Juventus vs Sampdoria
A hungover second string Juventus side were beaten on their travels to Verona however this will do little to damp their ongoing Scudetto celebrations. Sampdoria were humiliated in front of their home crowd by city rivals Genoa in what has been a disastrous season for il Doria. Home win expected in what will be a party atmosphere at the Juventus stadium.
Milan vs Roma
Milan limped past a ten-man Bologna side thanks to a first half Bacca penalty as the Rossoneri band will be hoping for nothing more than the end to this miserable season. Roma overpowered a fighting Chievo side at the Olimpico to keep their slim chances of second place alive, even though Napoli now seem all but certain of finishing above the Romans. Spalletti’s side have been on an incredible run of form since his return to his club so I am backing them to win this.
Napoli vs Frosinone
After beating Torino on their travels, Napoli have all but secured the vital second place in the standings and automatic qualification in the Champions League. Despite a number of determined performances Frosinone did not do enough to ensure Serie A survival. Home win expected..
Sassuolo vs Inter
Sassuolo have had their best season to date, all but qualifying to next year’s Europa League, an impressive feat considering they were only promoted to the Serie A three seasons ago. Inter will be kicking themselves for all those silly dropped points as Champions League football slipped through their fingers and Mancini’s side will have to settle for Europe’s second tier of football. I reckon the home side can win this.
Chievo vs Bologna
Despite being outplayed on their travels to Rome, Chievo will be delighted with their 9th place finish in the standings and will undoubtedly aim for European football next season. Bologna just about escaped the relegation scrape this season and the Rossoblu will be planning on strengthening their squad over the summer. I am backing the home side to win this.
Empoli vs Torino
Empoli will feel slightly cheated after being beaten at the San Siro in what was an extremely close game with Inter while Torino will looking forward to the summer to regroup after a poor season by their much better standards. I predict a close game which will end in a draw.
Genoa vs Atalanta
Genoa thumped local rivals Sampdoria to earn the bragging rights for the foreseeable future while Atalanta could only manage a draw over lowly Udinese despite dominating possession. Even though just four points separate these two sides the home sides form should be enough to see them end their campaign with three points.
Lazio vs Fiorentina
Just like last year Lazio have peaked late, this term slightly too late to pose a serious charge up the table to secure Europa League football as they will have to settle for an 8th place finish. Fiorentina seem to be running out of steam as they were held at home by lowly Palermo, after a long and fairly positive season as La Viola aim to finish in 5th, despite Sassuolo breathing down their necks. I am backing the home side to win this.
Palermo vs Verona
Palermo have their destiny in their own hands as they sit just one point above the bottom three before they face bottom side Verona, a win will obviously secure the Sicilians Serie A future. Beating reigning champions Juventus last weekend will be little consolation for Verona who were the first side to be relegated this season. Must win for the home side.
Udinese vs Carpi
Udinese have become a shadow of the side that once gave all the big guns a run for their money however after a dismal season sit just four points above the bottom three. Carpi need a miracle to stay up as they have struggled to keep up with the rest of the pack. I reckon a draw is on the cards.
Inter vs Empoli
Inter were extremely poor as they failed to really challenge a more determined Lazio side in Rome and were eventually beaten 2-0. Empoli played out a 0-0 bore draw at home to Bologna to maintain their mid-table position and will look to take on as many lessons as they can following their mixed run of form this campaign. Inter have enough to win this.
Bologna vs Milan
Bologna seemed content on playing out a 0-0 draw in Empoli as they are all but safe from relegation and will look forward to more Serie A football next season. Milan were moments away from an embarrassing defeat in what has been a season to forget for the Nerazzurri, as a late Menez penalty secured a point for his side as the game ended 3-3. I reckon the home side have enough to hold out for a point.
Roma vs Chievo
Roma will once again be grateful for the influence of club legend Francesco Totti has on his team, since despite being 39 years old the talisman still has enough vigor to turn the tables in his sides favor as substitute performances in recent weeks have shown. Chievo fought hard and did well to hold a stuttering Fiorentina at home as the Giolloblu consolidate their 9th place position. Home win expected.
Atalanta vs Udinese
Bar a late consolation goal Atalanta failed to really threaten the Napoli backline as they were beaten down south. Udinese lost their 18th game of the season after they were thrashed 1-5 in front of a disgruntled home crowd. Just one point separates these two sides but I reckon the home side can pip this.
