The next Serie A round features the Derby della Mole and a clash with valuable Europa League points at stake.
Udinese-Roma: Udinese have won only one in the last six games and their offensive punch seems to have worn off, as they have failed to score multiple goals in each fixture of this most recent stretch. Kevin Lasagna will be out for a while, so Maxi Lopez and Rodrigo De Paul will have to step up, even though they have not found the back of the net often this year: Antonin Barak and Jakub Jankto are much better bets, but the Giallorossi defenders and Alisson are worth a look here. Di Francesco’s side is coming off two straight wins against the lowly Verona and Benevento and will try to keep the good things going against better competition. The early returns of the new-look 4-2-3-1 are positive: Cengiz Under is red-hot, while also Radja Nainggolan and Edin Dzeko could reap the benefits from it, the Belgian star in particular as he prospered in this position last season.
Genoa-Inter: Genoa have abandoned the most dangerous areas of the table thanks to the six points they collected against Lazio and Chievo, both with the help of Diego Laxalt, who buried a pair of clutch goals in the final minutes. They are still not getting a consistent contribution from their strikers and Goran Pandev has been the best one lately. Inter have finally won a game after eight winless efforts and more importantly they have found a new offensive weapon: Yann Karamoh, who added a lot of zing upfront against Bologna. It is unclear at his point whether they will have Mauro Icardi back, in his absence Eder scored one more and his strong form, along with the emergence of Karamoh and Rafinha, could allow Luciano Spalletti to move on from the disappointing Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva. The Griffon has struggled at home so far. It could be a low-scoring affair, among the defenders Milan Skriniar is head and shoulders the most interesting one.
Torino-Juventus: Torino are undefeated with Walter Mazzarri at the helm, having won all three their home games, with Bologna, Benevento and Udinese and having drawn at Sassuolo and against Sampdoria. They will now run into a bitter Juventus after the Tottenham tilt, which have won eight straight Serie A games and have had a lot of success in derbies in recent years. Andrea Belotti finally got out of his scoring slump last week, with a great goal as well. Mbaye Niang has been a strong contributor since the coaching change, while Iago Falque has been a force all year long. However, the Bianconeri defence has allowed only one goal in the last 11 outings, but Massimiliano Allegri might rotate the backline quite a bit. On the other side of the ball, Gonzalo Higuain is on fire, Federico Bernardeschi usually produces when he gets minutes and Douglas Costa can wreak havoc when he is on his day.
Napoli-Spal: the Partenopei have won eight games in a row, including the acid test with Lazio. They are playing great football and, even though they have conceded a little more than usual, their attack is back to his full glory with Dries Mertens spearheading it and scoring at will. Lorenzo Insigne and José Callejon have also created a bunch of chances and they could be good picks against a soft defence. The super-sub Piotr Zielinski wrecked the Lazio match and could see some playing time in the midst of a busy part of the schedule. Obviously a tall order for the Estensi, which have not won in seven games and have given up several goals: Mirco Antenucci and Jasmin Kurtic have been their best players recently, but they will face the best scoring defence in the League.
Milan-Sampdoria: the Rossoneri have prevailed in four of their last five games and will look to close the gap that separate them from the sixth place. Patrick Cutrone has grabbed the brass ring upfront, but all of their attackers are performing well: Suso, Giacomo Bonaventura, Hakan Calhanoglu. As the players admitted, there is less confusion now in the pitch and everybody has a clear role and the quality of their roster is not in question. The Blucerchiati have not lost in their last five showings, four of which were at home, but they did beat Roma at Olimpico. Before that, they had lost three out of four on the road. Fabio Quagliarella continues to terrorize defences, but they could use a little more from either Duvan Zapata or Gaston Ramirez, who have been a little up and down.
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