Chievo Verona were deferred again with the accusation of making false profits in several trades with Cesena as the prosecutor hopes to have solved the defect of form that prevented the case from going to trial a couple of weeks ago. Continue reading →
While the overall quality of this year’s relegated Serie A sides was relatively low, there are a number of individuals who undoubtedly have the quality to play next season in Italy’s top flight. With Parma and Empoli having already punched their Continue reading →
The final round was a fitting end to a very entertaining season.
Standings implications. Inter won the battle of Olimpico and qualified to Champions League over Lazio thanks to the head-to-head record. Milan battered Fiorentina and held onto the sixth-spot, so Atalanta will have to go through the lengthy Europa League playoffs this summer. Crotone are the third relegated team after Benevento and Hellas Verona: SPAL, Cagliari, Chievo and Udinese all ended up winning, so they would not have avoided the drop even if they had prevailed against Napoli. Continue reading →
In what will be a very nervous 90 minutes for five Serie A clubs, the fate of the third team to be relegated to Serie B will be decided today.
Currently, Crotone sit in 18th spot which resigns the club to Serie B, however, a miraculous win or perhaps even a draw can suffice to save the club and doom another of the relegation candidates to the purgatory of Italy’s 2nd division.
Only two points separate Crotone from 14th placed Chievo hence all eyes will be on the following games which will prove decisive today:
Cagliari vs Atalanta, Chievo vs Benevento, Napoli vs Crotone, SPAL vs Sampdoria, and Udinese vs Bologna
Chievo’s home game vs Benevento may prove to be the easiest since the visitors have already been relegated but then again Chievo have struggled to score goals managing a disappointing tally of 35 goals. Crotone as mentioned earlier will have the toughest task though Napoli have secured 2nd place & have little to play for though setting a new club record for most points in a single season may give some players motivation to score past Crotone.
Cagliari face a tricky home game against the battlers from Atalanta while Udinese may have enough to push past Bologna and achieve a precious win. Finally, SPAL will face a Sampdoria team which has been inconsistent in recent weeks.
No shortage of injuries and suspensions heading into the final game.
Juventus: Sami Khedira got pulled last minute against Roma due to a muscular issue and he should not be available, same for Giorgio Chiellini and Benedikt Howedes, who have been on the shelf for a while now. Massimiliano Allegri has ruled out also Juan Cuadrado. Despite what the coach said, Federico Bernardeschi is the only one not in the squad list.
Napoli: Vlad Chiriches has undergone surgery to stabilize the shoulder that has given him a lot of problems in the past few years.
Roma: Radja Nainggolan in disqualified, while Cengiz Under got a knock on the ribs and he is very questionable. Gregoire Defrel and Rick Karsdorp are out with severe injuries, Bruno Peres is doubtful with a muscular one. Alisson has some soreness in his hip flexor and will not play. Continue reading →
Let’s take a look at the most interesting games of the conclusive round.
Cagliari-Atalanta: the Sardinians are one point above Spal and Crotone and would be safe with a win, however Orobici are on the hunt for points that could allow them to leapfrog Milan and avoid the long Europa League playoff next summer. After some disappointing performances, Cagliari came to life in Florence with a key victory. The Goddess have not lost in their last seven matches. Continue reading →
There was not any large victory in the last round: while Napoli would have been a more than qualified candidate for the shout-out thanks to their two-nothing win over Sampdoria on the road, but Cagliari get it this time for their colossal result against Fiorentina. Prior to the trip to Artemio Franchi, the Sardinian had won just once in their last eight fixtures and therefore freefell in the standings. They looked doomed as they dropped to third-to-last and had a tough schedule down the stretch. However, as it often happens, desperate teams manage to pull out surprise wins in uphill matches. Continue reading →
Rather unsurprisingly, the best match of the last round was one of the few were both teams had something to fight for: Crotone-Lazio, which was exhilarating up until the final whistle.
The Sharks came into the game looking to atone for last week’s tough loss to a direct rival, Chievo Verona. On the other hand, the Biancocelesti had not lost since late February and were coming off a draw with Atalanta. Continue reading →
Welcome to the second edition of the Serie A recap.
Standings implications. Juventus are now mathematically champions, but there was no doubt about that following the previous weekend’s results. Roma had already locked up a Champions League berth before even playing thanks to Inter’s loss. The undermanned Lazio salvaged a point in Crotone and have now a three-point margin heading into next week’s showdown with the Nerazzurri. Milan qualified to Europa League, Atalanta almost certainly because they hold a three point and seven-score advantage in the goal difference over Fiorentina. Sampdoria are out of the running. Next week’s games will determine who will have to go through the exhausting playoffs starting in July. Continue reading →