As expected Chievo did just enough to hold out for a draw in Sampdoria while Roma were superb as they downed league leaders 3-1 at the Olimpico in what was a great game of football. I reckon the visitors can win this.
Napoli vs Fiorentina
Napoli kept chase with second place Roma following their comfortable 0-5 win in Turin and also secured Champions League for next season. Fiorentina were rewarded for their determination with a hard earned victory over high flying Lazio to climb up to 7th place. Home win expected for the home side.
Prediction – 2-0
Milan vs Bologna
Despite playing second fiddle for most of the encounter Milan fought back late on and snatched an important point in Atalanta as they attempt to secure a Europa League spot. Bologna added more misery to relegated side Pescara with a 3-1 win. Montella’s side should win this.
Prediction – 2-1
Empoli vs Atalanta
Empoli missed the perfect chance to add another point to their name but front man Pucciarelli missed a crucial penalty as his side eventually lost 3-2 despite an attempt at a late comeback. Atalanta failed to make the most of their chances and were punished late one when Milan found a late equaliser. I am backing the visitors to win this.
Genoa vs Torino
Both sides have had disappointing campaigns considering their pre-season expectations with Genoa sitting just two points above the bottom three, while Torino are most likely going to finish 9th this term. I predict that both sides will settle for a draw.
Juventus vs Crotone
Despite being soundly beaten at the Olimpico last weekend, slightly delaying their celebration plans, Juventus bounced back by winning the first of three trophies in what they hope will be a historic treble on Wednesday night after beating Lazio in the Coppa Italia final. Crotone’s recent resurgence might all be in vain as they are likely to lose in Turin and should other results not go their way then they will be the final side to be relegated from the Serie A.
Sassuolo vs Cagliari
Sassuolo dumped further misery onto Inter as they beat the Nerazzurri 1-2 at the San Siro while Cagliari were close to squandering a three goal lead against Empoli but managed to hold on by the skin of their teeth to win 3-2. Just one point separates these two sides and that is why I am going for a draw.
Udinese vs Sampdoria
Both these sides have had pretty average seasons as they occupy 11th and 10th place in the standings respectively and will hope to make the necessary reinforcements over the summer to try and secure Europa League football. Just three points separate these two sides in the Serie A standings and hence I am backing another draw.
Lazio vs Inter
Despite losing in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday night Lazio can still look back at this season with great pride as they look set to finish 4th, quite an achievement considering their limited transfer budget. Inter’s season has gone down the drain as they seem to have self-disintegrated with coach Pioli being sacked in recent weeks and they have now not won a league game in almost two months. Home win expected.
Prediction – 2-0
Pescara vs Palermo
Monday night sees a pretty irrelevant game take place with both sides already relegated and their final placing in the league already set. Do not expect a thrilling encounter as I reckon both sets of players will be pretty demoralised.
Prediction – 1-1