The 2019-20 Serie A campaign will draw to a close this weekend as the top-flight clubs are set to play the last fixtures of an action-packed but unusual season.
The champions of Italy have already been crowned after Juventus defeated Samsapdoria 2-0 last weekend to secure their ninth consecutive Serie A title. On the other end of the table, SPAL and Brescia were relegated to Serie B after a series of torrid performances in the country’s elite division.
However, there are still a number of key battles set to take place in the final game-week of the season. Inter Milan, Atalanta and Lazio are still fighting for the runners-up position, with all three clubs keen on finishing the campaign in the highest possible spot.
Meanwhile, Lecce and Genoa, who are only separated by a single point at 18th and 17th place, will give it their all to avoid getting demoted to the second tier of Italian football.
Without further ado, let us take a look at what gameweek 38 of Serie A has in store for us.
Brescia vs Sampdoria (Prediction: 0-2)
Already-relegated Brescia will play host to Sampdoria at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti on Saturday in their final Serie A game for a while. The hosts have nothing to play for as they were demoted to Serie B following a 3-1 defeat to Lecce over a week ago.
Meanwhile, the visitors, who are at 15th place and already assured of a Serie A place next season, will be looking to end their three-game losing streak – against Genoa, Juventus and AC Milan – to end their campaign on a good note.
AC Milan vs Cagliari (Prediction: 2-0)
AC Milan welcome Cagliari to the San Siro on Saturday but will have to be resigned to a sixth-placed finish in Serie A as a change in position is mathematically impossible for them at this point in the season.
Meanwhile, Cagliari are 13th on the standings and could finish as high as 10th if they secure a win against Stefano Pioli’s men. Walter Zenga’s side will surely be confident heading into the encounter after securing a 2-0 win over domestic champions Juventus in their previous fixture.
Atalanta vs Inter Milan (Prediction: 2-1)
The Serie A runner-up spot will be up for grabs when Atalanta and Inter Milan go head to head at the Gewiss Stadium on Saturday in what is considered the marquee fixture of the weekend.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s men are third on the standings, a single point away from the second-placed Nerazzurri, and will be aiming to finish second in Serie A for the first time in their history.
Meanwhile, the runner-up spot is equally as important for Antonio Conte’s men as it will represent their best finish in the Italian top flight since the 2010-11 season and will serve as consolation for falling short in the title race.
Juventus vs Roma (Prediction: 2-2)
Serie A champions Juventus will bring the curtain down on yet another title-winning domestic campaign when they welcome AS Roma to the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
While the Bianconeri secured their ninth consecutive Scudetto after a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria last weekend, the Giallorossi are assured of a fifth-placed finish in the top flight following a 3-2 win over Torino in midweek.
Napoli vs Lazio (Prediction: 1-3)
Lazio will also have their eyes on a second-place finish when they travel to the San Paolo Stadium to take on Napoli on Saturday night. The visitors are currently fourth on the standings, a single point behind second-placed Inter Milan, and will be aiming to tip the scales in their favour should the Nerazzurri draw with Atalanta on the same night.
Meanwhile, the Naples-based hosts will finish seventh in the league regardless of the result but they are unlikely to feel too bad about it as they have already secured Europa League football by beating Juventus to win the Coppa Italia last month.
SPAL vs Fiorentina (Prediction: 0-2)
SPAL will play host to Fiorentina at the Stadio Paolo Mazza on Sunday but will have little to play for as they were relegated to Serie B after a 2-1 defeat to Brescia almost two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Giuseppe Iachini’s men, who sit tenth on the Serie A points table, will be keen on securing all three points from the fixture to guarantee a top-half finish for themselves this season.
Bologna vs Torino (Prediction: 1-0)
Like Fiorentina, Bologna have the chance to finish their campaign in the top half of the Serie A table when they welcome Torino to the to Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on Sunday night. The hosts currently sit 12th on the standings and are level on points with 11-placed Parma and 10th-placed Fiorentina.
Torino, on the other hand, currently occupy 16th place on the points table and will be keen on ending their nine-game winless run away from home, with nothing else to play for this season.
Genoa vs Verona (Preadiction: 1-2)
Genoa will be looking to avoid getting dropped to Serie B when they host Verona at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on Sunday night. The hosts are 17th on the standings and are only a single point away from the final relegation spot, currently occupied by Lecce.
Verona, on the other hand, currently occupy ninth place on the standings and have nothing to play for as they look set for a top-half finish after securing a 3-0 victory over SPAL in midweek.
Lecce vs Parma (Prediction: 1-2)
There is plenty at stake for Lecce when they play host to Parma at the Stadio Via del Mare on Sunday as they need three points to keep their survival hopes in Serie A alive. Fabio Liverani’s men currently occupy the final relegation spot, a point away from 17th-placed Genoa, who will take on Verona in a crucial game that will also determine who gets demoted to Serie B.
Meanwhile, Parma are 11th on the standings and have very little to play for as they are well-positioned for a mid-table finish this season.
Sassuolo vs Udinese (Prediction: 2-1)
Roberto De Zerbi will be looking to win his first game against Udinese as a Serie A manager when Sassuolo welcome the Udine-based club to the Mapei Stadium on Sunday. The hosts appear destined for an eighth-placed finish in the league this season, although Verona do sit two points behind them at ninth place.
Meanwhile, Udinese are currently in 14th place and have nothing much to play for other than to equal their best Serie A points tally (45), which they previously accrued in the 2016-17 season.