Susy Campanale’s Serie A Column: Mourinho shakes up Scudetto battle

Inter and Roma club crests

The Scudetto race really is going down to the wire, although Napoli appear to have fallen by the wayside after yet again choking at the key moments. It’s a Milan Derby at the top and the Rossoneri are grateful it won’t be decided by their head-to-head in the Coppa Italia, which saw Inter emerge 3-0 winners on Tuesday. The Nerazzurri face Jose Mourinho’s Roma on Saturday, while Milan visit unpredictable Lazio. Juventus have to step up their game for the trip to Sassuolo and there’s a massive relegation dogfight between…

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Inter vs. Roma Tips, Preview and Predictions

Inter and Roma club crests

Defending Serie A champions Inter welcome fifth-place Roma at San Siro in a crucial clash for the Scudetto battle on Saturday afternoon. Simone Inzaghi’s men are currently second, trailing by two points behind Milan, but the Nerazurri are coming off a huge 3-0 victory over their arch-rivals in the Copppa Italia semi-final, so momentum will be on their side against a solid Roma team that drew 1-1 away to Napoli last week. Where and when: San Siro – 23 April, kick-off 17:00 Where you can see Inter vs. Roma: BT…

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Empoli vs. Napoli Tips, Preview and Predictions

Napoli’s faint scuedtto hopes are hanging by a thread after conceding a stoppage time equalizer to Roma at home last weekend. That left the Partenopei four points behind Milan at the top of the table with just five games to play. This Sunday they travel to Empoli with the hope of staying in touch at the top. Where and when: Stadio Carlo Castellani – 24 April, kick-off 14:00 Where you can see Empoli vs. Napoli: Last time: Napoli traditionally enjoy playing Empoli but lost 1-0 at the Stadio Diego Armando…

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Lazio vs. Milan Tips, Preview and Predictions

Lazio will probably need to beat Milan on Sunday if they are to claim a place in next season’s Champions League. But, with Milan chasing the scudetto, taking all three points will be a tough task for the Aquile. This promises to be a close fight at the Stadio Olimpico. Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 24 April, kick-off 19:45 Where you can see Lazio vs. Milan: BT Sport Last time: Milan has enjoyed playing against Lazio this season, winning 2-0 at the San Siro earlier in the campaign and…

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Inter vs. Milan Tips, Preview and Predictions

Inter and Milan club crests ahead of their Serie A fixture

The Derby Della Madonina battle for the Scudetto is fully on, but Inter and Milan will also fight for a place in the Coppa Italia final, as the two giants meet in the second leg of their semi-final at San Siro. The first game ended in a goalless draw with the Rossoneri being the hosts, which means that Stefano Pioli’s men have advantage ahead of Tuesday’s clash, thanks to the away goal rule that’s still valid in the competition. Where and when: San Siro – 19 April, kick-off 20:00 Where…

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Juventus vs. Fiorentina Tips, Preview and Predictions

Juventus and Fiorentina club crests

Juventus and Fiorentina meet at the Allianz Stadium for this Coppa Italia semifinal second leg, with the home side holding a slender advantage. La Viola were the better team in the first game but fell to a stoppage time own goal. Can they turn this tie around in Turin? Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 20 April, kick-off 20:00 Where you can see Juventus vs. Fiorentina: Premier Sports Last time: That first leg victory for Juventus was the last time these two met. But the Bianconeri also won their Serie…

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Napoli vs. Roma Tips, Preview and Predictions

Roma will be looking to maintain a challenge for a top four finish by taking all three points from their visit to the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Monday. Napoli have struggled at home against the better teams this season but need a win to keep in touch at the top. Where and when: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona – 18 April, kick-off 18:00 Where you can see Napoli vs. Roma: BT Sport Last time: It was a goalless draw earlier in the season when these two met at the Stadio…

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Susy Campanale’s Serie A column: Easter surprises

Milan and Genoa club crests

When the title race gets this tight, momentum becomes the key and it is evaporating rapidly from two of the Scudetto contenders. Milan look like they’re running out of steam, crawling along with a series of 1-0 wins followed by back-to-back goalless draws, while Napoli move in fits and starts, crashing the moment they are in a position to really surge. Inter already had their crisis in February and March, yet with a game in hand are still in reach of top spot and have a simpler run-in than their…

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Juventus vs. Bologna Tips, Preview and Predictions

Juventus and Bologna club crests

Juventus welcome Bologna at Allianz Stadium in a crucial Serie A clash in the fight for top four. The Bianconeri are just six points off first place, but with only six games to go Max Allegri’s men must focus on securing Champions League football next term, while Bologna are looking at another comfortable mid-table finish. Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 16 April, kick-off 17:30 Where you can see Juventus vs. Bologna: BT Sport, Bet365 Live streaming Last time: Alvaro Morata and Juan Cuadrado scored the goals, as Juventus beat…

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Spezia vs. Inter Tips, Preview and Predictions

Spezia and Inter club crests

Reigning Serie A champions Inter continue their title defence on Friday evening, when they travel to Liguria for a clash against Spezia. The Nerazurri will lift the trophy once again if they win all of their remaining games, while the Aquilotti hold are healthy 11 points lead above the danger zone and are almost certain to keep their place in Italy’s top flight. Where and when: Alberto Picco – 15 April, kick-off 18:00 Where you can see Spezia vs. Inter: BT Sport, Bet365 Live streaming Last time: Roberto Gagliardini’s early…

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