Italian Football Predictions – Round 36

Napoli-Udinese: the Partenopei demolished Spezia over the weekend, taking home the fourth W in the last six rounds, where they have tied with Inter and Cagliari. The Friulani are coming off a draw with Bologna after the burning defeat with Juventus. They have won two road matches in a row, with Crotone and Benevento, but have generally struggled against elite competition: 2-0.

Cagliari-Fiorentina: the Sardinians came out on top in the monumental clash with Benevento, conquering the fourth win in the last five matches, but their work is not done yet. The Viola are in a positive stretch as they topped Lazio and Verona and shared the spoils with Juventus and Bologna in the last four contests: 1-1. 

Atalanta-Benevento: the Orobici heaped misery on Parma, and in the last 14 rounds, they have stuttered only against quality sides like Inter, Roma, and Sassuolo on the road. They should keep it going even though the Sanniti are in a desperate situation, having dropped five of the last six games: 4-1.

Bologna-Genoa: the Felsinei have been knocked down only by Atalanta in the last five matches as they have tied with Torino, Fiorentina, and Udinese and bested Spezia. The Grifone are looking for points after narrow versus Lazio and Sassuolo made them lose some precious ground in the standings: 1-1.

Inter-Roma: the Nerazzurri did not slow down despite winning the title and actually had one of their best showings of the year versus Sampdoria. On the other hand, they will face a better side still fighting for something down the stretch. As expected, the Giallorossi exploited the date with Crotone to return to winning ways after struggling in the previous four rounds, where they were torpedoed by Torino, Cagliari, and Sampdoria on the road: 3-2.

Lazio-Parma: the L against Fiorentina interrupted the Biancocelesti’s positive momentum after the victories over Milan and Genoa and will likely end up costing them a Champions League berth. They will likely breeze past the Ducali in this one, given the opponents are already relegated and capitulated in five straight matches: 3-0.

Sampdoria-Spezia: the Blucerchiati straight-up did not show up in the Inter clash and were romped even though they were in good shape with four Ws, over Verona, Crotone and Roma, in the previous five contests. The Aquilotti are in trouble after the rare home loss handed to them by Napoli and need to gain some momentum on the road as they have salvaged just one point in the last seven away games, in the most recent one in Verona: 1-1.

Sassuolo-Juventus: the Neroverdi prevailed once again versus Genoa and have been successful in five of the last six rounds, versus Benevento, Fiorentina, Milan and Genoa, dropping points only in the Atalanta bout. The Old Lady is in dire straights after faux-pas against the Rossoneri and has rarely been convincing in the last month even though they came out on top versus Udinese and Parma: 1-0.

Torino-Milan: the Granata added a little point to their cause in the Verona game, and they have been sunk only by Napoli in the last seven fixtures, equally divided between wins and draws. However, the Devil comes in with a head of steam, having toppled Benevento and especially Juventus in the last two matches, producing one of their finest displays of the season Sunday night: 1-2.

Crotone-Verona: the Squali struggled decisively against Inter and Roma, suffering the seventh and eighth defeat in the last nine games. Therefore, the Scaligeri, after two so-so home ties with Spezia and Torino, will have a swell opportunity to find the W that has eluded them since early April: 1-3.

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