I obviously got a bit of a shock on Tuesday, when Milan did their damnedest to blow one of their best games of the season with one of their worst halves in a long time.
But they do go through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, hopefully (for Serie A fans) to be joined by two more squads from the league this upcoming week.
And some domestic midweek action provided Milan with another big boost.
Hosts Bologna held Juventus to their 3rd consecutive 1-1 draw, and with all teams in the league now even with 26 games played Milan are now earnestly in front 2 points.
Meanwhile, Napoli and Udinese are the flasier choices, but Lazio actually still have a legitimate chance at only 6 points back. Edy Reja’s men have sneakily stuck around, powered by an uncharacteristically dynamic Lazio attack.
So it’s not quite a two-horse race yet but, should that occur, at least it’s bound to be a great one.
Still time to get hooked. A bit of an abbreviated preview (damn real life) after the jump!
Friday, March 9
Chievo Verona v. Internazionale – Chievo are a streaky team. Undefeated in 3 league matches, they might be catching Inter at a time when their focus is on the Marseille match later this week.
The Nerazzurri meanwhile, should care about momentum, but I feel they might be fine with making this match a lower priority.
2-1. Flying Donkeys Victory!
Napoli v. Cagliari – Napoli too will want to head into their match in London with a positive feeling, and hosting Cagliari gives them a great opportunity. The islanders will put little pressure on Napoli’s vulnerable defense, and Napoli should be able to win without pressing too hard.
2-0 for the hosts.
Saturday, March 10
Palermo v. AS Roma – Saturday’s only game stands a good chance of being the weekend’s best. Palermo and Roma both play in a manner that cane sometimes be called hectic, and for long periods of this game we should be treated to end to end stuff.
The Fabio Borini show continues in Sicily. 2-3 Roma.
Sunday, March 11
AC Milan v. Lecce – After the scare they put into them on Tuesday, Milan owe their faithful tifosi a blowout.
They will remember going down 3-0 at Lecce earlier in the year as well, and start strong to avoid undue stress.
Atalanta v. Parma – Parma have a fun strike duo in Giovinco and Okaka, but are a real horrorshow at the back.
Atalanta are organized, and tough to take at home. Something tells me 2-2 in this match.
Catania v. Fiorentina – Catania’s Argentine army are doing well in the 8th spot, while Fiorentina are still clawing their way back to the top 10. The Viola will find it tough to score without the injured Jovetic, their top scorer by a mile.
2-1 to the Sicilians.
Cesena v. Siena – It’s early, but I’m fairly comfortable saying that Cesena are playing for pride at this point. But Siena still have a real shot at survival and must stay take the points to be had against the other bottom clubs.
Scoring consistently has been a real problem for the visitors, but 7 of their 30 goals have come in the past two matches. If they can keep up that form, Cesena should go quietly.
Genoa v. Juventus – What’s the point of going undefeated if you don’t win the league? Juventus must start picking up maximum points or the Coppa Italia will be the only thing left they can snatch from Milan.
The Rossoneri have a far easier schedule the remainder of the way so the Old Lady really needs 3 points against an utterly shambolic Genoa defense.
Lazio v. Bologna – Bologna have been finding more sources for goals besides Di Vaio recently, which has seen them rise comfortably away from the drop zone. They’ve face real scares the last few years, so this must be a relief for their fans.
Lazio’s organization will frustrate the visitors’ counter however, and Miroslav Klose, a surprisingly great buy, adds to his tally after dominating in the air.
Novara v. Udinese – The more Novara lose, the worse Inter look for having been beaten twice by the Biancoazzurri.
The Zebrette have missed Isla’s creative presence, but will still make short work of Novara.