garcia’s men.
Verona Vs Genoa
Verona will be thanking their excellent run of form before the Christmas break as the key to comfortably avoiding a relegation scrap this season, since 2014 has been far from perfect for Mandolini’s side who have now dropped down to 10th following just 3 wins this calendar year. The Genoa faithful will be delighted with their sides home win over Lazio and their overall form this season following the relegation scraps these last few seasons. Considering both these sides current for I predict a score draw.
Lazio Vs Parma
Lazio were comfortably beaten on their travels to Genoa on Wednesday night as the momentum brought by Reja’s appointment several months ago seems to have finally worn off. Despite their inconsistent season the team from the capital sit 8th in the standings and will really need to be on their toes when in form Parma visit the Olimpico. Donadoni’s sides impressive 16 game unbeaten run came to a controversial end when they were denied a clear penalty at the Juventus stadium. His men will not be too disheartened though as they are close to securing Europa League football next season. Considering the visitors will be without Amauri through suspension, I predict a score draw.
Sampdoria Vs Fiorentina
Mihajlovic has been a real revelation ever since taking over at Sampdoria. He has transformed this side into a solid team who once again proved their resilience by beating Sassoulo on the road to climb up to 9th in the standings. Fiorentina were beaten at home by a more disciplined Milan side. Montella must be pondering how his side’s home form is almost identical to their away form and will need to improve on this next season if they are to stand any chance of competing for a Champions League place. Tough one to call, but I reckon La Samp could edge this.
Torino Vs Cagliari
Torino were just minutes away from leaving the Olimpico with an impressive point but were denied by a late Florenzi strike. The Toro fateful will undoubtedly be pleased with their sides season considering their limited squad and coach Ventura can now strengthen his team around his impressive attacking duo of Cerci and Immobile. Cagliari fought for their lives and managed to hold out to beat a struggling Verona side which now sees the Sardinians climb up to 8 points above the bottom three and are almost certain of Serie A survival. Home win expected.
Napoli Vs Juventus
Sunday night sees the meeting between two of Italy’s top teams in what is expected to be an enticing encounter in the cauldron that is the San Paolo Stadium. Benitez’s side have been extremely inconsistent this season, cracking under pressure on a number of occasions, which led them to dropping out of the title race almost half way through the season. La Juve on the other hand have all but secured their third successive Scudetto following another controversial win at the Juventus stadium. Expect a hard fought battle between these two sides and I am sticking my neck out and backing Napoli to win this so they can at least they can end their season on a high.
Udinese Vs Catania
Guidolin’s side shut up shop and threw away the key on Thursday evening when they managed to hold off a toothless Inter side at the San Siro, mainly through the goal-keeping heroics of 17 year old Simone Scuffet. Catania remain rooted to the bottom of the standings after they went 0-4 down in Sicily against Napoli, even though they managed to score two late goals it was too little too late. Considering that these sides finished 5th and 8th respectively last season just goes to show how far they have fallen this season. Home win expected.
Livorno Vs Inter
Livorno are just two points away from safety as they clamber on from game to game. The newcomers, a team predominantly built around young loanees from Serie A’s top sides, are still in with a chance of survival and might see this struggling Inter side as a chance to pick up a point. Mazzarri’s side were once again held at home as he continues to frustrate the club’s owner and fans through his negative tactics which have seen Inter drop over 15 points at home this season against bottom half of the table sides. This is a very important match for both sides, however I am backing the Nerazzurri to win this.
Roma Vs Parma
Whilst most of the footballing world will undoubtedly have their eyes fixed on the two scintillating Champions League matches on Wednesday night Roma will be hosting Parma at the Olimpico after this tie was postponed several months ago due to poor weather. As predicted, Roma comfortably saw off relegation candidates Sassuolo while Parma were dealt their second defeat in 4 days which abruptly ended their 16 match unbeaten run. Home win expected.