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Crotone vs Bologna
Despite a brave performance Crotone conceded a very late goal to lose 1-0 in Rome in what was their 13th league defeat of the season to remain in the relegation zone. Bologna were easily brushed aside by a far superior Juventus in Turin however remain 10 points above the drop zone. I am backing a bore draw.
Inter vs Chievo
A Perisic double handed Inter their fourth Serie A win on the trot as the team seem to settling into Pioli’s system while Chievo’s poor run of form continued after they lost at home to Atalanta as they continue to slide down the table despite a great start to their season. I am backing another win for the Nerazzurri on Saturday night.
Cagliari vs Genoa
Cagliari conceded a very late Bacca strike to lost out at the San Siro while Genoa were punished by a first half Izzo own goal as they lost 0-1 to Roma in what is a rare home defeat for the Ligurians. I reckon the Sardinians will put up a fight and the visitors will have settle for a draw.
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Lazio vs Atalanta
Lazio left it very late to down a stubborn Crotone side as Inzaghi’s side maintained their 4th place in the standings in their quest to secure Champions League football in May. Atalanta are also on a mission to play European football next year as their superb season continued with an impressive 1-4 in Chievo. I predict an exciting encounter and reckon the home side can just edge this.
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Napoli vs Pescara
Napoli were another of the top sides in Italy who left it very very late to secure a win last weekend as a 95th minute Tonelli strike saw them slip past a determined Sampdoria side who played for over 30 minutes with ten men following a two harsh yellow cards against defender Silvestre. With just one win this season Pescara are hot favourites to return to Serie B.
Sampdoria vs Empoli
Sampdoria lost in the cruellest of circumstances on Saturday night as they conceded a very late goal to return home empty handed. Empoli defeated fellow relegation candidates Palermo thanks to a penalty converted by veteran striker Maccarone to move 7 points clear of the bottom three. Home win expected.
Sassuolo vs Palermo
Sassuolo are just eight points above the bottom three in what has been a disappointing season for the Neroverdi considering their 6th place finish last season. Palermo are heading back down to Serie B as they lost out in Empoli and now linger 7 points from safety. This is a must win for the home side.
Udinese vs Roma
Udinese could have gone 3-0 up in the opening 20 minutes but were punished after failing to take their chances and eventually lost out 1-2 to Inter. Roma were far from impressive as they won 0-1 on their travels thanks to an own goal as Spalletti’s men remained well in the hunt of second place Juventus. I reckon the visitors can win again on Sunday.
Fiorentina vs Juventus
Sunday night sees two of Italy’s top teams clash in Florence as Fiorentina welcome reigning champions and league leaders Juventus. The home side have had mixed fortunes so far this term and sit in a mid-table position while Juventus look more and more likely of securing their sixth consecutive Scudetto in a few months time. Expect a game full of action and drama.
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Torino vs Milan
Many have said that these two sides have over achieved so far this season with Torino sitting in 8th place and Milan occupying 5th place with a game in hand. I predict a very close affair and I backing the home side to frustrate Montella’s men and snatch a point.
Empoli vs Palermo
Serie A football returns after a two weeks Christmas break with two of the bottom sides facing off in what I predict will be a closely fought encounter which will end in a draw. Empoli sit four points clear of the Sicilians who have a very good away record.
Napoli vs Sampdoria
Napoli went into the Christmas break following a thrilling 3-3 draw in Florence while Sampdoria held Udinese to a 0-0 draw in what was a rather drab affair as La Samp maintained their mid-table status. I am backing the home side to win comfortably on Saturday night.
Udinese vs Inter
Udinese held out for a point in Sampdoria while Inter gave their fans an early Christmas present after beating Lazio 3-0 at the San Siro to edge slightly closer up the standings. The home side are no pushovers and I reckon Pioli’s men will have to settle for a draw in the early Sunday afternoon kick-off.
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Chievo vs Atalanta
Despite taking an early lead Chievo were unable to hold a superior Roma side at bay at eventually lost 3-1 on their travels to the Olimpico. Atalanta’s impressive run of form continued with a 2-1 win over lowly Empoli thanks to a late D’Alessandro goal. The home side should have enough to hold out for a point.
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Genoa vs Roma
Lady luck was not on Genoa’s side in Gameweek 18 since even though they had the lion’s share of chances they still somehow lost 1-0 in Turin to remain in 12th place. Roma came from behind to eventually win comfortably in front of their home crowd and end the year in second place. Considering late last year Genoa beat the likes of Juve and Milan at Luigi Ferraris I am backing them to frustrate Spallett’s side.
