Chievo vs Palermo
Chievo were superb as they beat a tough Genoa side in Liguria to move eight points clear of the relegation zone and they can now finally breath a bit easier. Palermo’s hard work was undone by a superb Morata strike as they lost just their second game in Sicily this season. Considering the home’s side form, I predict an exciting score draw.
Milan vs Cagliari
Despite a hard fought performance Inzaghi’s side were unable to hold onto their slim 0-1 lead in Florence and conceded two in the last ten minutes to return to Milan empty handed. In a surprising turn of events, Zeman was reinstated as coach of Cagliari after being sacked just before the Christmas break, three months ago. His side conceded a late equalizer to earn a point in Sardinia to remain four from safety. Milan really need to win to save face and finish the season in the top half of the standings!
Empoli vs Sassuolo
Nine points above the bottom three, Empoli have fared well following their return to Italian top flight and showed real grit to score a late goal and return to Turcany with am important point. Sassuolo put on a ruthless display to down a hapless Parma side. Expect a close game between these two sides which I predict will end in a stalemate.
Juventus vs Genoa
Juventus maintained their unstoppable march towards their fourth consecutive title as they downed a stubborn Palermo side in Sicily thanks to a superb Morata strike. Genoa have now not won in three outings after losing at home to Chievo and I predict another defeat at the Juventus Stadium. Allegri’s side to win and all but secure the Scudetto!
Cesena vs Roma
Cesena were extremely organised to frustrate a poor Inter side at the San Siro on Sunday night and despite their positive performance remain in the middle of the relegation scrap. Roma’s 2015 keeps on getting worse and worse, as they were beaten in Rome by Sampdoria, leaving them just one point above their arch-rivals Lazio in the fight for second place. Cesena will fancy their chances of securing a point against Garcia’s struggling side!
Lazio vs Verona
Lazio’s superb run of form continued as they won their fifth Serie A game on the trot, with front man Felipe Anderson scoring a fantastic second half brace to earn three vital points in Turin. Verona will be delighted with veteran front man Luca Toni who scored a brace to down a poor Napoli side. With Lazio so close to securing Champions League football next season, I predict a home win for Pioli’s side.
Parma vs Torino
Only a miracle can save Parma from relegation, and maybe even bankruptcy come May, as they lost their 19th game this season on Sunday afternoon. Torino’s great run of form came to an end on Monday night when they were outplayed by a superior Lazio side. This will be a close encounter but I reckon Torino will have enough to win this.
Napoli vs Atalanta
Despite a couple of positive results Napoli’s form has remained extremely inconsistent and they now risk not qualifying for Champions League football, after Lazio leapfrogged them into third place. Atalanta have also been far from perfect this season and remain just four points above the relegation zone. This is a must win for Benitez’s side if they are to stand any chance of finishing among the top three.
Sampdoria vs Inter
This will undoubtedly go down as one of Sampdoria’s most impressive years as they have battled all season long with Serie A’s big guns and are now very close to securing European football next season. Inter fans are already looking towards the next campaign after an extremely poor season despite all the initial hope and ambition. Their 1-1 draw at home to relegation candidates Cesena pretty much summed up the Nerazzurri’s year. With European football so close for Mihajlovic’s side, I am backing them to win this!
Udinese vs Fiorentina
Sitting comfortably in mid-table, Udinese will look back positively at Stramacionni’s first season in charge and will be confident on building on their current squad next season. Despite resting a couple of key players, Fiorentina showed great spirit to comeback from a goal down and beat Milan in Florence. Even though Montella’s side have an extremely congested fixture list, they should have enough depth to win this.