Carpi vs Lazio
After their 2-0 loss at the Juventus Stadium Carpi have been dragged into the relegation scrape once again following Palermo’s home win. Lazio showed rare signs of good football as they outplayed a disorganized Inter side at the Olimpico to give their fans something to cheer about after a poor season for the Biancocelesti. I predict an exciting game of football which will end in a draw.
Fiorentina vs Palermo
Fiorentina failed to make the most of their chances as they were held in Carpi as La Viola will most likely finish the season in 5th place. Palermo did their survival chances a world of good after beating Sampdoria at home to go level on points with 17th place Carpi. I am afraid the Sicilians will have little luck in Florence.
Frosinone vs Sassuolo
Despite playing for their lives Frosinone were undone by a late penalty in what would have been a historic victory for the Serie A newcomers, who are now four points from safety with just two games to go. Sassuolo did just enough to beat an already relegated Verona to all but secure Europa League football for next season. Close game expected which I expect will end in a draw.
Sampdoria vs Genoa
Both sides lost their respective games as Sampdoria were beaten by Palermo and Genoa lost at home after a Roma comeback. With just three points between these two struggling sides do not expect a great Derby della Lanterna however I am sure the game will not be missing any of it’s usual ferocity.
Verona vs Juventus
Verona were the first side in the league to be relegated from the Serie A in what has been a dismal season for the Gialloblu. Juventus are in party mode after securing their 5th consecutive title two weeks ago and I have no doubt they will win comfortably in this David vs Goliath affair.
Torino vs Napoli
Torino romped to a 1-5 win in Udine as they hope to end the season in a mid-table position after a very poor start. Napoli won at home a week after conceding the league to rivals Juventus. With Roma breathing down their backs for the all imporant second place Sarri’s men still need a win and I reckon they have enough to do so.
Udinese vs Torino
Despite taking an early lead Udinese were beaten 3-1 at the San Siro by a stronger Inter side. Torino were beaten by the same scoreline at home against Sassuolo in what has been a poor season for both these sides. Four points separate these two sides and I am going for a draw.
Chievo vs Fiorentina
Even though they lost to Atalanta on Saturday Chievo have had a much better campaign when compared to previous years and sit 8th in the standings. Fiorentina will feel slightly hard done by refereeing decisions, even though front man Kalinic almost missed a late penalty, as Juventus beat them in Florence. Close game expected but La Viola should have enough to win this.
Juventus vs Carpi
Juventus have won their 5th consecutive Scudetto after closest rivals Napoli lost at the Olimpico kick starting the celebrations for the Old Lady’s squad and supporters. Carpi made the most of their numerical advantage by beating Empoli at home to move three points clear of the bottom three. Despite the hangover Juve should have more than enough to down the visitors.
Milan vs Frosinone
Milan’s dire season continued as they threw away their early lead and eventually succumbed to the pressure of bottom side Verona. Frosinone paid for failing to take their chances as they lost the ‘six point’ battle with fellow strugglers Palermo and are now five points from safety. Home win expected.
Empoli vs Bologna
Empoli struggled in Carpi after playing for over an hour with ten men and were slowly broken down by the home side as their miserable run of form in 2016 continued. Bologna fought hard and can thank front men Giaccherini and Floccari for their brace which saw them move eight points above the drop zone. Neither side has set the world on fire this season and that is why I predict a bore draw.
Palermo vs Sampdoria
Palermo increased their chances of survival after beating Frosinone on their home soil and are now three points from safety. Sampdoria downed Lazio at home to reach the all-important 40 point mark and all but ensure Serie A football next season. I reckon the home side can win this.
Sassuolo vs Verona
Sassuolo did well to come from behind and beat Torino in Turin in what was their 7th away win of the season as the Neroverdi boast the 4th best away record in the Serie A. Despite their moral boasting win over Milan on Monday afternoon Del Neri’s side are technically relegated as they sit 10 points from safety with just three games to go. Home win expected.
Lazio vs Inter
Lazio’s inconsistent season continued as they were beaten by lowly Sampdoria while Inter came from behind to beat Udinese at home and keep their slim chances of Champions League football alive. I expect a close game at the Olimpico and expect a score draw.
