Fiorentina-Spezia: the Viola are coming off two straight losses against Inter and Sampdoria, which halted their positive momentum, as they had been decent at home. The Aquilotti instead are riding high after two impressive wins over Sassuolo and Milan and are currently one of the hottest teams in the Peninsula: 1-2.
Cagliari-Torino: eight losses in the nine matches for the Sardinians, which however were slightly better in the last three rounds, where they tied with Sassuolo and were only narrowly defeated by Lazio and Atalanta, so there is at least some hope for a turnaround. The Granata are instead coming off five straight ties, against Spezia, Benevento, Fiorentina, Atalanta and Genoa: 1-1.
Lazio-Sampdoria: the Biancocelesti’s winning streak came to an end after six matches at the hands of Inter, even though they did put up a fight. They have generally been money versus the minnows, but Sampdoria are in a good run of form as they have lost just once in the last five contests, to Juventus, beating Udinese, Parma and Fiorentina. They have been less effective on the road though: 2-1.
Genoa-Verona: the Grifone could not beat Torino last week, but they still pushed their positive streak to six games (four Ws) with a nil-nil tie. After a pair of subpar outings, the Scaligeri returned to winning ways versus Parma. They have been dropped in three straight away contests: 1-0.
Sassuolo-Bologna: they were not dominant but for some stretches they looked like their early-season selves in Crotone and in fact they prevailed for the first time in six rounds. The Felsinei followed up a commanding victory over Parma with a so-so draw versus Benevento and have been very boom-or-bust: 2-1.
Parma-Udinese: they at least managed to score against Verona, a noteworthy improvement compared to previous displays, but suffered another L, the ninth one in the last ten matches, where they have scrounged a single point. The Friulani could not keep up with Roma in the past fixture, but they had beaten Spezia and Verona before that, thus exploiting the more feasible encounters: 0-1.
Milan-Inter: the Nerazzurri surely approach the Derby in better shape as they are coming off one of their best performance of the season, hanging three goals on Lazio, and have been successful in three straight matches. On the other hand, the Devil got outplayed by Spezia and has been topped three times in the last seven tilts: 0-2.
Atalanta-Napoli: the Bergamaschi pipped Cagliari at the post last week, taking home the full spoils after sharing them last week with Torino and being bested by Lazio. They have triumphed just twice in the past seven games and have not been particularly consistent at home. Despite the absences, Napoli sunk Juventus last, and the injury crisis deepened after that, but they have been rather poor on the road, dropping four of the last seven fixtures there: 3-1.
Benevento-Roma: even though they have not won in more than a month, the Sanniti have partially gotten out of the mud with three recent draws against Torino, Sampdoria and Bologna. The Giallorossi took care of business versus Udinese, as they are ones to do versus the minnows, and they could keep things going in this one as well: 0-3.
Juventus-Crotone: for the second time in 2021, the Bianconeri came a cropper in a challenging away game after they had won in three a row, but they will be an easier spot here as the Squali have been upended in in seven of their last eight matches, by Fiorentina, Genoa, Milan and Sassuolo in the last three and have never been able to win on the road: 2-0.
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