Serie A Match Previews: Match Week 31

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Updated: March 27, 2014
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Bologna vs. Atalanta

Match Date: 29 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stadio Renato Della`Ara

(Featured image: Atalanta | Source: forzaitalianfootball.com)

 

Anxious of the possibility of nose diving into the table’s bottom three, Bologna clinched a vital home win at Cagliari 1-0 on weekend to keep them in safety. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos’ 78th-minute penalty was the only goal the side needed to seal the victory and move Bologna two points above the relegation zone. The win was Davide Ballardini’s men’s first in five league games while Cagliari were moored to a second consecutive defeat.

 

Four more points and Atalanta might just scour a berth in the Europa League. The side are currently at number seven, which means that their impending results would be very crucial for them to obtain the EUFA seeding. The trend does look good for Stefano Colantuono’s lads and it will not be long enough before they could pull off a top six position. In fact, they have been undefeated for six straight weeks.

 

Football betting tip: Atalanta, with a possible two-goal lead, will earn all three points.

 

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AC Milan vs. Chievo Verona

Match Date: 29 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

 

While still a few points ahead of the bottom three, Milan and Chievo are demonstrating some difficulties that may actually necessitate them to act more carefully before they could end up in or near the relegation spots. The sides’ inconsistencies are very well pronounced and poor results (especially Chievo’s) have solicited a good portion of their league streaks. Milan’s goal difference was reduced to 1 goal after they conceded two to Roma while Chievo are still in a tall order of turning around a -17 deficit. Both squads have slim chances at earning a spot in next season’s EUFA tournaments but staying in the Italian top-flight football might sound more plausible and achievable.

 

Sports betting tip: Expect Milan and Chievo to hold each other in a draw.

 

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Roma

Sassuolo vs. AS Roma

Match Date:  30 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Città del Tricolore

(Featured image: Roma | Source: sportsworldnews.com)

 

Time for some reality check for Sassuolo: going back to Serie B is almost sealed. The side would likely return to the second-tier division of the Italian football after they obtained back-to-back defeats from their most recent matches. The latest one, against Sampdoria, saw them shed frustration on the turf of their very own home. Resilience is key to Eusebio Di Francesco’s men’s survival in the top-flight competition, but even in this department they are having a hard time making both ends meet. They are only one point adrift of the table’s foot and are facing a bizarre challenge of turning around a -30 goal difference.

 

Roma may no longer have the significant opportunity to rule Serie A over as current frontrunners Juventus are already 14 points ahead of them; however, securing a place in next season’s Champions League remains highly doable. The second placers have done very well in their last three fixtures, which yielded strong responses to their goalless results two matches earlier. Rudi Garcia’s lads raised the silverware against Udinese 3-2, Chievo 0-2, and Torino 2-1.

 

Online betting tip: Roma will easily dominate the scoring and may even end the battle with a clean sheet.

 

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Hellas Verona vs. Genoa

Match Date: 30 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stadio Marc`Antonio Bentegodi

 

Verona’s rise in the earlier parts of the competition might have seemed a travesty in relation to the entire picture. This is after they began dwindling in the table when they suffered successive defeats from their Serie A opponents. The last four weeks have particularly been very tragic for the side as they incurred one of their worst streaks in ever. All those matches ended up deprived of goals and saw them fall freely into the table’s more chaotic spots. They are currently at number 10, six places below their best position in season (which they achieved on match week eight.

 

Genoa, meanwhile, are slowly recovering from the landslide disasters they incurred from Chievo and Juventus. Their battle against Parma ended relatively well and gave them one point. Most recently, they gained a crucial win over Lazio, helping them reestablish hopes of going back to the top half. At number 13, the troupe would need a victory for them to fully return to the top 10.

 

Football betting tip: Genoa have the better recent results but Verona are hungry for retaliation. Expect this meeting to conclude in a draw.

 

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Lazio vs. Parma

Match Date: 30 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stadio Olimpico

(Featured image: Parma | Source: sportsmole.co.uk)

 

Lazio’s hopes of playing in the Europa League’s next season were painfully subdued after Genoa inflicted them a defeat by clean sheet. Alberto Gilardino and Ioannis Fetfatzidis’ goals proved hard to equalize for the Edoardo Reja side. Lazio were already having a difficult time turning the deficit around when bad things went even worse. Late in the fixture, Cristian Ledesma was put to the sidelines after receiving a red card. They are now one spot lower than their last week’s position at number seven.

 

Having had to confront the frontrunners Juventus, Parma seemed too overwhelmed by the challenge that they failed to earn at least one point. Their nine-match unbeaten run was put to tatters after Carlos Tevez delivered a brace and dominated the battle for Juventus. As a result, Roberto Donadoni’s men returned to the sixth spot and share identical number of points (47) with fifth placers Inter.

 

Sports betting tip: Parma will go back to their winning ways by thumping Lazio on a narrow lead.