Genoa vs Roma
Genoa are another side who will be disappointed with the number of silly points dropped as a slightly better run of form could have easily seen them qualify for Europa League football next season. After beating Napoli on Monday afternoon, Roma moved just two points off second spot while also all but secured a place in the Champions League next Autumn. Close game but the visitors should win this.
Napoli vs Atalanta
Napoli fell at the final hurdle at the Olimpico in what was an exciting game of football as Sarri’s men surrendered the title chase to the reigning champions Juventus and now also risk missing out on an automatic Champions League football next term. Atalanta can thank veteran front man Boriello for his second half strike which saw them earn three points over Chievo and confirm their Serie A status for another season. Napoli to win all the way.
Inter vs Udinese
Only a miracle will secure Inter a place in next years Champions League now as they lost on their travels to Genoa in what was a lackluster performance by Mancini’s men. Udinese have finally seemed to have woken up as they won two of their last four games just in time to avoid a late relegation scrape. Inter must bounce back.
Frosinone vs Palermo
Despite taking an early lead Frosinone could do little to hold a resurgent Chievo team at bay and were eventually pummeled 5-1. Palermo came from behind to hold out for an important point as they try and clamber out of the bottom three. This is a crucial game for both sides and I reckon the home side ca win this.
Atalanta vs Chievo
Atalanta have done just about enough to avoid the drop this season and their fans will be demanding an improvement next year. Chievo have surpassed all expectations and as just a handful of points off Europa League football. Close game expected which will end inf a draw.
Bologna vs Genoa
Bologna were ripped to shreds on their travels to Naples on Tuesday night however remain 6 points clear of the bottom three. Genoa rode their luck and made the most of their opportunities as they surprised Inter at Luigi Ferraris to move to 10th in the standings. Draw expected.
Sampdoria vs Lazio
Sampdoria will be pleased with their hard earned draw at Sassuolo while Lazio fought hard but eventually collapsed after being reduced to ten men at the Juventus Stadium. This will be a close game between two struggling sides which I predict will end in a draw.
Torino vs Sassuolo
Torino were moments away from securing a historic victory at the Olimpico until Roma’s legendary talisman Francesco Totti came off the bench to score two in quick succession to send Il Toro back north empty handed. Sassuolo were held at home by Sampdoria but I believe they can leave Torino with three points.
Fiorentina vs Juventus
Fiorentina’s inconsistent season continued as they lost on their travels in Udine to remain in 5th place. Juventus maintained their nine point lead at the top of the Serie A to all but secure their 5th consecutive Scudetto following a comfortable 3-0 win over Lazio. I reckon La Viola will be up for this and Juve will settle for a point.
Roma vs Napoli
Roma will be grateful to veteran front man Francesco Totti who came off the bench to score two in three minutes and spare his sides blushed, even though it seems he will be shown the door this summer. Napoli thrashed Bologna at home however their season’s target of challenging Juve for the league is all but lost as they lie 9 points behind the league leaders. I reckon an exciting draw is on the cards.
Verona vs Milan
Sitting ten points from safety with just five games to go Verona’s fate is all but sealed in what has been a disastrous season for the Veneto side. Milan were extremely poor as they were held at the San Siro by lowly Carpi in what was a bore draw. With nothing but pride to play for I reckon the home side can hold out for a draw.
Carpi vs Empoli
Carpi moved two points above the drop zone after holding Milan at bay while Empoli did just enough to down a sorry Verona side to consolidate their mid-table position. Carpi are still fighting for their lives and I predict a home win.
Napoli vs Bologna
Napoli’s season has gone up in smoke as they were beaten at the San Siro after failing to take their chances and now trail league leaders Juventus by nine points with just five games to go. Bologna are seven points above the relegation zone and all but safe this year. Home win expected.
Sassuolo vs Sampdoria
Sassuolo were comfortably beaten on their travels to Florence with goalkeeper Consigli what must be considered one of the strangest own goals of all time. Sampdoria fought hard but were eventually undone by a stronger Milan side in what has been a season to forget for La Samp. I am going for a home win.
Chievo vs Frosinone
Chievo were held on their travels to Udine while Frosinone were superb as they downed a poor Verona side 1-2 to keep their themselves within a point from safety. Chievo will fancy their chances.
