Lazio vs Juventus
Lazio were eventual winners in Atalanta following a seven goal thriller in which new front man Immobile grabbed an early debut goal. Juventus’ new star signing Higuain also made an instant impact scoring the winner over rivals Fiorentina to get the champions off to a winning start. I expect a close game but reckon Juve’s superior defense should ensure they leave Rome with three points.
Napoli vs Milan
Napoli’s blushes were sparred thanks to a double by Belgian front man Dries Mertens as they conceded two first half goals against newly promoted Pescara. Milan were quite fortunate to beat Torino in a thrilling game which ended 3-2, mainly due to a Bacca hat trick. I predict a home win.
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Inter vs Palermo
Inter have started off on the wrong foot after losing 2-0 to a much more organised Chievo side. Frank De Boer’s side seem to have a long way to go if they are going to challenge for Champions League football come May. Palermo were beaten 0-1 at home by a better Sassuolo side as the Sicilians seem to be in for a long, tough season. I cannot see anything but a home win.
Cagliari vs Roma
Despite taking the lead mid-way through the second half the Cagliari were unable to hold back a late Genoa surge and ended up losing 3-1. Even though Roma looked rather lackluster in the first half, they came flying out of the blocks in the second, scoring four unanswered goals to get off to a flying start. The Sardinians will put up a fight but Spalletti’s side should win this.
Crotone vs Genoa
Crotone will be kicking themselves after conceding a late Destro goal to leave Bologna empty handed. Genoa came from behind to snatch all three points and get their season off to a flyer. The Ligurians must be at their best when they face the Serie A newcomers on Sunday as they make the long journey South.
Fiorentina vs Chievo
Some can argue that Fiorentina were Juventus’ equal on Saturday evening and if it were not for the late Higuain strike La Viol a would have left Turin with a point. Sousa will demand an immediate response when his side face Chievo, fresh from an impressive 2-0 win over Inter. I reckon this will be a close game but the home side should win.
Sampdoria vs Atalanta
Star front man Muriel grabbed the lone goal to secure three vital points for his side on their trip to Empoli while a double from Yannick Kessie was not enough as Atalanta lost 3-4 in a real thriller against Lazio. This will be a close game which I predict will end in a home victory.
Sassuolo vs Pescara
After a great win last season Sassuolo got off to a winning start thanks to a first half Berardi penalty. Di Francesco will demand maximum concentration from his side as they look to make easy pickings of newcomers Pescara who bravely kept Napoli at bay.
Torino vs Bologna
Torino were a penalty away from leaving Milan with a point however front man Belotti was unable to score a convert the late spot kick. Bologna made the most of their limited chances to earn a late win over newcomers Crotone. My money is on a home win.
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Udinese vs Empoli
After surviving a first half onslaught Udinese’s defense crumbled in the second half as a relentless Roma attack knocked four past their frustrated goalkeeper Karnezis to lose 4-0 at the Olimpico. Empoli were frustrated when a more organised Sampdoria side snatched all three points, the frustration clearly showing with veteran front man seeing red late on. I am going for a bore draw.
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Serie A – Just one week to go!
All eyes will be on Juventus for the next few weeks after their star box-to-box midfielder Paul Pogba was sold to Manchester United for a world record fee of €105M. The question will now be how Allegri will use the likes of Pjanic, Marchisio and Khedira to fill the gap left by the Frechman. The Serie Champions have had a good summer with the likes of Higuain, Benatia and Pjanic strengthening the squad and have also done well in the pre-season friendlies, beating the likes of Tottenham Hotspurs and West Ham. Their more recent friendly ended in an exciting 2-2 draw against Espanyol with Dybala and Mandzukic grabbing the goals. Tonight they face German side Koln in what will be their last real test before the league start.
Second and Third
Despite the departure of front man Higuain, Napoli have had a positive preseason scoring 21 goals in the 5 games they have played to date, albeit against a lot of minnows. Manager Maurizio Sarri has one week left of tinkering before they travel to Pescara as they try and challenge The Old Lady for the Scudetto, which has eluded them since the days of Maradona.
Roma have been pipped to finish second by the bookies even though they will definitely miss the quality of midfielder Pjanic. The Romans most impressive preseason victory coming against Liverpool in an exciting 2-1 win with Salah and Dzeko grabbing the goals. Spalletti has his work cut out for him as he looks to keep up with Juventus in the race for the title.
