Italian Football Predictions – Round 16

Cagliari-Benevento: the Sardinians have not won in ages and are coming off two rough losses versus Roma and Napoli. The Sanniti are surely in better shape as Milan handed them just the second defeat in the past eight rounds, but they fared well there too. However, the Rossoblù have generally been resilient at home: 1-1.

Atalanta-Parma: three dominating wins for Atalanta in the past five rounds, all at home, against Fiorentina, Roma and Sassuolo, while the Ducali dropped the last three in ugly fashion and Fabio Liverani was almost sacked at the beginning of the week: 4-0

Bologna-Udinese: the Felsinei are coming off four straight ties, versus Spezia, Torino, Atalanta and Fiorentina, the Friulani from two losses against Udinese and Juventus, but have been quite good away before running into the Old Lady: 2-2.

Crotone-Roma: the Squali were in decent form going into the Inter game but they gave up six goals and have struggled mightily against top teams. The Giallorossi squeezed past Sampdoria for their fourth win in the last five matches and have been very consistent against the minnows: 1-3.

Lazio-Fiorentina: the Biancocelesti are ailing with just one win in the last five games, versus Napoli, while they lost to Milan and shared the spoils with Genoa in the past two. The Viola have stayed undefeated over the last four rounds, pounding Juventus and tying with Sassuolo, Verona and Bologna: 1-1.

Sampdoria-Inter: two narrow losses in a row for the Blucerchiati, which have exploited easier matches but have been unable to keep up with stronger opponents. The Beneamata is humming with eight consecutive wins: 1-2.

Sassuolo-Genoa: two losses in the last three rounds for the Neroverdi, at the hands of Milan and Atalanta, and just two wins over the last seven. The Grifone might have turned the corner after the coaching chance as they picked up four points against Spezia and Lazio: 1-1.

Torino-Verona: the Granata finally returned to winning ways taking advantage of Parma’s troubles, but they will run into one of the best away teams in the League as, after beating Spezia, Verona have not succumbed in the past six road matches and won three of the last four: 0-1.

Napoli-Spezia: the Partenopei snapped out of it after three winless rounds by upending Cagliari on the road, while the Aquilotti, despite generally always putting up a fight, have capitulated in five of the past six fixtures: 3-2.

Milan-Juventus: will the Old Lady be the one to finally take down the Devil, which are undefeated in the season and are coming off tree quality wins over Sassuolo, Lazio and Benevento? Crazier things have happened but it seems unlikely given the Bianconeri’s ever-seesawing form and the recent issues at the club: 2-1.

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