Empoli vs Verona
Empoli’s disastrous run of form in 2016 continued as they lost to Lazio and slipped further down the standings. Verona will soon be mathematically relegated after losing to fellow strugglers Frosinone and now linger nine points from safety with just five games to go. Bore draw expected.
Genoa vs Inter
Genoa were pummeled on their travels to lowly Carpi in what has been an extremely inconsistent season for the Ligurians while Inter did well to beat second place Napoli at the San Siro, with captain Icardi scoring an early goal and setting up the other just before half time. I reckon the home side will fight hard and Mancini’s men will have to settle for a draw.
Juventus vs Lazio
Juve steamrolled over a toothless Palermo side as Allegri’s men are now just six points away from securing their 5th consecutive title. Lazio beat a poor Empoli at the Olimpico but I reckon the Old Lady will prove too much for them as they start their Scudetto celebrations.
Palermo vs Atalanta
Palermo look to be heading back down to Serie B after being completely overpowered by Juventus in Turin. Atalanta fought hard to come back from a two goal deficit to hold Roma to a draw in what was an exciting 3-3 draw meaning they are now six points above the bottom three. I predict a draw.
Roma vs Torino
Roma will be kicking themselves for letting a two goal lead slip through their fingers as they gave Inter a glimmer of hope of snatching that all important third spot. Torino won on their travels to Bologna in what was just their 11th win of the season in what is a season to forget for Il Toro. Home win expected.
Udinese vs Fiorentina
Udinese are risking their Serie A status after being held at home to Chievo in what has been a dire campaign for the Bianconeri. Fiorentina were relatively solid as they beat Sassuolo at home to keep the pressure on fourth place Inter. I reckon the home side will fight hard but La Viola should have enough to win this.
Milan vs Carpi
Milan won just their first Serie A game in over one and a half months as veteran front man Bacca grabbed a vital second half goal to secure the three points for the Rossoneri. Carpi were superb as they beat Genoa 4-1 to keep themselves just above the drop zone in what will be a tantalizing month of football for the Carpi fateful. I am backing newly appointed coach Brocchi to win his second game at the helm.
Bologna vs Torino
Bologna rode their luck and frustrated a blunt Roma side at the Olimpico while Torino beat Atalanta despite being outplayed for long spells as both sides all but secure Serie A football for another term. Just two points separate these teams and I reckon the visitors can hold out for a draw.
Carpi vs Genoa
Carpi were minutes away from securing a crucial point on their travels to Chievo but their efforts were undone by a late strike from veteran Pellissier while Genoa surprisingly beat an in form Sassuolo at the Mapei stadium. Close game expected but I reckon the visitors can win this.
Inter vs Napoli
Looking back Inter will be kicking themselves for dropping so many silly points this season, which could ultimately cost them third place. Mancini’s side are caught between a rock and hard place when Napoli visit the San Siro on Saturday night as a win will help their slim chances of third place but will also all but secure the 5th consecutive Scudetto for arch rivals Juventus. Napoli go into the game without front man Higuain still serving a suspension for some naughty behaviour a few weeks ago. I expect a thrilling score draw.
Atalanta vs Roma
With eight points dividing Atalanta from the bottom three they will feel safe from the drop but I am sure would prefer to add a few more points to their name in the last few weeks of football while Roma remain six points clear in third place after being held by Bologna in Rome. Spalletti’s side looked sluggish on Monday evening but I predict an away win for them.
Fiorentina vs Sassuolo
Fiorentina lost on their travels to Empoli in what was only the home side’s second win of the 2016 as La Viola all but fall out of the race for third place. Sassuolo’s Europa League prospects took a slight dent on Saturday afternoon as they were beaten at home by Genoa despite dominating possession. This is a must win for the home side.
Verona vs Frosinone
Languishing six points at the bottom Verona were pummeled on their travels to Naples as the side from Veneto look all but certain to be playing Serie B football next term. Frosinone could be joining Delneri’s men as they were beaten by Inter at home however a few points can easily change the Roman’s fortunes. Close one to call but I predict an away win.
Juventus vs Palermo
Juventus’ second half domination proved too much for a struggling Milan side which saw the reigning champions maintain their six point lead at the top and also the end of Mihajlovic’s stint in charge of the Rossoneri. Palermo were pummeled in Sicily by a superior Lazio side meaning they remain among the bottom three.
