In most matches, one or both teams have nothing to play for, which makes things tougher.
Cagliari-Genoa: the Sardinians have stayed undefeated for seven bouts, where they have defeated Parma, Udinese, Roma, and Benevento and shared the spoils with Napoli, Fiorentina, and Milan. They are surely in better shape than the Liguri, who picked up just three points (against Bologna) in the last four rounds, losing to Lazio, Sassuolo, and Atalanta: 2-1.
Crotone-Fiorentina: the Squali have picked up two positive results in a row for just the second time in the season, as they knocked down Verona and tied with Benevento. The Viola came a cropper against Napoli after a string of results, as they had drawn and betean Verona and Lazio: 2-2.
Sampdoria-Parma: the Blucerchiati grabbed their fourth win in the last seven rounds thanks to PK against Udinese. They were bested by Sassuolo and Inter away and equalized with Spezia at home in their other recent games. The Ducali have suffered eight straight losses, the last three coming against Atalanta, Lazio, and Sassuolo: 2-0.
Inter-Udinese: the streak of the Nerazzurri came to an end against Juventus after 20 games where they had avoided an L. The Friulani are not closing the year well as they have been knocked out in three of the last four fixtures, by the Old Lady, Napoli, and Sampdoria, and in seven of the last ten: 3-1.
Atalanta-Milan: the Orobici clinched a Champions League berth by topping Genoa last week, taking home the third straight W after those versus Parma and Benevento and the eighth in the last 11 fixtures, where they have never lost. The Rossoneri failed to do the same as they could work their way around Cagliari despite coming in with a head of steam following the impressive wins over Benevento, Juventus, and Torino: 2-2.
Bologna-Juventus: the Felsinei have not won in six rounds, where they have tied with Torino, Fiorentina, Udinese, and Verona and were bested by Atalanta and Bologna. The Bianconeri bounced back big time after the collapse against Milan, torpedoing Sassuolo and Inter despite the good momentum of the opponents: 1-3.
Napoli-Verona: the Partenopei will look to finish the job after prevailing in three past three tilts, over Spezia, Udinese, and Fiorentina, and in six of the last eight. The Scaligeri have slightly improved as they have tied with Spezia, Torino, and Bologna after a streak of Ls, but they have all come at home, while they have been gunned down in three straight on the road: 3-0.
Sassuolo-Lazio: the Neroverdi breezed past Parma to notch the sixth win in the last eight rounds, where they have been slowed down only by Atalanta and Juventus. The Biancocelesti put in a decent effort in the makeup game but did not manage to down Torino, while they had capitulated versus Roma in the Derby over the weekend: 2-1.
Spezia-Roma: the Aquilotti completed their remarkable campaign by destroying Torino in a key match-up last week. They have been edged only by Napoli in their last eight home fixtures. The Giallorossi defeated Crotone and Lazio in the last two home matches and still need points to fend off Sassuolo, but they have not come out on top in six consecutive road matches, dropping five of them: 3-3.
Torino-Benevento: Tuesday’s result, unfortunately, removes a great deal of drama in this game, as the Granata have been very wobbly recently given the drubbings handed to them by Milan and Spezia. However, the Sanniti dug up their own grave with six losses in the last eight rounds and a highly disappointing draw with Crotone last week: 0-0.
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