Lazio vs Crotone
Lazio ended 2016 on a sour note after losing 3-0 at the San Siro however remain 4th in the Serie A table after an excellent start to their campaign. With just two wins from their opening 17 games Crotone looks like favourites to return to Serie B come May and I predict the visitors will have little luck in Rome.
Pescara vs Fiorentina
Pescara scored very late on in Palermo to frustrate the home side and collect just their ninth point of the season as the Serie A newbies remained rooted to the foot of the standings. Fiorentina played out a thrilling 3-3 encounter with Napoli at the Artemio Franchi to end what has been quite a poor season for La Viola on a high note. I am backing an away win on Sunday afternoon.
Sassuolo vs Torino
Sassuolo’s poor season continued after somehow throwing away a two goal lead to lose 4-3 in Sardinia in what was a thrilling game of football. Torino ended the year on a positive note after making the most of their chances and beating Genoa 1-0 at home. The home side are lingering just a handful of points above the bottom three and should do enough to hold out for a point.
Milan vs Cagliari
Milan made sure their fans had a lot to cheer about over the festive season after they beat eternal rivals Juventus on penalties in the Italian Super Cup in what was the first piece of silverware under Montella’s tenure. Cagliari are now 13 points clear of the relegation zone thanks to a spirited comeback over Sassuolo winning by the odd goal in seven. Home win expected.
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Juventus vs Bologna
With a game in hand Juventus already lead the rest of the rest of the Serie A standings by four points as Allegri’s side look to win their sixth consecutive Scudetto. Bologna have so far done enough to keep their noses clear of the bottom three however despite their best efforts I predict an easy home win for the Old Lady.
Empoli vs Cagliari
Empoli held out for a draw in Bologna on Sunday afternoon as they kept their noses just above the bottom three while Cagliari were pummelled 0-5 by a far superior Napoli side in Sardinia. Considering both sides have struggled so much this season I reckon a bore draw is on the cards.
Milan vs Atalanta
Milan will count themselves unlucky for losing out in Rome on Monday night after their in form front man Niang missed a first half penalty and the Rossoneri eventually lost out 1-0 at the Olimpico. After a superb run of form including a seven game winning streak Atalanta how now lost two on the trot, including a surprise home loss to a struggling Udinese side. I am backing the home side to win this.
Juventus vs Roma
Juventus’s determination gifted them with an invaluable 1-3 over local rivals Torino following a late double from Higuain and Pjanic as the Old Lady maintain their march towards their sixth consecutive Scudetto. A second half Nainggolan strike gifted Roma with a slim 1-0 win over Milan to move clear into second place. I expect a hotly contesting game at the Juventus Stadium and the home side should just pip this.
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Sassuolo vs Inter
Despite a dismal performance Inter won 2-0 at the San Siro against Genoa in what was a much needed moral boasting win. Sassuolo fought hard in Florence however lacked the quality to really challenge Fiorentina and left empty handed. I believe the home side will do just enough to frustrate the visitors and hold out for a draw.
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Chievo vs Sampdoria
Chievo did extremely well to beat a stubborn Palermo side in Sicily and move up to tenth in the standings while Sampdoria were beaten 1-2 by Lazio despite having the lion’s share of possession. These sides sit on equal points so this is a hard one to call, however I am sticking my neck out and backing a home win.
Pescara vs Bologna
Pescara lost out in the relegation ‘six-pointer’ over Crotone in what was a heated affair with numerous yellow cards and one man from each side receiving a second yellow. Bologna were frustrated by a stubborn Empoli side and failed to create any real chances as the game ended 0-0. I reckon the home side have just enough to hold out for a draw.
Napoli vs Torino
Napoli seem to be in for a good run of form after scoring eight goals in their last two Serie A games and conceding none as they look to make up for lost ground over league leaders Juve. Torino lost out in the Turin derby and I am reckon they will lose again on their journey down South this Sunday afternoon.
Udinese vs Crotone
Udinese will be delighted with their hard fought 1-3 win over an in form Atalanta side while Crotone will be equally pleased after winning just their second game of the season over fellow relegation favourites Pescara to move just two points from safety. I predict the home sides’ Serie A experience will be enough to see them through.
Genoa vs Palermo
Genoa were punished for failing to make the most of some clear cut chances at the San Siro and were punished for their wastefulness. Palermo’s disastrous season continued as they lost to Chievo to drop to the bottom of the Serie A table. I am backing the home side to bounce back.
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Lazio vs Fiorentina
Lazio got back to winning ways in an important away win over Sampdoria while Fiorentina made it two wins in a row after beating Sassuolo at home thanks to a Kalinic double. I predict an extremely entertaining affair in Rome and am backing a home win.