Udinese vs Chievo
Sitting just six points above the relegation zone Udinese are having a season to forget especially when compared to the side that use to give all the big guns a run for their money just a couple of seasons back. Chievo beat strugglers Carpi to maintain their slim chances of Europa League football next season. I predict a draw.
Lazio vs Empoli
Lazio bounced back from their derby defeat with an important 0-3 in Palermo with striker Klose grabbing an early brace. Empoli won just their second game this year by shocking Fiorentina. Home win expected.
Sampdoria vs Milan
Sampdoria fans must be relishing the end of the season in what has been a dreadful campaign for what is normally a solid team. Milan fans are in a similar position as they were beaten by eternal rivals Juventus on the weekend, following which Mihajlovic was sacked and was immediately replaced with former player Brocchi. I am backing a draw.
Frosinone vs Inter
Frosinone were smashed on their travels to Genoa while Inter threw the game away after having two players sent off and losing 1-2 to Torino at the San Siro. Both sides cannot afford to drop more points for their own reasons and I reckon the home side can hold out for a draw.
Chievo vs Carpi
Chievo lumped further misery on Sicilian side Palermo who remain among the bottom three while Chievo will likely finish in the top half of the table in what has been a good season for Rolando Maran’s side. Carpi failed to take their chance and distance themselves from the relegation zone as they lost at home to a stronger Sassuolo. Home win expected.
Sassuolo vs Genoa
Both these sides go into Gameweek 32 on the back of impressive victories, with the home side winning comfortably in Carpi and Genoa brushing aside a disorganized Palermo squad. This should be an entertaining game of football and I reckon the home side can win this.
Milan vs Juventus
After taking an early lead Milan still lost out to Atalanta in Bergamo as their unsettled season with Mihajlovic continued. Juventus did just enough to beat Empoli and extend their lead at the top of the Serie A to six points. Tough one to call but Juve should have enough to win this.
Empoli vs Fiorentina
Empoli put on a brave performance at the Juventus Stadium to be undone by a lone Mandzukic strike while Fiorentina dropped two vital points against a ten man Sampdoria side. La Viola have not been very consistent in recent weeks and I predict a score draw.
Napoli vs Verona
Napoli collapsed on their travels to Udinese as Higuain was unable to come to his sides’ rescue as they were and was eventually sent off for unsportsmanlike behavior as his frustration overwhelmed him. Against all odds Verona beat a strong Bologna side on their travels but it might be too little too late for Delneri’s side. Home win expected.
Sampdoria vs Udinese
Both sides are coming off unexpected results as Sampdoria held on for a point in Florence while Udinese all but ended Napoli’s title chances after beating the Southerner’s 3-1 in the North of Italy. These once formidable and proud teams are having seasons to forget and will be longing for the summer break to restructure and plan for a better year in 2016/17 and they will both settle for a draw.
Torino vs Atalanta
Torino showed rare signs of determination this season as they survived the storm and came back from a goal down to beat Inter at the San Siro while Atalanta performed a comeback of their own over the other squad from Milan. Both sitting on 36 points they are both almost guaranteed safety in what will be a season to forget.
Palermo vs Lazio
Despite changing coaches Palermo find themselves in even more trouble as they slumped into the bottom three a few weeks ago and at this rate will struggle to climb back out. Lazio were humiliated in front of their home crowd against eternal city rivals Roma as their poor season continues. The Sicilians will fancy their chances but I predict a draw.
Roma vs Bologna
Following a fantastic derby win over rivals Lazio Spalletti’s Roma side climbed seven points clear in 3rd place to all but secure Champions League football next season. Bologna remained among the lower part of the table after losing to lowly Verona. Home win expected.
Carpi vs Sassuolo
For the first time in over six months Carpi climbed out of the bottom three albeit on goal difference after a crucial win in Verona just before the International break. Sassuolo’s maintained their chances of Europa League football next season after coming from behind to earn a point at home over Udinese. I predict a close game which will end in a draw.
Juventus vs Empoli
Juventus were once again involved in another controversial game as a number of refereeing decisions were adjudged to go their way as they beat local rivals Torino to remain three points above second place Napoli. Empoli continued to slide down the table after being held by lowly Palermo as their disastrous run of form in 2016 continues. Comfortable home win expected.
