Italian Football Predictions – Round 21

Fiorentina-Inter: the Viola are in decent form as they are coming off a gutsy draw with Torino, defeated Crotone two weeks ago and won three times in the past seven outings, however they will be without two or three of their best players. Inter trucked Benevento in the last round, picking up the second W in the last four matches, but they have not been superb on the road: 1-2.

Atalanta-Torino: after a ten-game undefeated streak, the Bergamaschi came a cropper in resounding fashion against Lazio. Thus, they have prevailed just once in the past four contests. The Granata have managed to tie in six of their last eight matches, both winning and losing once, but they will face a much stronger opponent than their recent ones: 3-1.

Sassuolo-Spezia: the Neroverdi have not been successful in four games, as they drew with Parma and Cagliari and lost to Juventus and Lazio away. The Aquilotti have crashed down two earth after a positive stretch with two losses in a row handed to them by Roma and Udinese. The Emiliani could recover some major pieces for this one: 2-1.

Juventus-Roma: both teams arrive at the clash in pretty good form as the Bianconeri have prevailed in five of the last six matches, dropping the ball only versus Inter, while the Giallorossi have taken home the full spoils in the last two against Spezia and Verona. However, they have been quite poor in the most difficult matches, especially on the road, where they were trounced by Napoli and Atalanta: 2-0.

Genoa-Napoli: the Grifone keep churning good results and they sunk Crotone last week, pushing their positive streak for four matches, where they have won three times. The Partenopei have been mostly meh but they have managed to come out on top in four of the last six matches, being fully convincing only versus Fiorentina and taking a tumble against Spezia and Verona: 1-1.

Benevento-Sampdoria: the Sanniti are in a tail-spin with three large defeats in the last four encounters, versus Atalanta, Crotone and Inter, and picked up one point only versus Torino. The Blucerchiati could not keep up with Juventus last week but they have been pretty good in easier matches, but are all in all pretty inconsistent. They have emerged victorious in three of the last games, against Inter and Udinese and Parma, but they lost to Spezia too: 2-2.

Milan-Crotone: the Rossoneri had some troubles in the final minutes but they did beat Bologna, bouncing back after the ugly loss versus Atalanta and conquering the fourth W in the last month. Crotone has been upended in five of the last six, most recently at the hands of Fiorentina and Genoa, and have been woeful away throughout the season: 4-1.

Udinese-Verona: the Friulani finally returned to winning ways after nine rounds, although they had managed to scrounge draws in more than half of those. The Scaligeri are coming off a rare dud versus Roma. They have won in three of the last five matches but have not been super consistent: 1-1.

Parma-Bologna: the Ducali suffered another loss against Napoli, the second in a row under Roberto D’Aversa, even though they are showing tiny bit signs of improvements. They have not been successful in 13 games and have been torpedoed in six of the last seven. Three Ls in the last four for Felsinei, against Genoa, Juventus and Milan, so the schedule did not help, but they recently picked off Verona and they finished the last bout pretty well: 1-1.

Lazio-Cagliari: The Biancocelesti are going on a run thanks to five victories in a row, over Fiorentina, Parma, Roma, Sassuolo and Atalanta, while the Sardinians were unlucky to collect only a point versus Sassuolo, but at least they stopped the bleeding after six defeats in a row. They will run into a buzzsaw here: 3-0

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