Sassuolo vs Lazio
Despite scoring an early goal Sassuolo stood little chance in Rome as Spalletti’s side bounced back to win 3-1 and keep Di Francesco’s men in the bottom half of the table. Front man Immobile could not save his team this time round as they played out a boring 0-0 draw in Sardinia to remain in 4th place. I reckon the home side can frustrate the visitors and hold out for a draw.
Roma vs Empoli
Roma came from behind to down a struggling Sassuolo side 3-1 at the Olimpico while Empoli were close to completing a historic comeback but didn’t quite do enough and lost 2-3 at home to Napoli. Comfortable home win expected.
Torino vs Udinese
Torino will be pleased with their hard earned home draw to Inter two weeks ago in what has been a pretty inconsistent season for Mihajlovic’s side. Udinese further dented Palermo’s chances of survival as they thrashed them 4-1. I am backing a home win on Sunday afternoon.
Chievo vs Crotone
After a very good start to their season, when they climbed as high as a Europa League spot, Chievo seem to be running out of steam as they slowly slide down the standings. Crotone were once again punished by a very late goal as they remain 8 points from safety and are likely to return to Serie B come May.
Fiorentina vs Bologna
Fiorentina were rewarded for their resilience when front man Kalinic scored a very late winner to gift his side three valuable points as they look to book Europa League football next season. Bologna were on fine form before the International break as they beat Chievo 4-1 but despite the win the Rossoblu remained in 13th place. I expect La Viola to win on Sunday afternoon.
Genoa vs Atalanta
After losing 1-5 to Inter two weeks ago Cagliari put on a much more spirited display and were extremely unfortunate to lose in Florence to a 92nd minute goal. Lazio outplayed Torino in Rome to move up to 4th in the Serie A standings. I reckon the home side can hold out for a draw.
Palermo vs Cagliari
The battle of the islanders takes place on Sunday with the Sicilians desperately needing a win to secure their Serie A status and the Sardinians 17 points clear of the bottom three. I predict an exciting game but considering the home sides lack of real quality I am backing a score draw.
Pescara vs Milan
Pescara are another of the newcomers who have not managed to keep up with the pace of the top league and will most likely be relegated in the coming months as they lost their 21st game of the season. A lone goal was enough for Milan to secure an important home win as they were in control for most of the game. Montella’s side to win this.
Napoli vs Juventus
Sunday evening sees the clash between two of Italy’s top sides as third place Napoli welcome run away league leaders Juventus to the cauldron that is the San Paolo. Napoli have paid the price for being inconsistent this season while Juve on the otherhand thoroughly deserve what will unlikely be their sixth consecutive Scudetto. I predict a heated game of football which will end all square.
Inter vs Sampdoria
Inter’s chances of qualifying for Champions League football next season look even more unlikely now after they were held in Torino, while Sampdoria will feel they could have done better after losing to Juventus by a single early goal, in what was a pretty balanced affair. I am backing Pioli’s men to win this.