Empoli Vs Cagliari
Both these sides were involved in hard fought draws in Gameweek 7. The home side scored a late equaliser to leave Genoa with a point while Cagliari made the most of their numerical advantage to comeback from two goals down to hold a tough Sampdoria side to a draw. Considering their recent promotion to Serie A, Empoli are proving to be a pretty solid outfit and I am backing them to win this.
Parma Vs Sassuolo
Saturday’s mid-afternoon fixture sees the two bottom Serie A sides facing off in what is a critical game for Parma, who having been such a formidable side last season, have been extremely poor so far this campaign. Sassuolo seem to be in for another tough after a long relegation fight last year, when they survived the drop on the last day. I am backing the home side to win this and collect just their second win of the season.
Sampdoria Vs Roma
After taking a first half, two goal lead, and full control of their match against Cagliari La Samp completely lost their shape following the sending off of Cacciatore with over half an hour left to play. Roma bounced back superbly following their controversial loss to Juventus with a convincing 3-0 win over Chievo. This will be a tough game for Garcia’s men, especially after their mid-week drabbing against Champions League champions Bayern Munich.
Chievo Vs Genoa
Chievo remained among the bottom three following their thrashing in Rome while Genoa will be disappointed with their home draw to Empoli. Genoa have definitely improved this season after a number of poor campaigns and will fancy their chances however I predict that a draw is the most likely outcome.
Juventus Vs Palermo
Following their controversial win over fellow Scudetto challengers Roma, Juventus were held on their travels to Sassuolo in what was a rather drab affair. Palermo collected their first win of the season when they beat fellow Serie A newcomers Cesena in Sicily. Comfortable home win expected.
Udinese Vs Atalanta
Udinese lost their second game of the season on their travels to Turin in what has been a good start for Le Zebrette. Atalanta left it late to down a stubborn Parma side and distance themselves slightly from the bottom three. Udinese will want to bounce back immediately and maintain their hunt for European football next season. Home win expected.
Cesena Vs Inter
Despite losing to a late Palermo goal after being reduced to ten men in the 80th minute, Cesena will not be disheartened following their positive start to the Serie A. Inter failed to make their first half dominance count and almost ended the game empty handed when Napoli visited the San Siro, when the game ended 2-2 following 4 late goals. Mazzarri is still not off the hook yet as his Inter side have struggled in recent weeks. Score draw expected, considering the fatigue they will have after their Europa League fixture on Thursday night.
Lazio Vs Torino
Filip Djordjevic was once again the difference for Lazio as the front man grabbed a first half goal to give his side an early lead and a lot of confidence to go one and win the match in Florence. Torino recorded just their second win in their opening seven matches in a narraw home, but important win over Udinese. Home win expected with Djordjevic to score again.
Napoli Vs Verona
Napoli, despite clearly being far from their best, almost snuck away from the San Siro with three points in what was a poor game, bar the last 15 minutes. Benitez’s side have struggled so far this season and face a Verona side who are also far from their best. Expect a close encounter and the Partnepoi to win by an odd goal.
Milan Vs Fiorentina
Milan were solid, with Honda putting on very good display, as the Rossoneri comfortably downed Verona on their travels as their impressive start under coach Inzaghi continues. La Viola were easily beaten by Lazio on their home soil and I predict they will be beaten again in Milan, as Montella’s side continue to struggle.
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