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Serie A Roundup: Juventus Leads High Stakes Rat Race In Italy

Paulo Dybala of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and US Sassuolo Calcio at Juventus Arena on March 11, 2016 in Turin, Italy. March 11, 2016| Credit: Valerio Pennicino

Unlike Ligue 1, the 2015-16 Serie A TIM is actually competitive. VERY competitive. So competitive…it’s a rat race. Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus FC currently lead the competition with a record of 21-4-4 (67 points). At the Juventus Stadium in Torino, Paulo Dybala‘s 36th minute goal gave the hosts a 1-0 win over Eusebio Di Francesco’s US Sassuolo Calcio (11-11-7, 44 points).

Chasing the Old Lady is Maurizio Sarri’s SSC Napoli (19-7-3, 64 points), who also prevailed 1-0 over US Citta de Palermo at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in Palermo. Now Palermo (7-6-16, 27 points) are going through a difficult situation right now, with three managers in two months. That breeds instability within the club, when you think about it. Changing managers on the fly does not ensure safety; in fact, it hastens the possibility of relegation to Serie B. The Pink-Blacks need to clean up their act or they will go down.

One team that certainly won’t go down is Luciano Spalletti’s AS Roma (17-8-4, 59 points), who defeated Stefano Colanfuono’s Udinese Calcio 2-1 at the Stadio Fruili in Udinese. Edin Dzeko (15′) and Alessandro Florenzi scored for Roma (74′), while Bruno Fernandez scored in the 85th minute for Udinese (8-6-15, 30 points).

If Paulo Sousa’s ACF Fiorentina (16-6-7, 54 points) want to compete in the Europa League, draws are not acceptable. At the Stadio Artemo Franchi in Florence, Fiorentina drew 1-1 with Luigi Deineri’s Hellas Verona. Mauro Zarate scored in the 40th minute for Fiorentina, while Eros Pisano equalized in the 86th minute of play for the visitors. Hellas are in a difficult position right now, as they sit at the bottom of the ladder (2-13-14, 19 points) and are destined to go down.

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Another team struggling to deliver is AC Sinisa Mihajlovic’s AC Milan (13-9-7, 48 points), who were held to a scoreless draw by Rolando Maran’s Chievo Verona (9-8-12) at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Verona. To add insult to lack of preduction, AC Milan’s rivals, Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan, delivered at the San Siro in Milan in their 2-1 victory over Roberto Donadoni’s Bologna FC 1909. Ivan Perisic (72′) and Danilo D’ambrosio (76′) scored for Inter, while Franco Brienza pulled one back in the 90th minute for the visitors.

Here are your other scores from Serie A action.

Empoli 1, Sampdoria 1
Carpi 2, Frosinone 1
Genoa 3, Torino 2
SS Lazio 2, Atalanta 0

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Juventus 29 21 4 4 51 15 +36 67 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Napoli 29 19 7 3 59 23 +36 64
3 Roma 29 17 8 4 61 30 +31 59 Qualification to Champions League play-off round
4 Fiorentina 29 16 6 7 50 32 +18 54 Qualification to UEFA Europa League group stage
5 Internazionale 29 16 6 7 39 27 +12 54 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round
6 Milan 29 13 9 7 39 30 +9 48
7 Sassuolo 29 11 11 7 36 32 +4 44
8 Lazio 29 11 8 10 37 37 0 41
9 Bologna 29 10 6 13 30 33 −3 36
10 Chievo 29 9 8 12 33 39 −6 35
11 Empoli 29 9 8 12 34 42 −8 35
12 Genoa 29 9 7 13 31 34 −3 34
13 Torino 29 8 9 12 36 38 −2 33
14 Sampdoria 29 8 8 13 43 47 −4 32
15 Atalanta 29 7 9 13 26 35 −9 30
16 Udinese 29 8 6 15 25 44 −19 30
17 Palermo 29 7 6 16 28 51 −23 27
18 Frosinone 29 7 5 17 29 55 −26 26 Relegation to Serie B
19 Carpi 29 5 10 14 26 45 −19 25
20 Hellas Verona 29 2 13 14 25 49 −24 19
Updated to match(es) played on 13 March 2016. Source: Serie A, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-Head points; 3) Head-to-Head goal difference; 4) Head-to-Head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Away goals; 8) Draw.

Here are your predicted scorelines for Match Day 30 of the 2015-16 Serie A TIM season.

Empoli 2, Palermo 0
Inter Milan 2, AS Roma 2
Bologna 3, Atalanta 1
Juventus 5, Torino 0
Fiorentia 3, Frosinone 0
Udinese 1, Sassuolo 0
Sampdoria 2, Chievo Verona 2
Carpi 3, Hellas Verona 1
Napoli 4, Genoa 0
AC Milan 2, SS Lazio 1

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