Udinese vs Napoli
Udinese did well to snatch a point over a tough Sassuolo side however are now just three points above the relegation zone meaning the once mighty Udinese risk falling down to Serie B next season. Napoli will be thanking front man Higuain as they avoided a shock draw with Genoa to maintain a three point difference from league leaders Juventus. The visitors should win this.
Atalanta vs Milan
Despite having less possession Atalanta were more clinical in front of goal as they beat Bologna 2-0 to move five points above the bottom three. Milan were frustrated when Lazio visited the San Siro in the last game of Gameweek 30 and are now six points behind local rivals Inter in 6th place. I reckon the home side can hold out for a draw.
Chievo vs Palermo
Chievo scored early and rode their luck for the rest of the game as they secured three important away points over struggling Sampdoria while Palermo have now dropped into the relegation zone despite holding drawwing in Empoli in what has been a disastrous season for the Sicilians. A home win will give Chievo a fighting chance for Europa League football.
Fiorentina vs Sampdoria
Fiorentina were left frustrated in Gameweek 30 after being held to a draw by lowly Frosinone in Rome as they failed to make the most of both Inter and Roma dropping points in the battle for third spot. Sampdoria were unfortunate to lose against Chievo as their poor season continues and they look likely to get dragged into the relegation scrape. Home win is a must for La Viola.
Genoa vs Frosinone
Genoa’s form has improved in the past few months however the side from Liguria remain just six points above the bottom three after leaving Napoli empty handed in Gameweek 30. In what has been a long and hard season for Frosinone the Serie A newcomers’ form has improved in 2016 and they are now just one point from safety. The visitors are a tough nut to crack and that’s why I predict a draw.
Lazio vs Roma
Compared to last season Lazio have struggled to hit top form but will be pleased with the point picked up at the San Siro after Milan slipped up. Roma were frustrated by the other side from Milan as Inter took an early second half lead only for Spalletti’s men to score a late equaliser maintaining their five point advantage for third place. I predict an exciting score draw.
Inter vs Torino
Mancini’s side continue to improve, after a poor run of form in February, as they snatched a point from the Olimpico to keep their hopes of Champions League football alive. Torino were left frustrated in the Turin derby as a number of refereeing decisions went against them and they eventually lost 1-4 to Juventus. This is a must win for the Nerazzurri.
Bologna vs Verona
Bologna will be delighted with their fantastic run of form which saw them climb steadily up the table and are now eight points above the bottom three. A win on Monday night over bottom side Verona should all but secure another season of top flight football for the Rossblu. Home win expected.
Empoli vs Palermo
Empoli’s terrible run of form in 2016 continued as they were held at home by Sampdoria in what was a balanced affair. Palermo were outplayed by a superior Napoli side at they sit just one point of the bottom three. Home win expected.
Roma vs Inter
Roma have hit a superb run of form ever since Spalletti returned to the helm and they are now five points clear of their two nearest rivals, one of which is Inter, seeking to secure that all important third place Champions League spot. Inter have also improved in recent weeks however it might not be enough to threaten the high flying home side. I predict a home win.
Atalanta vs Bologna
Atalanta’s recent dip in form means that they are slowly slipping closer to the relegation zone while Bologna are very close to securing the 40 points normally considered enough to ensure another year of Serie A football. I reckon the home side will do enough to hold out for a draw.
Frosinone vs Fiorentina
Frosinone were beaten by fellow Serie A newcomers Carpi in what was a crucial game in the relegation battle which has taken a new twist as both these sides are now edging closer to safety after 6 months scrapping at the the bottom end of the standings. Fiorentina will be kicking themselves after allowing bottom side Verona secure a late draw reducing their chances of Champions League football next season. I reckon the home side can further frustrate La Viola.
Verona vs Carpi
Both these sides picked up important points last weekend, with Verona scoring a late equalizer in Florence while Carpi will be delighted with the ‘six-points’ picked up over 18th place Frosinone to move just two points to safety. A crucial game for both sides which I predict will end in a draw.
Sampdoria vs Chievo
Sampdoria were held on their travels to Empoli while Chievo will be pleased after holding Milan to a goalless draw. Just three points separate these two sides who have struggled this season as they look to secure Serie A football for another year as soon as possible. I reckon a bore draw is on the cards.
