Chievo vs Milan
Chievo were demolished last weekend on their travels to Empoli, as a positive run of form came to a crashing end. Inzaghi’s side on the other hand were so solid as they downed a hapless Cesena side at the San Siro, with Menez once again proving to be the key man for his side. This will not be an easy game for the Rossoneri, who are still far from settled, and I am backing a score draw.
Cagliari vs Verona
Cagliari were extremely close to pulling off a superb second half comeback, with front man Mpoku causing Inter’s backline a whole load of problems with his impressive pace. Zola’s side remain 3 points from safety in what will be a tough few months for the Sardinians. Verona made up for what has been a poor season with a determined performance, to grind out a 1-1 draw with Roma. This is a must win for the Sardinians, who I predict have enough to win this!
Atalanta vs Sampdoria
Despite taking an early lead at the Juventus Stadium, Atalanta were unable to keep a superior Juventus side at bay. The home side are just 3 points above the bottom three and desperately need a win to avoid a late relegation scrape. Sampdoria’s superb start to the season seems to be running out of steam, as they were held in their local derby by Genoa on Tuesday night, after the match was postponed on Friday night, due to a waterlogged pitch. This will be a closely fought match between two sides fighting for different goals at each end of the Serie A standings – draw expected.
Cesena vs Udinese
Cesena put on a brave display but proved to lack the fire power upfront to really test Milan at the San Siro. Udinese’s scheduled game against struggling Parma was postponed due to the latter sides’ current financial problems, as Stramaccioni’s side try do re-discover their early season form. The Seahorses cannot afford to drop more points and I believe will settle for a point.
Genoa vs Parma
Genoa will be delighted with their derby display and gained a rare point agaisnt city rivals Sampdoria, who in recent fixtures always got the better of them. This result confirms the improvement of the Rossoblu this season. Parma F.C. may very soon cease to exist after their third owner in six months admitted to serious financial problems last week. With the club on the brink of collapse and their players going unpaid, the club might soon be dissolved and removed from the league standings, in what will be a very sad day for Serie A football. Assuming the game is played, I predict a home win.
Palermo vs Empoli
Palermo have been one of the surprise packages this season and following their return to Serie A have not looked back. The deservedly occupy a healthy mid-table position, 13 points above the drop zone. The Sicilians will need all their grit to fight off fellow newcomers Empoli, who are fresh from a comfortable 3-0 win, with veteran front man Maccarone scoring a brace. This will be a hard fought encounter, which I predict will end in a home win.
Sassuolo vs Lazio
The home side have done well this season to grind out a series of impressive victories in what is only Sassuolo’s second season in the Serie A. Lazio are just five points off third place Napoli as they maintained their Champions League hopes for next season. Sassuolo have only lost two games at home this season, which is why I am backing a score draw, with Zaza to get himself on the scoresheet.
Inter vs Fiorentina
Inter won their third consecutive Serie A game for the first time in almost three years as Mancini’s men continue to show signs of improvement. Montella’s team squandered a perfect chance to beat Torino at home, after front man Babacar first missed an early penalty and then for la Viola to throw away their one goal advantage late on in the game. I expect a thrilling game of football at the San Siro, with plenty of goals at either end and the game to end in a score draw.
Torino vs Napoli
Torino will be delighted with the hard fought point they earned in Florence on Sunday night. Il Toro face an in form Napoli side who are on the hunt for a second place finish after closing the gap with Roma to just five points. Torino are tough on there home soil and considering Napoli’s congested fixture list I reckon Benitez will take a draw.
Roma vs Juventus
On Monday night, what can effectively be dubbed as the Serie A league decider, takes place at the Olimpico. This is a critical game for Garcia’s side, who already trail Juventus by 9 points, and anything less than a win will all but secure Allegri’s sides fourth successive Scudetto. Expect a hotly contested game in Rome, with plenty of drama and goals. Score draw expected.