The rest of the pack
You can sense a more positive attitude in yesterday’s friendly win over Scottish champions Celtic as Frank de Boer looks to dispel all the preseason problems in the Inter camp. Candreva scored a beauty late on and the Inter fans will undoubtedly be expecting great things from the Italian wingman.
Vincenzo Montella could be just the man Milan need to revive their hopes of breaking into the top three despite a lack of big name signings. Their light schedule this season might give the Rossoneri the edge over their closest rivals even though they were disappointing during the summer friendlies versus the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
Roma vs Udinese
Roma have had a busy summer replenishing their ranks ahead of the upcoming season which includes Champions League football. Coach Spalletti has so far brought in the likes of Salah and El Shaarawy upfront, with Fazio, Juan Jesus and Rudiger expected to shore up the back line. Despite losing key midfielder Pjanic the Romans will expect to atleast secure a top three finish. Following a poor campaign last year, in which Udinese finished just one point above the relegation zone, the club already has signed six players, mainly attacking minded. This might be another tough season for Iachini’s side who were once a force to be reckon with in the Serie A.
Juventus vs Fiorentina
Reigning champions Juventus have had a very positive summer market, with the likes of Higuain, Pjanic, Benatia, Dani Alves and Pjaca all brought in to further boast their Champions League prospects are they hunt for this elusive trophy, the club has not won in 20 years. Allegri will feel confident he has enough depth in his squad to guide his side to their sixth consecutive Scudetto especially considering how they have depleted their closest rivals of arguably their best player respectively. Fiorentina have had a quiet summer and I expect a few more signings before the close of the transfer window as Montella looks to push his side closer to a top three finish.
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Milan vs Torino
Once a European powerhouse, Milan have been reduced to a mid-table Serie A side after a number of years of poor investment and planning by the Rossoneri hierarchy. To date the club have not signed a single player and a Chinese buy-out might just might provide the club with much needed funds and spare the fans another tough season. Torino maintained their mid-table status last season, as the club looks to slowly but surely challenge for a better finish come May. The addition of Falque and Ljajic will certainly bolster their front line and I reckon they can give this Milan side some problems.
Atalanta vs Lazio
Atalanta had a season to forgot as they finished just seven points above the bottom three thanks to a late surge of positive results very late on in the year. Lazio were also extremely inconsistent last term, winning a few surprise encounters against sides above them in the standings but also dropping far too many points versus the minnows. Both sides will approach this game cautiously and will settle for a point.
Bologna vs Crotone
Bologna will be fairly pleased with their Serie A survival last season after being promoted in 2015 and will look to improve further this season. The Rossolu couldn’t have asked for an easier start against newly promoted Crotone, who although have brought in a few reinforcements in the likes of youth loanees and fringe players from larger clubs. I reckon they will struggle initially until they find their feet with the big boys.
Chievo vs Inter
Chievo punched well above their weight last season by finished among the top half of the table and will hope they have done enough over the summer to strengthen their squad. Inter have had a fairly decent transfer market but have might be facing a crisis in management as Mancini looks likely to be shown the door just a few days before their first Serie A game, with Frank De Boer his likely replacement. Mancini’s departure, after a month of tension with the club directors, might definitely entice Chievo to fight out for a draw.
Empoli vs Sampdoria
After a superb start to their season Empoli lost momentum after the Christmas break, however their early season form was enough to ensure an outstanding 8th place finish. The same cannot be said for Sampdoria, who until a few years ago were a force to be reckoned with but have lost almost all of their boasting rights after finishing just two points above the relegation zone last term. Both sides have brought in a handful of reinforcements each, however I predict the homeside can win this.
Genoa vs Cagliari
Genoa’s will probably be happy with their mid-table position and have signed no less than five players over the summer to further boast their prospects this season. After being relegated two seasons ago Cagliari came straight back into the Serie A after winning the lower division. The Sardinians also signed five players during the close season as they look to retain their top flight status this term.
Pescara vs Napoli
Pescara are back in the Serie A after a number of years in the lower division however I reckon the players signed to date lack the quality to ensure survival in Italy’s top flight. Napoli lost their star front man Higuain to rivals Juventus as they hope Giaccherini will provide enough creative spark to make up for the goals the Argentinian used to provide. The Southerners once again failed to win the elusive Scudetto after failing to keep the pace with eventual winners Juventus. This is a must win for the visitors.
