Italian Football Predictions – Round 31

Crotone-Udinese: the Squali have been in every of the last four games until the end, but they ended up losing all of them against Lazio, Bologna, Napoli and Spezia. The Friulani remain in a comfortable spot in the standing but they will surely want to get back on track after being defeated by Lazio, Atalanta and Torino: 1-2.

Sampdoria-Verona: the Blucerchiati got outplayed by Napoli last week as they were dropped for just the second time in the last six games, where they have drawn in four occasions. The Scaligeri were pipped at the post by Lazio last week, suffering the fourth L in the past five tilts: 1-1.

Cagliari-Parma: it is the last call for both sides to stage a comeback in the relegation struggle as the Sardinians have been topped four times in a row by Juventus, Spezia, Verona and Inter. The Ducali have had slightly better results lately, drawing with Benevento and upending Roma, but they have to make up more ground in the standings. The Ducali have shared the spoils in their last three away matches: 2-2.

Milan-Genoa: as it has become a trend, the Rossoneri were successful on the road as they added Parma to their list of victims, while at San Siro, they oddly have not succeeded in four bouts, tying with Udinese and Sampdoria and losing to Inter and Napoli. The Rossoblù could not keep up with Juventus in the past round and are not particularly motivated, plus they have capitulated in three of the last four away games, so the Devil will have a good opportunity to right the ship here: 2-1.

Atalanta-Juventus: a pivotal clash in the Champions League race. The Bergamaschi have prevailed in eight of their last nine matches and in the last four straight, against Spezia, Verona, Udinese and Fiorentina. The Bianconeri are coming off two home Ws in a row over Napoli and Genoa. The Orobici seem in better shape, but they have had very little success in this match-up in recent years: 2-2-

Bologna-Spezia: the Felsinei were plucky but did not find a way to score versus Inter and Roma and were narrowly beaten in both. They had taken care of business in the two previous more feasible fixtures with Sampdoria and Crotone. The Aquilotti had to dig deep but did exploit the match-ups with Cagliari and Crotone on their own turf, taking home six precious points. On the road, instead, they have stumbled four times in a row: 3-2.

Lazio-Benevento: the Biancocelesti are not exactly in helluva form, but they have prevailed with the slimmest of margin in the last four outings, nipping Crotone, Udinese, Spezia and Verona. The Sanniti were sunk by Sassuolo last Monday, but they had built some cushion thanks to the recent win over Juventus and the draw with Parma: 1-0.

Torino-Roma: the Granata have gained a ton of steam as they have come out on top in two of the last four matches against Sassuolo and Udinese and equalized with Juventus. The Giallorossi returned to winning ways after three faux-passes, one of which partial as it was a 2-2 with Sassuolo, by squeaking it out against Bologna. The midweek Ajax clash could have an impact: 1-1.

Napoli-Inter: the Partenopei quickly re-found their footing after the costly defeat against Juventus as they tamed Sampdoria away. They have triumphed in five of their last six tilts. The League leaders continue marching on as they have rattled off 11 straight wins and they could set a new record if they managed to keep it up until the end of the season. But the Azzurri have not been toppled in three months at the Maradona stadium: 1-1.

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