As we’re heading into the business end of the season, things are starting to become more and more unpredictable in Serie A with every passing week.
Inter Milan emerged as the biggest winners from the recent set of fixtures after their 3-1 triumph over Torino enabled the Nerazzurri to move into second place on the table.
Juventus and Atalanta played out a thrilling 2-2 draw which clearly didn’t help either side, albeit the league leaders would be grateful having earned a point in a game which they clearly could have lost.
Elsewhere, Lazio succumbed to yet another demoralizing 1-2 defeat at the hands of Sassuolo which means the Eagles are now third on the standings.
The race for European berths couldn’t be any tighter and we, as fans, are in for a treat, given there’s plenty of things to look forward to in the upcoming weeks.
That being said, let’s preview the matches in gameweek 33 as Serie A nears an epic finale.
Atalanta vs Brescia (Prediction: 4-0)
Gian Piero Gasperini’s men would feel hard done as they could only share the spoils with Juventus on Sunday. But Atalanta can expect a relatively easier outing at home against Brescia this week.
The visitors were beaten comprehensively by AS Roma last week, and subsequently, they remain in 19th place on the table, an astonishing eight points away from safety. Judging by recent form, Brescia could be in for another drubbing in mid-week.
Sampdoria vs Cagliari (Prediction: 2-1)
Having defeated Udinese in gameweek 32 by a 3-1 margin, Sampdoria boosted their survival hopes in Serie A, having risen to 14th on the standings. By stark contrast, their adversaries of this week, Cagliari, played out a second consecutive 0-0 stalemate.
That being said, when the two teams meet on Wednesday night at the Luigi Ferraris, the onus will be on Sampdoria to pick up yet another home win to prolong their stay in the top division.
Cagliari, meanwhile, are 11th on the table and have little more than pride to play for in their remaining matches.
Bologna vs Napoli (Prediction: 1-2)
Both Bologna and Napoli come into gameweek 33, having drawn their respective matches lately. While Bologna shared the spoils with Parma, Napoli were held back by AC Milan.
As a consequence, the Partenopei remain in sixth place on the Serie A standings, while Bologna are in 10th place.
This, in turn, means the upcoming game between these two teams has the makings of an entertaining game and the impetus will be on the visitors, who are eyeing a place in the Europa League next season.
AC Milan vs Parma (Prediction: 2-1)
After consecutive matches against Juventus and Napoli, AC Milan can expect an easier outing in their next home assignment versus Parma. While the hosts are still in seventh place after their recent draw with Napoli, Parma dropped down to 12th place.
Judging by current form, Milan come into the fixture better equipped for this challenge, and therefore, the Rossoneri should be able to see out this game and pick up all three points to finish in the last Europa League qualification spot.
Lecce vs Fiorentina (Prediction: 0-0)
After a statement win over Lazio, Lecce could only play out a 0-0 draw with Cagliari in gameweek 32, and next on their agenda will be Fiorentina, who played a second consecutive draw recently, at home to Hellas Verona.
As a result, Lecce remain in 18th place, needing just one point to climb out of relegation berths. La Viola, on the other hand, are still in 13th place on the Serie A standings, after an underwhelming run of results in recent weeks.
Keeping in mind the struggles of both these teams, we expect them to play out a drab 0-0 draw at the Via del Mare.
Sassuolo vs Juventus (Prediction: 0-1)
Juventus survived a major scare against Atalanta but the 2-2 draw enabled them to maintain daylight between themselves and the chasing pack. Sassuolo, meanwhile, downed Lazio last week to take extend their winning streak to four games.
That being said, the Neroverdi will be expected to have a hard time against the Old Lady. The Serie A leaders have been winning, albeit without conviction, but they wouldn’t be too bothered as long as they remain at the summit.
AS Roma vs Hellas Verona (Prediction: 1-1)
The Giallorossi will welcome Hellas Verona to the Stadio Olimpico in gameweek 33, hoping to keep the momentum going and keep hold of the fifth place in the Serie A standings. The visitors come into this fixture on the back of their second consecutive draw in the league.
As a consequence, Verona will be hoping to rise up from ninth on the table, although AS Roma will be no pushovers.
After a three-game losing streak, the hosts have won two matches on the trot, and we expect a close game between these two teams on Wednesday night.
Udinese vs Lazio (Prediction: 0-1)
The game against Udinese couldn’t have come at a better time for Lazio, who were just one point behind Juventus when Serie A resumed after the coronavirus-enforced break. But the Eagles find themselves eight points behind the league leaders now.
Having lost three games on the trot, Lazio will be hoping to take advantage of Udinese, who have been equally inconsistent in recent weeks.
The hosts are currently in 15th on the standings, just five points above relegation places. Understandably, Udinese cannot afford any more slip-ups, and the game against Lazio is a must-win for the home side.
Torino vs Genoa (Prediction: 1-0)
The penultimate fixture of gameweek 33 will see 16th-placed Torino welcome 17th-placed Genoa to the Olimpico di Torino later this week.
Only four points separate the two teams currently, although the impetus will be on the visitors, who are hovering just above the relegation berths. Genoa are walking a tight-rope now and all of their matches from here will be must-wins if they want to stay in Serie A.
Torino, meanwhile, need a couple more wins to salvage their season, starting with a win on Thursday night.
SPAL vs Inter Milan (Prediction: 0-1)
The Nerazzurri have endured tumultuous times of late, but their recent win over Torino on Monday night helped Inter rise up to second place on the table.
Next up for Antonio Conte’s men is an away game against bottom-placed SPAL. The hosts suffered a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Genoa, and if they are to kick-start a miraculous comeback to prolong their stay in the top-flight, now is the time.