Crotone vs Pescara
Despite putting up a valiant fight and almost securing an important away point at the San Siro the newcomers lost out following a Lapadula late strike. Fellow Serie A newcomers Pescara who secured an important point over Cagliari however remain in the bottom three as they look like favourites to go down along with Crotone. I expect a close game and a score draw.
Sampdoria vs Lazio
Sampdoria were superb as they beat a high flying Torino side 2-0 in front of their ecstatic fans to climb up to 10th in the standings while Lazio superb run of form came to an end when they lost out in a heated derby with local rivals Roma. The home side will be putting up a fight and I believe they have enough to hold out for a draw.
Cagliari vs Napoli
Cagliari were moments away an important away win over lowly Pescara despite playing for almost an hour with ten-men. Napoli swept past a disorganised Inter side scoring two goals in the first six minutes to put the game to bed before it even starting. I am backing Sarri’s men to win in Sardinia .
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Atalanta vs Udinese
This has been a great season for Atalanta following a number of very disappointing seasons as the Nerazzurri now proudly sit 6th in the standings despite losing 3-1 at the Juventus Stadium. Udinese were once one of Serie A’s toughest sides however have gone astray in recent seasons and continue to struggle this term. I am backing a home win.
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Bologna vs Empoli
Empoli were pummelled on their travels to Sassuolo to remain just a handful of points above the bottom three. Even though these two sides are separated by a few points the home side’s quality should see them through.
Palermo vs Chievo
Palermo have won just a single game this season losing once again in Florence to remain rooted to the bottom of the Serie A standings. Chievo played out a dull 0-0 draw, with front man Birsa missing a first half penalty, when Genoa visited on Monday. I expect a close game which will end all square.
Torino vs Juventus
Saturday afternoon sees the clash between the two sides from Turin as Il Granata welcome their eternal rivals the Old Lady to old Stadio Olimpico. The home side will be delighted with their season to date while Juventus are four points clear at the top and on course to win their sixth consecutive Scudetto. You can bet the home side will put up a hell of a fight however Allegri’s men should win this.
Inter vs Genoa
Inter’s inconsistent season continued as their backline was caught napping twice in the first six minutes of the game as they lost 3-0 in Naples just a few days after beating Fiorentina 4-2 at home. Genoa were lucky not to lose to Chievo on Monday night and will have to be wary of this bruised Inter side. I reckon the visitors have enough fight in them to hold out for a draw.
Fiorentina vs Sassuolo
Both these sides won their respective games this weekend after an inconsistent season for both squads who so far have failed to mimic last season’s impressive form. The home side will fancy their chances over Sassuolo on Monday afternoon, who’ve won just a single game on the road.
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Roma vs Milan
Roma came out on top of a heated Roman derby over Lazio thanks to a couple of goals from midfielders Strootman and Nainggolan in a game which unfortunately showed the ugly side of football following a number of nasty tackles and bust ups. Milan continue to win as Montella proves the importance of team spirit and organisation. I predict an exciting game by Roma’s quality should see them through on Monday night.
Napoli vs Inter
Napoli squandered a golden opportunity to make up some ground on Juventus however conceded a late goal to Sassuolo to end a frustrating night for Sarri’s men. Inter were close to throwing away three crucial points as they went up 3-0 after just twenty minutes and played against a ten man Fiorentina side for almost an hour. The Nerazzurri however gave their opponents numerous chances to equalise before Icardi put the game to bed in the dieing minutes as his side won 4-2 in a thrilling game at the San Siro. I expect the home side to win this Friday night fixtures.
Juventus vs Atalanta
Juventus lost their third game of the season after going down 3-0 in less then 30 minutes in Genoa to eventually lose 3-1. As predicted Atalanta beat Bologna on their travels to maintain their excellent run of form and move up to fifth in the Serie A. I am backing Allegri’s men to bounce back at the Juventus Stadium.
Milan vs Crotone
Milan are another side who have punched above their weight this season and remain in second place after a convincing 1-4 in Empoli to the delight of coach Montella who has really managed to get the best out of his side. Crotone earned a hard fought point against Sampdoria however remain deep in the relegation zone with just six points to their name. Comfortable home win expected.
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Lazio vs Roma
Lazio’s great run of form continued as a lone Savic goal was enough for them to snatch all three points over a struggling Palermo side. Roma almost dropped three vital points on Sunday evening as visitors Pescara pushed for a late comeback to no avail however. This will be an extremely exciting derby which I predict will end all square.
