After last week’s results the division started to look a little clearer at the top and bottom, but I’m predicting another weekend of shocks that will turn the division on its head again.
The game of the weekend is obviously the Milan derby. Although both teams aren’t what they used to be this season, it’s still a Milan derby and you can’t help but look forward to the two famous sides going at each other for 90 minutes. Inter are the better of the two sides this season but are still well off the pace by their standards. I Nerazzurri lie in fifth position after a defeat last time out to Napoli made the gap between them and Champions League football even bigger. Walter Mazzarri’s side will be hurting after that defeat and will be determined to get back on track and give it a real good go to try and hunt down third spot.
Their arch rivals AC Milan are even further behind Inter. Currently in tenth spot with just four wins so far this season, it’s been a woeful campaign for i Rossoneri so far, and they are looking over their shoulders rather than above them. They have struggled in all departments this season but did draw at home to Roma last time out which is encouraging for them. They certainly have the talent in the side and I have a sneaky feeling Allegri’s side may well just relish a derby and will take the win.
In a really big battle at the bottom Livorno take on Udinese. Udinese’s fall has been rapid and they are miles away from European football that they have tasted over the years. Instead, this weekend they face a crucial tie at eighteenth place Livorno and defeat will drag them right into the relegation battle. The omens are not good either, Bianconeri have won just once on their travels all season. For Livorno it’s a great chance to get out of the drop zone and drag another team into it. Don’t ask why, but I think Guidolin’s side will come up trumps this weekend and take the win. Rather than back that shock away win though, you might be better off visiting Sports Book Review and finding an alternative.
Another side threatened by relegation is Sassuolo and they host Fiorentina. Their home form is not great and with a Fiorentina side looking for Champions League football, I would expect them to take the win and land Sassuolo in even more trouble.
At the top, Roma host rock bottom Catania, a side yet to pick up a single point away from home, so that one looks like a foregone conclusion. Meanwhile, Juventus travel to an Atlanta side who are pretty decent at home having lost just once and conceded only six goals. This could be a bit of a banana skin for The Old Lady and I think the home side will take a point.
It promises to be another unpredictable week in Serie A, but keep the upsets coming, it is making for a fascinating season, that’s for sure.