Empoli vs Pescara
Empoli were comfortably beaten by a superior Roma side losing 2-0 at the Olimpico while Pescara did just enough to hold Milan for a point however remain 9 points from safety. Time is running out for the visitors and I reckon they will snatch a point on Saturday afternoon.
Atalanta vs Sassuolo
Atalanta we firing on all cylinders on Sunday afternoon as they knocked five past a hapless Genoa side to move up to 5th in the standings. Sassuolo succumbed to the pressure applied by Lazio very late on to lose 1-2 and remain in 15th place. I am backing the home side to continue with their fantastic run of form.
Juventus vs Chievo
Despite being far from perfect and arguably the second best side on Sunday evening Juventus did just enough to leave Naples with a crucial point and still sit 6 points above second place Roma. Chievo’s inconsistent season continued as they were beaten at home by struggling Crotone. Juve to take another important step towards their sixth consecutive Scudetto on Saturday night.
Sampdoria vs Fiorentina
Sampdoria rode their luck and took their chances to pull off a suprise victory at the San Siro over a wasteful Inter side with veteran front man Quagliarella scoring a late penalty. Fiorentina made easy work of a poor Bologna squad and despite the slim 1-0 scoreline were always in control of the match. I predict a close game which will end all square.
Milan vs Palermo
Milan were far from perfect last weekend as they were held on their travels to Pescara, with star goalkeeper Donnaruma failing to control a simple back-pass and gifting the homeside with an early goal. The home side have far more problems to worry about as they were beaten in Sicily by Cagliari and remain seven points from safety. Home win expected .
Bologna vs Roma
Bologna were second best last weekend when they made the short journey to Florence and left empty handed. Roma, despite being far from perfect, made sure they secured all three points with a comfortable 2-0 win over Empoli to close the gap on league leaders Juventus to six points. I am backing Spalletti’s men to win on Sunday.
Cagliari vs Torino
Cagliari came out on top in the battle of the islanders as they outplayed a weak Palermo side to win 1-3. Torino came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw over Udinese in Turin in what has been a pretty inconsistent season for Mihajlovic’s side. I expect a close encounter which will end in a draw.
Crotone vs Inter
The outcome of each sides’ respective results last weekend was quite surprising to say the least as Crotone won just their fourth game of the season in Chievo while Inter suffered their first unexpected defeat under Pioli’s tenure, losing 1-2 at the San Siro against Sampdoria, despite dominating for most of the encounter. I am backing the visitors to bounce back.
Udinese vs Genoa
Despite taking an early two goal lead, Udinese lacked the experience to hold Torino and had to settle for a point. Genoa were extremely poor on Sunday afternoon as they were swept aside by a rampant Atalanta, meaning the Ligurian’s now sit in 16th place and coach Mandorlini will probably be shown the door come May. I expect a home win.
Lazio vs Napoli
Lazio’s impressive run of form continued as their pressure paid off when they scored a late winner in Sassuolo, one of many late winners in recent weeks meaning they are now just four points below third place Napoli. The visitors were superb, if wasteful, on Sunday evening as they applied real pressure on Juventus’ rearguard however failed to make their chances count. I am backing Sarri’s men this Sunday.