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Pescara vs Cagliari
Pescara were moments away from causing another upset in Gamesweek 14 as they scored with 15 minutes to go to make it 3-2 and keep the Olimpico brimming with nerves. Cagliari will be delighted with their hard earned 2-1 win over a struggling Udinese side to move 12 points clear of the bottom three as the Sardinians look to avoid a relegation scrape come May. I predict a close encounter which will end in a draw.
Sampdoria vs Torino
As predicted Sampdoria did just enough to hold out for a draw in Crotone while Torino superb run of form continued as a Falque double was enough for them to beat Chievo in Turin. Despite the visitors superb form, I reckon they will have to settle for a draw in Sampdoria.
Sassuolo vs Empoli
This has been quite a disappointing season for Sassuolo so far, but atleast on Monday night they gave their fans something to shout about by scoring a late equaliser in Naples. Empoli were pummeled 1-4 by an in form Milan to remain just a few points above the bottom three in what has been a disastrous season for Martusciello’s side. Home win expected.
Fiorentina vs Palermo
Fiorentina didn’t know what hit them as they conceded three early goals at the San Siro and despite a late comeback could not do enough to stop Inter from claiming all three points. Palermo fought hard but eventually lost out against an in form Lazio side to remain rooted to the bottom of the Serie A table. Home win expected.
Chievo vs Genoa
Despite a brave performance Chievo were unable to collect a single point on their travels to Torino while Genoa claimed their second big scalp in a number of weeks when they beat Juventus 3-1 in front of their ecstatic home crowd. I predict a close game but am sticking my neck out and backing a home win.
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Udinese vs Bologna
Both sides lost their respective fixtures and have struggled to find their feet so far in Serie A this season. Considering just a point separates these two sides it is a close one to call but I reckon the home side have enough in them to win this.
Torino vs Chievo
Torino’s positive run continued as they beat lowly Crotone 0-2 on their travels while Chievo will also be pleased with their season so far as they push towards qualifying for European football come May. I predict a close game but reckon the home side should win this.
Empoli vs Milan
Empoli’s poor season continued as they were pummeled 0-4 on their home soil by Fiorentina in what is going to be a very tough 6 months for the Tuscans. Despite playing on the back foot for most of the game Milan were moments away from an impressive 2-1 over rivals Inter as Montella’s men climbed up to joint second in the standings. Empoli have been extremely poor so far this season so I am backing the visitors.
Palermo vs Lazio
Palermo are another side struggling to find their feet in the Serie A losing their ninth game of the season in Bologna to remain in penultimate place. Lazio were superb as they downed a stubborn Genoa side in Rome to move up to fourth in the standings. I am backing the visitors to win this.
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Bologna vs Atalanta
Bologna are nine points clear of the bottom three following their convincing 3-1 win over Palermo while Atalanta amazingly climbed up among the top 5 in the Serie A table after an impressive comeback over Roma after going a goal behind late on in the first half. This will be a close game however I am sticking my neck out and backing the visitors to win this.
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Cagliari vs Udinese
Despite a brave display Cagliari were unable to make the most of their chances and eventually lost 1-0 in Chievo. Udinese were also punished for wasting a number of good opportunities as they were beaten by Napoli to remain in the bottom half of the table. Just a point separates these two sides and I am going for a score draw.
Crotone vs Sampdoria
Crotone’s disastrous season continued as they were beaten 0-2 by Torino to remain at the foot of the Serie A table. Sampdoria showed superb fighting spirit when they came back from two goals down to beat Sassuolo 3-2 in what was a thrilling game of football. I reckon the home side can hold out for a draw.
Genoa vs Juventus
Genoa were outplayed on Sunday afternoon in Rome by an in form Lazio side while Juventus made easy work of minnows Pescara in a 3-0 home drubbing. The Ligurians always put up a fight in front of their passionate home crowd however the visitors have enough to win this.
Roma vs Pescara
Despite taking an early lead Roma crumbled following a late Atalanta onslaught and now trail runaway leaders Juventus by nine points. As expected Pescara were comfortably beaten at the Juventus stadium as their dire season continued as the Serie A newcomers look like top relegation candidates this season. Roma to bounce back in style.
Napoli vs Sassuolo
An Insigne double gave Napoli a win on their travels to Udinese as the Southerners try and make up some lost ground. Sassuolo have really struggled this season and I bet it’s down to their Europa League commitments stretching their fairly small squad. This is a must win for Sarri’s men.
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Inter vs Fiorentina
Despite dominating for long spells Inter once again failed to make their chances count and wil thank Perisic for his late strike as the Nerazzurri salvaged a point in what was Pioli’s first game in charge. Fiorentina played one of their best games of the season last Sunday when they downed minnows Empoli 0-4 with Ilicic and Bernadeschi grabbing their respective brace. I predict an attacking game of football which will end all square.