Sassuolo vs Udinese
Sassuolo have developed into a force to be reckoned with as they now look to qualify for Europa League football they spent their first few seasons in the Serie A staving off relegation. It seems as though the tables have turned as Udinese, once able to challenge all the big guns, linger just a handful of points above the bottom three. Home win expected.
Torino vs Juventus
Torino threw away an early two goal lead to eventually lose out in Genoa in a five goal thriller while Juventus maintained their steady march towards their fifth consecutive Scudetto. Allegri’s men will want to bounce back immediately after their dramatic elimination from the Champions League on Wednesday night and I am backing them to win the Turin derby.
Napoli vs Genoa
Napoli did well to grind out a slim 0-1 win in Siciliy as the long season takes it’s toll on Sarri’s squad who aim to push Juventus to the very end in the hope of securing their first league title in over 20 years. Genoa are eight points above the bottom three after their impressive comeback over Torino. Home win expected.
Milan vs Lazio
Milan’s inconsistency is probably their biggest downfall this season however there have definitely been some signs of improvement since Mihajlovic took over last summer. Lazio were humiliated by Sparta Prague at the Olimpico on Thursday evening to be dumped out of the Europa League as their poor season continued. Great chance for the Rossoneri to get back to winning ways.
Juventus vs Sassuolo
As predicted Juventus proved too much for a battling Atalanta side to maintain their three point lead over 2nd place Napoli while Sassuolo’s good run of form continued as they outwitted Milan at the Mapei Stadium. Allegri’s men will have the second leg of the Champions League in mind however they should still prove too strong for the visitors.
Empoli vs Sampdoria
After a superb run of form in the first half of the season Empoli just can’t seem to find their feet in 2016 as they have won just one Serie A and they slowly start sliding down the standings. Sampdoria were clinical as they knocked three past a struggling Verona side to provide some breathing room above the bottom three. Close one to call but I reckon a draw is on the cards.
Inter vs Bologna
While not rock solid at the back Inter were efficient in front of goal as they downed a struggling Palermo side 3-1 at the San Siro to remain five points away from the all important third place Champions League spot. Bologna will be kicking themselves after allowing a weak Carpi side to leave the Renato Dall’Ara with a point. This is another must win for Mancini’s side.
Chievo vs Milan
Despite taking an early lead Chievo were ultimately undone by a superior Napoli side while Milan were outplayed by an in form Sassuolo side. The Rossoneri are fighting hard to secure Europa League football however I reckon the home side will hold out for a draw.
Carpi vs Frosinone
Carpi will be pleased with the hard earned point in Bologna meaning they are now five points from safety while Frosinone’s clinical finishing was the difference as they beat Udinese 2-0 in Rome to move just a point from safety. This is a crucial game for these Serie A newcomers who are both fighting for survival and I predict an exciting draw.
Fiorentina vs Verona
Fiorentina stood little chance on their travels to Rome as they were comfortably beaten 4-1 after the home side rushed into a 3-0 first half lead. Verona were also comfortably beaten on their home soil by a more organised Sampdoria side, leaving Verona 9 points from safety at the bottom of the standings.
Genoa vs Torino
A lone Rigoni goal gifted Genoa with three vital points as the side from Liguria look to secure Serie A football for next season sooner rather then later. Torino’s front man Immobile missed a first half penalty and his team eventually paid the price as Lazio scored a late equaliser to deny Il Toro three vital points. I reckon the home side can win this.
Udinese vs Roma
Despite a number of good performances Udinese were undone by a more efficient Frosinone side and are now just 4 points from safety. Roma swept aside Fiorentina to the delight of the home crowd as Spalletti’s men push to secure the vital third spot in the table. Considering Roma’s tough mid-week fixture at the Bernabeau the home side will fancy their chances of holding out for a draw.
Lazio vs Atalanta
Lazio fought back in Turin to earn an important point as Pioli’s men look to salvage what has been a disappointed season for the Biancocelesti. Despite a good fight Atalanta failed to really test a superior Juventus side and will need to improve drastically unless they are to avoid a relegation scrap come May. The home side should have enough to win this.
Palermo vs Napoli
Palermo continue to struggle as they were downed at the San Siro by a better Inter side meaning the Siclians have now been dragged into the relegation fight as they are now just one point above the bottom three. Napoli came from behind to win 3-1 against Chievo to maintain their chase over league leaders Juventus. Visitors should win this over their Southern rivals.