Lazio Vs Sampdoria
Despite taking an early two goal lead at the San Siro, courtesy of a Felipe Anderson double, Lazio were unable to hold off a second half Inter onslaught and had to settle for a point. La Samp were involved in an exciting 2-2 draw of their own when they entertained fellow surprise package Udinese. I predict an exciting score draw.
Udinese Vs Roma
Stramaccioni will be pleased with his sides’ hard fought win draw with Sampdoria before the Christmas break and now face a tough Roma, who need a win to maintain their pace with Juventus. Garcia’s men were held to a goalless draw at the Olimpico, and will feel hard done by after being denied a clear penalty, which would have seen them climb to just a point behind La Juve. This will be another close encounter which I reckon will end in a score draw.
Milan Vs Sassuolo
Sitting just two points off third spot Inzaghi will be pleased with his side’s progress so far this season and the scoreless draw at the Olimpico in Gamesweek 16 would have done his men’s confidence the world of good. After a tough first season in the Serie A Sassuolo have improved considerably this year and already sit 8 points above the relegation zone. They will be feeling optimistic about their chances of staying up another season though they are unlikely to win any points at the San Siro.
Chievo Vs Torino
Just one point separates these two sides in the Serie A standings who have both struggled so far this season. As expected, Chievo have been poor, though Torino, following a superb run of form last season, are a shadow of their former-selves after the departure of Cerci and Immobile last season. Despite Torino’s important win over Genoa, considering how much these sides need points I reckon a bore draw is the most likely outcome.
Empoli Vs Verona
Considering it’s their first year back in Italian top flight after a number of years, Empoli have played some exciting football and deservedly sit a few points above the drop zone. Like Torino, Verona have struggled so far this term, following an impressive run of form last year. Both these sides sit on 17 points and that’s why I predict another draw.
Genoa Vs Atalanta
Genoa were unexpectedly beaten on their travels to lowly Torino and dropped down to 6th in the standings, while Atalanta came from behind twice to hold out for a draw in what was a thrilling six goal encounter against Palermo in Bergamo. I predict Genoa will have enough to see off Atalanta and bounce back to winning ways.
Palermo Vs Cagliari
After leading for most of the match, Palermo succumbed to a late Atalanta comeback to return to Sicily with a point and remained 10th in the standings. As expected, Cagliari were easily beaten at home by Juventus in a match were Zeman’s side stood little chance. Home win expected in the battle of the islanders.
Parma Vs Fiorentina
Parma’s dire season continued as they were comfortably beaten in Napoli and Donadoni’s side remained rooted to the bottom of the Serie A standings. Fiorentina will be disappointed with themselves after being held at home by newly promoted Empoli and Montella will urge his men on at the Tardini to leave with maximum points.
Cesena Vs Napoli
Cesena did well to hold off an in form Sassuolo side on their travels before the Christmas break, however still remain in the relegation zone with just 9 points from their opening 16 fixtures. Napoli put on a convincing display to see off minnows Parma at the San Paolo and I am backing Benitez’s men to beat newly promoted Cesena to remain in the hunt for that crucial third place finish come May.
Juventus Vs Inter
The final game of round 17 of Serie A fixtures sees Juventus entertain Inter at the Juventus stadium, in what is dubbed the Derby D’Italia, traditionally Italy’s biggest derby. Despite the obvious gap in quality between these two sides, you can be sure that Mancini will demand maximum effort from his men in what I predict will be a thrilling game of football. Even though Juventus had to bring in coach Allegri following Conte’s surprise exit last summer, they have managed to maintain their dominance in the Serie A this season, losing just once. I predict a home win for the Old Lady.
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