Friday 2nd December

19.45 GMT – Napoli (7th) v Inter Milan (8th)

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Saturday 3rd December

19.45 GMT – Juventus (1st) v Atalanta (5th)

Just the one game on Saturday, with league leaders and current champions Juventus take on the form team in Serie A – Atalanta, who find themselves just 5 points behind the current leaders. This will be one of the toughest matches so far this season for both sides, with Juventus’ undoubted quality providing a serious threat to Atalanta’s astonishing 8-game winning streak (the current best streak of any side in Europe’s top 5 leagues).

However, Juventus are in severe trouble defensively as their loss in Genoa could have a massive implication on the rest of their season – both Bonucci and Dani Alves suffered injuries which will keep them out for a long time (Bonucci will be out for nearly 2 months  and Alves faces a fight to play again this season after suffering a minor leg break), meaning that Allegri will have to make do without 3 of his 5 first choice defenders for the time being (Barzagli is also sidelined).

What Juventus do have though, is incredible strength in depth. If Allegri still plays 5 at the back, he will most likely play with:

Alex Sandro —- Chiellini – Benatia – Rugani —- Lichtsteiner

Which isn’t all that bad for a load of backups.

Prediction: Juve will feel they have a point to prove, and they do have a very good home record (23 straight Serie A wins), as well as a great record against Atalanta – they’ve scored in the last 27 meetings, and won the last 12. Juventus 3-1 Atalanta.

Sunday 4th December

11.30 GMT – AC Milan (3rd) v Crotone (19th)

AC Milan have the easiest fixture of any of the title challengers this matchday, as they welcome minnows Crotone to the San Siro. This is the first league meeting between the two sides and with the way Crotone’s season is going, there may only be one more after this one for a while.

Prediction: Milan are on a very good run, with just 1 defeat in their last 11 games, and with Crotone having lost 6 out of their 7 away games so far (including one at San Siro to Inter) it’s hard to look past a Milan win. AC Milan 4-0 Crotone

14.00 GMT – Lazio v Roma

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14.00 GMT – Pescara (18th) v Cagliari (12th)

Pescara are yet to win a match themselves so far this season – their only 3 points came against Sassuolo, but this was due to their opponents fielding an ineligble player (so Pescara got a 3-0 win).

They may never have a better chance than today to end that record, as they face a Cagliari side who just can’t stop conceding goals – their 31 conceded so far is the worst in the league!

Cagliari have had a fairly poor run themselves, with just one win in their last 5 games, and have a few of their (admittedly poorly performing) defenders missing for this game.

Prediction: As much as Cagliari are poor defensively, it’s hard to see them losing to a side who haven’t properly won a game in the league yet. Pescara 1-1 Cagliari

14.00 GMT – Sampdoria (11th) v Torino (6th)

Joe Hart’s temporary club Torino are a team in form. They are unbeaten in their last 4 league games, winning the most recent 3. They have also managed to smash in a mighty 31 goals already – the second highest in Serie A after Roma (33).

In this game though, they take on another team who are unbeaten in 4 games. But unlike Torino, Sampdoria struggle for goals having only scored more than once in 4 of their league games this season – winning 3 of those.

Prediction: This game really hinges on which Sampdoria turn up. If the in form Sampdoria turn up, then they can pose Torino some problems. If not, it will be a long afternoon. Sampdoria 1-2 Torino

14.00 GMT – Sassuolo (16th) v Empoli (17th)

A relegation six pointer? Probably not, but both sides should be disappointed with their current positions after strong midtable finishes in recent seasons.

Sassuolo have really struggled to deal with an adventure in the Europa League, as they don’t have the squad to play so frequently. Now they’ve been eliminated from the Europa League, they should start climbing the table.

Empoli on the other hand, show no signs of improvement yet, having hit a measly 7 goals in the league so far – yet somehow aren’t in the relegation zone.

Prediction: Empoli are struggling for goals, so I think Sassuolo will keep a rare clean sheet in a fairly routine victory. Sassuolo 2-0 Empoli

19.45 GMT – Fiorentina (9th) v Palermo (20th)

Fiorentina will want to bounce back from the disappointment of the result against Inter on Monday, but may find it not so easy against a Palermo side now onto their third manager of the season (yes, really).

After a 7 game losing streak, Palermo’s owner snapped and fired his second manager this season. The newest person charged with turning the mess around is Eugenio Corini.

But away to Fiorentina is a tough ask for a first game, so Fiorentina will be hoping to capitalise on this as they hope to start turning some of their performances into a few more wins.

Prediction: Although the New Manager Effect didn’t work on the last incumbent of the Palermo role, it surely can’t fail twice so expect at least an improved performance, if not an improved result. Fiorentina 2-1 Palermo

Monday 5th December

18.00 GMT – Chievo (13th) v Genoa (10th)

Genoa face a big ask in this game, as the pressure on them has increased massively off the back of their surprise win against Juventus.

What surprised people was less the fact that they won (that had been coming), but the fact they put 3 goals past a normally reliable Juventus defence.

They may not be at full fitness after extra time in their Coppa Italia game during midweek, a game which most of their first teamers were involved in.

For Chievo, their poor form is starting to see them slide down the table – only one win in 5 games for them now. By contrast to Genoa, they had a comfortable 3-0 win in the Coppa Italia, and are usually a good bet on home turf.

Prediction: Difficult to know if Genoa can repeat last weeks heroics, especially after needing extra time to beat a Serie B side in the cup. Chievo 1-1 Genoa

20.00 GMT – Udinese (15th) v Bologna (14th)

The final game of the matchday sees two struggling sides square off. Bologna are a point ahead of Udinese at the moment, following a poor run of form from the home side – winless in four games now.

That said, Bologna aren’t faring much better with only one win in their last six and a disappointing result last time out.

Prediction: I can’t see either side ending their poor form here. Udinese 0-0 Bologna

NB. All league positions are correct prior to Napoli vs Inter

See our review of the last matchday by clicking here