Serie A Predictions – Round 19

Benevento-Torino: the Sanniti were quite surprisingly routed by Crotone last week, making it the second 1-4 in a row after the more understandable one versus Atalanta and the third defeat in the past four rounds. The Granata decided to change the coach after the disappointing nil-nil with Spezia: they have shared the spoils four times in the past six rounds, winning and losing once: 1-1.

Roma-Spezia: the Giallorossi were unable to prevail the last two matches as they equalized with Inter and were manhandled by Lazio. They have generally been automatic against the minnows but the atmosphere within the club is very tense and the coach is under scrutiny. The Aquilotti have started a positive streak by beating Napoli and resisting against Torino: 2-2.

Milan-Atalanta: the Rossoneri took care of business against Torino and Cagliari and have prevailed in all but one of the past six tilts. The Bergamaschi have slowed down as they were to ties versus Genoa and Udinese after three outings where they looked great. There have been five ties in the last eight head-to-head matches: 2-2.

Udinese-Inter: the Zebrette have not been successful in eight matches, but they at least stopped the bleeding midweek by drawing with Atalanta after four losses in five matches. The Nerazzurri emerged victorious in convincing fashion in the Derby d’Italia with Juventus and will be looking to open a new winning streak after the previous one was halted by two stumbles: 1-2.

Fiorentina-Crotone: the Viola are coming off a beating by the hands of Napoli, where they imploded even though the had had shown some encouraging signs in past two months, despite prevailing just twice. Crotone returned to winning ways after three defeats by soundly upending Benevento, but they have had major troubles away: 1-0.

Juventus-Bologna: the Bianconeri looked bad versus Inter but then triumphed in the Supercup versus Napoli, so they remain pretty enigmatic overall. Bologna snapped a lengthy winless streak by nipping Verona and have generally been in most matches until late so far, but they have struggled on the road: 3-1.

Genoa-Cagliari: they extended their run with a nil-nil against the potent Atalanta offense and have been defeated just twice since Davide Ballardini took over, by Sassuolo, beating Spezia and Bologna and sharing the spoils also with Lazio. The Sardinians are instead going in the wrong direction with five straight losses, the last one coming against Milan, but there were some doable fixtures in there: 2-1.

Verona-Napoli: the Scaligeri got got by Bologna last week in a small upset, ending a three-game positive string. They have been game in all the most difficult tilts, losing only to Inter so far. The Partenopei won three of the last four Serie A games but lost in the midweek Supercup, which might affect their morale even though they were terrific versus Fiorentina: 1-1.

Lazio-Sassuolo: the Biancocelesti are humming with three consecutive wins against Fiorentina, Parma and Roma, the first time it has happened in the current campaign. The Neroverdi saved face late with a PK in the Parma contest, but have surely been unconvincing for a long while as they have triumphed just three times in the last ten games, losing against all the top competitors: 3-1.

Parma-Sampdoria: the Ducali showed some signs of life last week after five consecutive losses as they were unluckily pipped at the post by Sassuolo. The Blucerchiati have come out on top in two of the last three fixtures, versus Inter and Udinese, but in both cases at home, while away they have taken home the full loot just once in six tries, coming a cropper in four different occasions: 1-0.

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