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Palermo vs Sassuolo
Finishing just a point above the bottom three, and only because of a late positive run of form, Palermo will be hoping for a much better campaign this time around and Sassuolo will be a tough opening round test for the Sicilians. Sassuolo qualified for the Europa League last season, quite a feat considering their debut season in the Serie A was just four years ago. Palermo is a tough place to visit but I reckon the visitors can win this.
Serie A – A new season approaches
After an exciting summer of Euro Cup football the Serie A is finally back and no one is more excited than our team of pundits at mrbigwin.com.
It has been a fairly quiet transfer market for most of the teams, except league leaders Juventus, which goes to show the desperate investment and organization required, before the Serie A can compete again with the likes of La Liga and The Premier League.
Reigning champions Juventus look set to win their sixth successive Scudetto after an extremely positive transfer market to date, including star front man Higuain from Napoli, superstar wingback Dani Alves on a free transfer and also hot midfield maestro Pjanic from rivals Roma. Higuain has been the centre of alot of ‘fat jokes’ since he joined his new Juve colleagues a few weeks ago, seeming to have put on quite a belly over the summer break. They have added a lot of quality in depth to their squad but also weakened nearest rivals in the process. After over a month of endless rumors it seems that Paul Pogba has moved for a world record transfer fee to Manchester United, a saga which has captured the football world’s attention for most of the summer. Considering the reinforcements brought in Juventus are looking like favorites already.
Second and Third
Napoli finished second last season after failing to maintain the level of consistency required to keep up with The Old Lady. The Partnepoi last their star front man Higuain after Juventus matched the release clause fee and now have just under one month to replace their former hitman. Despite signing Giaccherini, who will undoubtedly add a lot of creativity in the middle of the park, the side from the South desperately need reinforcements or seriously risk losing out of Champions League football this upcoming season.
The Giallorossi have brought in a number of key reinforcements as they try to challenge Juventus for the long awaited Scudetto. These include lightning fast winger Salah from Chelsea, striker El Shaarawy who had a positive spell on loan last season as well as defenders Juan Jesus, Fazio and Rudiger. Luciano Spalletti worked wonders on his return to the capital half way through last season and will hope that his side can hit top form immediately in order to keep up with Juventus, despite the departure of star midfielder Pjanic.
The rest of the pack
Finishing fourth last season, there we definite improvements even since Mancini took over however many Inter fans will complain about some of the poor transfer and tactical decisions made by the tactician, also currently on his second spell with the Nerazzurri. Following the partial takeover of the club by Chinese giants Suning however to date they have had to work their way around FFP meaning only Candreva has been signed from Lazio while former attacking midfielder Banega moved on a free transfer in June. The pressure is really mounting on Mancini to qualify for Champions League football, however with the added distraction of Europa League, this might prove too much for the side from Milan. Further to the above in the past days Mancini’s contract was terminated by mutual consent and was replaced by Dutchman Frank De Boer. Inter still hope to sign J0ao Mario and have also been linked with Insigne from Napoli and Gabriel Almeida from Brazilian side Santos.
Fiorentina ended what could be considered a positive season in 5th place, as a congested fixture schedule and lengthy injury list took their toll on Montella’s side. La Viola have made just three relatively unknown signings which should be enough to fend off nearest rivals Sassuolo, Milan and Lazio who have had relatively quiet summer. Following what was undoubtedly a great season for Sassuolo, who finished 6th and secured Europa League football, we believe they have not yet done enough to bolster their ranks and compete in both the Serie A and European front, in what might be a tough season for them.
Milan have acquired the services of Argentinian left back Leonel Vangioni, Paraguayan centre back Gustavo Raúl Gómez and forward Gianluca Lapadula. Once Europe’s mightiest side Milan continue to struggle in modern times under the unsturdy management of Galliani, once perceived to be a top transfer guru and invaluable club director. I reckon the Rossoneri are in for another tough season unless they can strengthen their squad in a number of departments. The side that finished 8th last season have so far signed Italian front man Immobile, following an unsuccessful spell in Spain, as they fancy their chances of qualifying for European football next season. In recent days Berlusconi has announced that he has agreed to sell his majority stake in AC Milan to a Chinese consortium, who hope to revive the Rossoneri’s ambitions.
Even though Juve will most likely retain their title, I expect a very tightly fought battle among the sides hovering directly beneath them who are all eyeing for the all important Champions League spots as well as the consolatory Europa League places.
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.