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PREVIEW: Champions Napoli descend on Bologna as relegated Sampdoria host Sassuolo and more in Serie A’s week 37

As we head into this exciting round of fixtures with the Serie A already wrapped up, teams are still fighting for those European spots, the relegation battle is still on, and some are just looking to finish the season on a positive note.


As we head into this exciting round of fixtures with the Serie A already wrapped up, teams are still fighting for those European spots, the relegation battle is still on, and some are just looking to finish the season on a positive note.

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Friday 26 May

11/4 Sampdoria | Draw 26/10 | Sassuolo 19/20 (20:45)

Sampdoria come into this fixture on the back of a heavy defeat to AC Milan, going down 5-1. La Samp stays rooted to the bottom of the table with 18 points from 36 games and its just a matter of time until they get the relegation axe.

Sassuolo have not been the same hardworking efficient team they once were this season but have done enough to keep themselves safe from being drawn into the relegation dogfight, and now have a chance to bounce back with a win after a dismal defeat at home in their previous fixture. Sassuolo are tipped to win.

Saturday 27 May

18/10 Salernitana | Draw 5/2 | Udinese 15/10 (15:00)

Salernitana must stay motivated and use these remaining fixtures to give their selves the best possible finish for the season. They have a good record on their home patch with two wins and three draws in their previous five fixtures and will look to continue this record when they welcome Udinese to the Stadio Arechi stadium.

Udinese have been very poor on their travels in recent weeks and currently occupy 12th spot after 36 games. The Bianconeri have the chance to change that poor form when they travel to the city of Salerno and show their superiority to come away with maximum points. Both clubs have done enough to stay away from relegation, but Udinese are a better team at the moment. Back them to win.

29/20 Spezia | Draw 9/4 | Torino 39/20 (15:00)

Spezia are living dangerous late on in the season and sit just one point away from the relegation zone. With home ground advantage, Leonardo Semplici will urge his players to stay focused on the job at hand and make it as difficult as possible to stay clear of the drop.

Torino have been exceptional on the road in their previous five fixtures with four wins and a single draw. Arnaldo Sanabria will be looking to add to his goal tally of 12 goals this season when his side travel to relegation-threatened Spezia. Spezia have it all to play for in surviving relegation, but I think Torino will be too strong on the day.

15/10 Fiorentina | Draw 23/10 | Roma 19/10 (18:00)

Fiorentina still have a lot of football left to play and must maintain their focus and professionalism in order to finish in the top half of the table and more importantly for the build to the UEFA Europa Conference final which will be the perfect reward to an underperforming season.

Roma have slipped down the pecking order and their form on the road is nothing to write home about. “The Special One” will know the importance of winning these final fixtures in order to keep the enthusiasm and unity in the camp as the road to the Europa Final is just around the corner. Since Fiorentina have bigger things to worry about other than the league, I give Roma the win away from home.

8/10 Inter Milan | Draw 29/10 | Atalanta 32/10 (20:45)

Inter Milan showed some signs of fatigue against a strong Napoli team as they went down to 10 men in the first half, with Roberto Gagliardini shown the red card after a second yellow card offence. Simone Inzaghi will be hard at work motivating his players, and determination will be key for Milan at this crucial stage of the season as the biggest game off the season is just on the horizon when they face Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final.

Atalanta have not been able to break into the Champions League spot yet again but still have a chance to claim that last European spot. Atalanta will look to put Inter Milan under pressure early on and take control of the game as they look for maximum points away from home. Inter Milan have a lot to play for and winning matches will be key for what is to come, back them to win.

Sunday 28 May

8/10 Verona | Draw 11/4 | Empoli 7/2 (12:30)

Verona are currently in a relegation dogfight and one point from safety. These final two fixtures of the season will be taken as two finals as the team from Veneto look to pull off an upset and survive the relegation axe.

Empoli at this stage of the season are just looking to finish the season off on a positive note and build on for next season. They sit 14th with 39 points after 36 games, just enough to keep them above the relegation zone. Verona will be in front of their home fans with a lot on the line; Verona for the win.

49/20 Bologna | Draw 24/10 | Napoli 12/10 (15:00)

Bologna will be flying high on confidence after thrashing Cremonese 5-1 away from home in their previous fixture. Thiago Motta will demand the same performance and intensity from his team going into this fixture and make life hard for Napoli in front of their home fans.

Napoli have by far been the best team in Italy this season and have been rewarded with the Scudetto after 33 years. Napoli have not taken their foot off the peddle and Luciano Spalletti will look to dominate and come away with another three points after they brushed off Inter Milan 3-1 in their previous fixture. Napoli will flex their muscles away from home and come away with all three points.

16/10 Monza | Draw 22/10 | Lecce 37/20 (15:00)

Monza find themselves in the top half of the table punching way above their weight this season thanks to the hard work and dedication they have shown. Monza will look for another top performance as they look to add Lecce to their list of casualties.

Lecce are bringing it down to fine margins late on in the season, sitting just three points clear of the relegation zone. Form has been the achilleas hill for Lecce having drawn just one game out of five away games, scoring three goals and conceding seven. A mammoth performance will be on the cards for Lecce as they look to avoid relegation. Monza will be too difficult to break down in front of their home fans. Monza are tipped to claim maximum points.

2/7 Lazio | Draw 48/10 | Cremonese 10/1 (18:00)

Lazio have qualified for Champions League football for next season and will remain professional in their approach to these final fixtures of the season. The Rome-based club will look to add more pressure on Cremonese as three points are up for grabs.

Cremonese will need a miracle to avoid relegation this season. The loss to Bologna last time out will be damaging to their confidence but there are still six points to play for as they drop the curtain to a disappointing season. It will be just another day in the office for Lazio who are tipped to win comfortably.

27/20 Juventus | Draw 47/20 | AC Milan 21/10 (20:45)

Juventus have managed to revive their season after being given back the points that was deducted from them earlier in the season and currently hold second place and more importantly qualify for Champions League football for next season. Allegri will want to get one back on AC Milan after they came off short in the reverse fixture.

AC Milan have a outside chance of finishing in the top four and a chance to qualify for Champions League football after they were eliminated by city rivals Inter Milan. Raphael Leao will be the man to trouble the home side with his incredible ability with a massive three points on the line. Exciting matchup with a lot of history behind this fixture; I give this one to AC Milan.

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