Napoli won big time in the last fixture of the Italian Serie A. They were the only top-four team that won its match, allowing them to close the gap at the top. Inter Milan remains the favorite to win the title, but the race is far from over.
Let’s check how our betting online predictions did and what comes next. Spoiler alert: A powerful contender is awakening in the depths of Turin.
Italian Serie A Breakdown
Milan, We Have a Problem
Inter Milan couldn’t beat Atalanta and AC Milan couldn’t beat Spezia. That’s why Napoli can dream of winning the Serie A title once again.
A goalless draw in Bergamo isn’t a bad result, but Inter should have won. The reigning champions won possession with 64 percent and finished with 11 shots. Atalanta goalkeeper Juan Musso deserves a lot of credit.
This was only the sixth time this season that Inter couldn’t win (15-5-1). Venezia FC comes next and the Nerazzurri are offering a -800 price in the sportsbook. They haven’t drawn in two games in a row all season.
AC Milan suffered a huge upset at home after losing 2-1 to Spezia. The visitors were offering a +900 price. The home side opened the can thanks to Rafael Leao, but Spezia turned things around in the second half. Emmanuel Gyasi scored the winning goal on the last play of the game.
The Rossoneri missed Franck Kessie, Ismael Bennacer and Fode Ballo-Toure, all at the African Cup. They’re aiming to bounce back this Sunday when Juventus comes into town. Milan dominates the soccer odds at +160 due to playing at home.
Napoli won to climb to third place, four points behind Inter and two behind AC Milan. They defeated Bologna 2-0 to remain as the best defensive team in the league. No other team has allowed fewer goals than them with 15 in 22 games.
The pressure will continue because they shouldn’t have trouble beating Salernitana, sitting in last place, in Fixture 23.
The Vecchia Signora is Back!
AC Milan better watch out because Juventus is finally awakening. The Vecchia Signora hasn’t lost in its last eight games, allowing them to climb to fifth place with 41 points.
Most recently, they defeated Udinese 2-0 with goals from Paulo Dybala and Weston McKennie. They finished with a clean sheet in three of their last five games. Also, they put up a good fight against Inter Milan in the Italian Super Cup. The Nerazzurri won 2-1 but needed 120 minutes to do it.
Juventus, which won seven of its last 10 meetings with AC Milan, is offering a +180 price.
Bound for Serie B
If by any chance you’re a fan of Salernitana, I’m sorry, things aren’t looking good. After beating Hellas Verona 2-1 and regaining some confidence, they got crushed by Lazio 3-0. That defeat sent them back to last place, eight points behind 17th place. Friendly reminder here: The last three teams will play in Serie B next season.
To make things worse, Napoli comes next. Don’t you dare include Salernitana in your soccer picks, not even at a tempting +1500 price.
Genoa and Cagliari are the other two relegation zone tenants. Cagliari won two of its last five games, so they could get out soon.
Immobile vs Vlahovic
The Golden Boot race is more interesting than ever. We have Ciro Immobile (Lazio) and Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina) with 17 goals each. Both teams are aiming for the top six to qualify for a UEFA competition. That means both players, who scored in the last fixture, still have a lot for which to compete.
Immobile is 31 years old while Vlahovic is 21. We’re talking about a battle between experience and youth. Vlahovic has one advantage and it’s that Fiorentina isn’t playing in any international competitions. Immobile could get some rest to be at 100 percent for the UEL.