Serie A Predictions – Round 17

Benevento-Atalanta: the Sanniti are in great shape with three Ws over the past four matches, versus Genoa, Udinese and Cagliari, with the only blemish coming against Milan, however Atalanta are in steamroller mode having throttled Roma, Sassuolo and Parma in the past four rounds: 1-3.

Genoa-Bologna: Davide Ballardini was handed his first loss by Sassuolo after defeating Genoa and tying with Lazio. They have prevailed only in the opener at home. The Felsinei are coming off five consecutive draws, against Spezia, Torino, Atalanta, Fiorentina and Udinese and arguably should have won in most of them: 1-2.

Milan-Torino: the Rossoneri’s run was halted by Juventus, and by several injuries and the situation got even worse. The Granata have found some rhythm with three draws, versus Bologna, Napoli and Verona, and win over Parma in the last four fixtures. An upset would not be shocking but let’s go with a 1-0.

Roma-Inter: the Giallorossi confirmed their efficacy against the minnows by rocking Crotone and grabbing the fifth W in the last six contests. However, they have not been great in big matches, having equalized with Juventus and Milan and being upended by Napoli and Atalanta. The Nerazzurri’s eight-game winning streak got snapped by Sampdoria. The last five head-to-head matches have ended in ties: 2-2.

Verona-Crotone: the Scaligeri have won just once in the past five tilts, versus Spezia, and were pipped late by Torino last week. They have been quite poor at home, but they will host a side that has looked awful in three of the past four matches, where they have given up ten goals to Sampdoria, Inter and Roma: 2-0.

Parma-Lazio: the Ducali will be hoping for a major new coach’s bump as they have been dismal in the last four matches, where they were routed by Juventus, Torino and Atalanta and lost to Crotone as well. The Biancocelesti are not in superb form but bounced back from the loss with Milan and the draw with Genoa by sinking Fiorentina. They have generally been better away: 1-2.

Udinese-Napoli: the Friulani have fallen back into a slump as they have not won in five rounds, where they have shared the spoils with Crotone, Cagliari and Bologna and lost to Benevento and Juventus. The Partenopei are not in much better shape having triumphed just once in the last five, over Cagliari, and suffered three ugly losses at the hands of Inter, Lazio and Spezia: 1-1.

Fiorentina-Cagliari: after four positive results, the Viola got got by Lazio midweek. They have collected four straight draws at home. Cagliari are reeling after three consecutive defeats against Roma, Napoli and Benevento and have not taken home the full loot since early December, but the Gigliati will be quite undermanned in this one and have not been all that convincing besides the exploit against Juventus: 1-1.

Juventus-Milan: the Bianconeri showed up in the clash with Milan and came away with the third win in the past four rounds and the fifth in the last seven. They have not been dominant at home as they dropped points against Verona, Atalanta and Fiorentina already. The Neroverdi got back into a groove in the Genoa game, earning their second victory in the span of three contests and bouncing back after the romp by Atalanta. However, they have struggled in big games: 3-1.

Spezia-Sampdoria: after losing five of six, the Aquilotti picked up an opportunistic win over Napoli to get back on track. They have never prevailed at home so far. The Blucerchiati torpedoed Inter after two consecutive narrow losses against Sassuolo and Roma: 2-2.

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