Fiorentina vs Genoa
Fiorentina took an early lead and then dominated possession for most of the encounter only to concede three in a late Torino fightback. La Viola face a Genoa side fresh from an important 2-0 win over Verona following their opening week loss. Paulo Sousa’s men will need to bounce back immediately in order to keep in touch with the top of the table sides.
Frosinone vs Roma
Frosinone were swept aside by fellow relegation candidates Atalanta as the Serie A newcomers struggle to find their feet in top flight football. Roma put on a superb display as they downed reigning champions Juventus in Rome in what is a historic victory for Rudi Garcia’s side. I predict that the Romans will continue where they left off against Juventus with a win over city rivals Frosinone.
Juventus vs Chievo
By their usual standards Juventus have had a very poor start to their season and coach Allegri will need all his experience to settle his side after the departure of key players Vidal, Pirlo and Tevez over the summer. Chievo were superb as they swept aside Lazio in front of their home crowd and now sit top of the standings following their fantastic start to the season. Chievo are not pushovers however I am backing the Old Lady to collect their first three points of the season.
Verona vs Torino
Verona were comfortably beaten in Genoa as Mandorlini’s side look to avoid a relegation scrape next May by gathering as many points early on in the season. Torino will be delighted with their second half display as they fought back to beat a strong Fiorentina in Turin. Coach Ventura will be pushing his men for European football next season however I think they will have to settle for a draw in Verona.
Empoli vs Napoli
Despite fighting hard at the San Siro Empoli had no answer to Milan’s stronger attacking front line and they have yet to win a single point so far this season. Napoli squandered an early Higuain double to allow Sampdoria back into the game and drop even more points at this early stage of the season. Even though on paper Napoli are a stronger side, I reckon Empoli will have enough to hold out for a draw.
Lazio vs Udinese
Despite an opening day win the Biancocelesti were quickly brought back down to earth after being pummeled in Chievo. Pioli has a tough job on his hands after his side failed to qualify for the Champions League in August. After a surprise win over Juventus in Torino in the opening round, Udinese were beaten on their home soil by Palermo as they look to improve on last years poor season. I am backing the home side to win this.
Palermo vs Carpi
Palermo will be delighted with the start to their campaign following two good wins on the trot and the Sicilians will be hoping for another three points over Serie A newcomers Carpi. The visitors were moments away from grabbing their first point until they conceded a late penalty. Carpi are going to have a tough time in Sicily and I am predicting a comfortable home win.
Sampdoria vs Bologna
La Samp have had a good start to their season and will be delighted with their comeback in Naples, thanks to an Eder double. New boss Walter Zenga will be pushing his men to repeat last season’s heroics and qualify for the Europa League. Bologna are another one of the newcomers struggling to find their feet in the Serie A, even though the club has some experience of top flight football. I am backing the home side to win.
Sassuolo vs Atalanta
Sassuolo have got off to a flying start this year, with their second win on the trot coming on their travels to Bologna with striker Floro Flores scoring a late winner. Atalanta downed newcomers Frosinone to earn their first three points of the season as the Nerazzuri look to avoid a relegation scrape come May. I reckon the home side have enough to win this.
Inter vs Milan
Without a doubt the most anticipated fixture following the International break is the Derby Della Madonina, which sees the city rivals of Milan fight it out for three important points and local bragging rights. Inter undoubtedly had the better transfer market over the summer, however the Rossoneri have a formidable attack in the likes of Bacca and Luiz Adriano. I predict a tight encounter but reckon Mancini’s side have just enough to win this.
Juventus vs Napoli
What a week it’s been for Juventus, not only did they qualify for the Champions League final but a second string side also beat Inter at the San Siro. Benitez’s men squeezed past relegated Casena in a slim 3-2 home win as his squad continue to struggle. Allegri might chose to rest some men after the Coppa Italia final however I reckon they still have enough to down this struggling Napoli team.
Genoa vs Inter
Genoa’s superb season continued as they came back from a goal down to win 1-4 in Atalanta and are very close to securing Europa League football. Once again a series of defensive blunders saw Inter lose out to eternal rivals Juventus and now need a miracle to qualify for Europa League next season. This will be a close game and considering both these’s side form I reckon a a home win is on the cards.
Empoli vs Sampdoria
Empoli survived the drop this term thanks to a number of good performances and will hope to improve further next season. Sampdoria are on a fine run of form and even though they were beaten by a better Lazio side on Saturday evening remain in the hunt for Europa League football. Considering what is at stake for the visitors, I reckon Mihajlovic’s side can win this.
Cesena vs Cagliari
Both these sides have been relegated from the Serie A following a disappointing season and are playing for nothing but pride on Sunday afternoon. I predict a pretty dull encounter between these two, dispirited sides.
Chievo vs Atalanta
Chievo were downed on their travels to Torino while Atalanta were unable to hold off an attacking Genoa side. The home side can thank a improvement in 2015 for their survival while Atalanta are looking like a shadow of their former-selves, a side who until recent seasons were giving even the big guns a run for their money. I predict the home side have enough to win this.
