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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 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.