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Top Four and Relegation to be Decided at San Siro

23 May 2019 | Serie A | Preview
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Top Four and Relegation to be Decided at San Siro
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We have reached the final weekend of the Italian Serie A and there is all to play for in the race for Champions League football.  On Sunday, Inter Milan host Empoli in the San Siro knowing a win would be enough to see them finish in the top four.

However, with AC Milan and Roma waiting below them, a defeat could prove very costly and Inter Milan could drop out of the top four places.  Empoli also have a big fight on their hands as they attempt to avoid relegation to Serie B.  A point could be enough but they need to win to ensure they avoid the drop.

It is going to be a big occasion at San Siro and Inter come into the match having won only one of their previous five Serie A games. The win was at home against Chievo Verona two weeks ago but last weekend they slumped to a 4-1 loss at Napoli.

In addition to the defeat at Napoli, Inter Milan have been held to a draw by Roma and Juventus at home plus Udinese away.

However, despite not winning many matches recently, Inter Milan have lost one of their last eight league games.  Home form is Serie A shows they have lost just one of their last seven on home soil but have won just one of the last five.

Inter Milan have been very good defensively, keeping ten clean sheets in their last fifteen and conceding no more than 1 goal in an individual game.

Empoli FC have been on a good run towards the end of the season as they battle to remain in Serie A. They have won each of their last three matches with the victories coming at home against Fiorentina and Torino and away to Sampdoria.

However, their overall away form has been terrible and the win at Sampdoria was their first in eighteen attempts.  They have lost fourteen of those eighteen matches and have failed to score a goal in four of the last eight.

The only thing they have going for them is that three of their last four defeats have only been by a single goal, the 2-1 and 1-0 defeats at Roma and Juventus being good examples.

Looking ahead to the team news and Inter Milan will be without injured full-back Sime Vrsaljko who has been out for some time.  Stefan de Vrij is suffering from a thigh injury and is battling to be fit for the game.

Empoli are definitely without the injured Antonino La Gumina and have doubts over the fitness of Lorenzo Polvani and Luca Antonelli.

This is going to be a very intriguing game.  We may not see many goals as both teams have not been scoring freely and prefer to try and keep things tight.  However, Inter Milan have the superior quality and should do enough to win the game.

Predictions for Serie A

Home team - Away team Forebet
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FrosinoneChievo
25/05/2019 17:00
2
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Bologna FCSSC Napoli
25/05/2019 19:30
2
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Torino FCLazio
26/05/2019 14:00
X
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SampdoriaJuventus FC
26/05/2019 17:00
2

Italy Serie A - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Juventus FC 90 38 28 6 4 70 30 40
2. SSC Napoli 79 38 24 7 7 74 36 38
3. Atalanta Bergamo 69 38 20 9 9 77 46 31
4. Inter Milano 69 38 20 9 9 57 33 24
5. AC Milan 68 38 19 11 8 55 36 19
6. AS Roma 66 38 18 12 8 66 48 18
7. Torino FC 63 38 16 15 7 52 37 15
8. Lazio 59 38 17 8 13 56 46 10
9. Sampdoria 53 38 15 8 15 60 51 9
10. Bologna FC 44 38 11 11 16 48 56 -8
11. Sassuolo Calcio 43 38 9 16 13 53 60 -7
12. Udinese Calcio 43 38 11 10 17 39 53 -14
13. SPAL 1907 42 38 11 9 18 44 56 -12
14. Parma FC 41 38 10 11 17 41 61 -20
15. Cagliari Calcio 41 38 10 11 17 36 54 -18
16. Fiorentina 41 38 8 17 13 47 45 2
17. Genoa 38 38 8 14 16 39 57 -18
18. Empoli FC 38 38 10 8 20 51 70 -19
19. Frosinone 25 38 5 10 23 29 69 -40
20. Chievo 17 38 2 14 22 25 75 -50

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