Lazio vs Roma
What is already a hotly contested fixture between these local rivals, has an added incentive this year, as both teams from Rome go head to head for the last two remaining Champions League spots. Lazio have probably been the surprise package of the season climbing steadily up the table in 2015. Roma on the contrary have been shocking since the Christmas break, and despite a superb start, quickly fell behind runaway winners Juventus. Considering the home side’s better recent form, I am backing Lazio to win this.
Palermo vs Fiorentina
Despite being outplayed in Sardinia Palermo showed enough character to wear off the home sides threats to win 0-1. Fiorentina bounced back from their humiliating Europa League semi-final elimination in a 3-0 home win over lowly Parma. I predict a score draw is on the cards.
Parma vs Verona
Even though Parma pulled up their socks and registered a number of positive results over the past few months, their off field troubles proved too much for Donadoni’s men. Verona have done enough to secure a mid-table position this season, however I am positive that Mandorlini will aim to bolster his ranks in the summer break. With Parma all but down and out Verona are favorites to win this.
Udinese vs Sassuolo
Despite taking an early lead Udinese were unable to hold off a determined Roma side at the Olimpico and will have to settle for a bottom half of the table finish, in what has been a dire season for Stramacioni’s squad. Sassuolo are just a couple of points above le Zebrette in the standings and will be pleased with their season considering last term they were so avoided relegation with just a few weeks to spare. I predict a close game between these sides who could both do with three points.
Milan vs Torino
Milan were downed by a superb Berardi hat-trick in the early Sunday afternoon fixture. Inzaghi’s men ended the game with nine men in what has been a season to forget for the Rossoneri. Torino comfortably downed Chievo on their home soil, however have not done enough to qualify for Europa League this season. This will be a close encounter between a struggling Milan side and a tough Torino side at the San Siro.
Inter vs Juventus
Inter can consider themselves lucky after playing against a nine man Lazio side for over 45 minutes and struggled to create chances. The Nerazzurri squandered a number of chances, including a penalty, before finally finding a late winner through Brazilian Hernanes. A second string Juventus side were held in Turin by a Cagliari side, who despite the point require a miracle to stay in the Serie A. Allegri’s men have a tough Champions League tie in Madrid and I predict an exciting score draw is on the cards.
Sampdoria vs Lazio
Sampdoria put on superb display to down a poor Udinese side on Sunday afternoon as Mihajlovic’s men look to secure Europa League football next season. Despite putting up a great fight Lazio were unable to hold off Inter and missed a golden oppurtunity to leapfrog city rivals Roma to second place. This will be a close game and considering both these’s side form I reckon an away win is on the cards.
Sassuolo vs Milan
The Sassuolo faithful will be delighted with their teams fighting spirit after they came back from two goals down to win 2-3 over Cesena. Milan will be equally pleased with Saturday nights home win over second placed Roma in what was their first win in their last six Serie A fixtures. Sassuolo are not an easy side to beat on their home soil and I reckon they have enough to hold the Rossoneri.
Atalanta vs Genoa
Atalanta are just one point away from safety with three games to go following their impressive away win over Palermo in Sicily while Genoa have maintained their hunt for a 7th place finish with an impressive 5-1 home win over Torino on Monday night. Fresh from their impressive win I predict an away win.
Cagliari vs Palermo
Cagliari fought hard to earn a late draw at the Juventus stadium, however it proved not to be enough for the Sardinians who now need a miracle to avoid the drop. It has been a positive return back to the Serie A for Palermo whose superb home form has helped them maintain a mid-table position throughout the entire season. I predict the home side have enough to win this, to at least give their fans something to cheer about before they are inevitably relegated.
Verona vs Empoli
Verona fought hard in an exciting 2-2 draw with local rivals Chievo, with all four goals coming in the first forty minutes of play. Veteran striker scored another important goal for his side and now sits just one goal off top spot in the top scorers standings, behind Argentine Tevez. Despite a brave performance, Empoli were unable to keep a dominant Fiorentina side at bay, with Ilicic scoring a brace. This will be a close encounter but I predict the home side can win this.
Torino vs Chievo
What can only be described as a superb season for Torino turned slightly sour on Monday night as they were humiliated in Genoa in a 5-1 drubbing to all but lose out of Europa League football next season. Chievo were held on their home soil in the local derby with Verona to remain in a comfortable mid-table spot. I predict Torino will bounce back in style this weekend.
Roma vs Udinese
Roma’s poor run of form continued on Saturday evening as they were soundly beaten at the San Siro by a more determined Milan side. Despite a number of positive performances Udinese were embarrassed in front of their home crowd in a 1-4 defeat. Garcia’s side really have faded away in 2015 and desperately need to win in order to secure a Champions League spot for next season.
Fiorentina vs Parma
Despite a congested fixture list Fiorentina have done well to remain in the hunt for Europa League football next season, even though they will most likely be knocked out in the semi-finals this Thursday night. La Viola won on their travels to Empoli last weekend, while Parma fought hard to frustrate Napoli, even if it is a little too late for the Tardini outfit. I predict a home win for Montella’s side.
Napoli vs Cesena
Napoli will be kicking themselves for once again slipping up to lowly Parma on Sunday afternoon to remain three points behind third place Lazio in their hunt for Champions League football next season. After only winning four games during the entire season to date, Cesena have now been mathematically relegated to the lower division after losing to Sassuolo. I predict a comfortable home win for Benitez’s side on Monday night.