And so the end is near and now we face the final curtain. That’s right folks it is the last of my European blog’s for this season. It will be a long two months until we meet again but to help you with the withdrawal symptoms we inevitably face after the football season ends, here are some tips for this weekend’s final round of fixtures in Serie A.
Crotone v Lazio 21/20 home win.
Going into the final game of the season the real drama will be surrounding the fight for relegation. For a long time it seemed Crotone were destined for a swift return to Serie B, however, one loss in April and May has given them a fighting chance and although they need results to go there way I see them winning this one.
Throw in the fact Keita and Senad Lulic will be both be suspended for Lazio which means a combined total of 19 goals and 12 assists will be in the stands and a home victory becomes even more probable. Click here for the 21/20 odds.
Torino v Sassuolo Away win both teams to score 5/1
Many in England were outraged that Joe Hart was so heartlessly cast away by Pep Guaridola and replaced by uber flop Claudio Bravo. Joe Hart’s arrival in Italy began with joy but has ended in sadness. With five clean sheets this season and only one in 2017, perhaps Pep wasn’t wrong about Joe. Or perhaps he still hasn’t gotten over the wretched European Championship that he had last summer but I digress. This weekend Torino’s final home game is against the second most in form team in Italy.
Sassuolo have managed 14 points from their last six games including a draw against free scoring Napoli, a win over Inter Milan and a 6-2 pulverising of Cagliari in their last game. Torino looked finished after the controversial draw against local rivals Juventus and since then lost to Napoli at home 0-5 and lost last week to 16th place Genoa. For that reason I am backing an away win with both teams to score.
On top of that I’ve gone for Andrea Belotti to score at any time, it’s 7/10 so very likely as he is the outsider for top scorer this season. Will have his shooting boots on for sure.
Cagliari v AC Milan Home win 13/5
After getting their first win from six against Bologna last weekend, Milan confirmed Europa League football for next season due to Juventus winning the Coppa Italia and runners up Lazio also finishing in the Europa League places. It was their last home game before the Chinese owners give Vincenzo Montella millions upon millions to spend to try and make Milan a force in European football once more.
Until then they have one more away game to play against Cagliari. The home side this Sunday have won three on the bounce at home and in the final home game of the season, playing against a team with nothing to play for, the home team will be enjoying a festival atmosphere. At 13/5 this has to be snapped up, click here to do so.
TJ’s Italian Acca.
For my final acca of the 2016/17 season I have gone for a combination of certainties and a more left field choice in a certain goalscorer. Final fixture weekend always has one or two crazy results and in Italy it’s no different.
Mattia Destro to score anytime – Bologna face Juventus in their final home game of the season and will want to end on a high. The likeliness of victory is higher due to Juventus’ impending date with Real Madrid in Cardiff meaning a number of key players will be rested but that won’t make this any easier for Bologna. Mattia Destro has eleven in total this season with four in his last two home games. Expect him to get a goal this Sunday.
Roma v Genoa over 3.5 goals – Roma have managed 87 goals this season with Edin Dzeko, yes that Edin Dzeko, scoring 28 in the league. With the top goalscorer title in his sights he will want to make sure of it against a Genoa team who secured top flight status last weekend and will no doubt be on the beach with pina colada in hand, metaphorically speaking but you never know it Italy, for this one.
Fiorentina v Pescara home win – With many Florentine fans unhappy with manager Paulo Sousa one would expect them to have had a poor season and they certainly have a point. At home at least they have been quite formidable. Wins against Lazio, Inter, Roma and Juventus have been the highlights of an up and down season for La Viola.
Pescara visit this weekend and so there can be only one outcome.
Dries Mertens to score at anytime – With 27 league goals Dries Mertens transformation to a number 9 has been remarkable this year. No doubt he will want to rub his friend Gonzalo Higuain’s face in it by winning the top scorer title having already outscored the former Napoli hitman in the league. Away at Sampdoria is the perfect opportunity to do so.
Atalanta v Chievo home win – What a season it has been for Atalanta who secured Europa League football for next season last weekend. They may, if results go there way, finish above Lazio in fourth too. Chievo have been done for the season since securing safety from relegation and the Atalanta team will want to send their fans away for the season with a smile. It may also be the last time some of these young superstars play for Atalanta and will not want to leave on a sour note.
Overall a single £10 note can get you a return of nearly £90 for this very probable acca. Click here to jump on the bandwagon and I’ll be seeing you for next season. Adios mis amigos.