Susy Campanale’s Serie A column: Scudetto race wide open

Napoli and Milan club crests ahead of their Serie A fixture

It feels like nobody particularly wants to win this Scudetto, but that’s just making the Serie A title race all the more exciting. Even Juventus have closed to within seven points of the leaders and can’t be entirely ruled out either. What we do have is the joint leaders going head-to-head at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday evening and that is going to be fascinating viewing.

Tired Inter running out of steam?

Inter get the party started on Friday evening against rock bottom Salernitana, but a side that has definitely turned a corner with four straight draws, and held Milan only recently to a 2-2 result.

The Nerazzurri looked shattered in the Coppa Italia midweek and have just three stalemates in their last five competitive matches. Another setback would be a huge blow in their title ambitions and not entirely a shock either.

Hosts Napoli to get one over depleted Milan?

Napoli and Milan go into their showdown in very different moods, as the Rossoneri have slowed considerably, had a Coppa Italia semi-final midweek and very few squad rotation options.

The Partenopei have home advantage, are fresh off a morale-boosting victory away to Lazio and welcome Stanislav Lobotka back from injury. It all points towards a Napoli success story, but then that is precisely the time they have tended to stutter this season.

Goal-filled war of attrition between Roma and Atalanta?

Another fascinating clash for position is between Roma and Atalanta on Saturday evening, a duel to keep up with the top four. Rafael Toloi is suspended, but Berat Djimsiti and Merih Demiral return from their bans, while Ruslan Malinovskyi should also be back from injury.

The problems remain upfront, with Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata injured, but the way these two teams play we could see La Dea set new possession records while Roma focus entirely on the counter-attack. Both approaches could do damage, we might see plenty of goals at the Stadio Olimpico.

Juventus to grind out another three points?

Juventus quite spectacularly rode their luck against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia midweek, but then scraping results is what Max Allegri does and it’s working brilliantly for him.

A Spezia side without suspended Kelvin Amian and Jakub Kiwior ought to be no match in Turin, but don’t expect a goalfest either. The Old Lady do what they have to and nothing more.

Torino firepower key to away win?

Torino need shaking up after their surprise home defeat to Cagliari and a trip to troubled Bologna could be just the ticket. Marko Arnautovic is a major doubt to feature, so the hosts could be without a centre-forward, just as Andrea Belotti is finding his form for the Granata. Goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic could also be dropped following a finger injury, which is frankly good news for Toro.

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