Serie A Preview And Predictions - Week Four
Serie A heads into week four and we have you covered with our preview featuring three of the big games this weekend in Italy' top-flight. Defending champions Inter Milan look to keep their unbeaten start intact when they welcome Bologna to the San Siro, Juventus who have yet tpo register a win welcome red hot AC Milan, while Udinese welcome Napoli. Check out our preview and predictions below and if that isn't enough, we also have our preview and predictions for the weekend's action from all of Europe's top leagues.
Inter Milan v Bologna
Inter will be looking to get back on track after a 2-2 draw away at Sampdoria last weekend was followed by a narrow defeat hosting Real Madrid midweek. However, the setback against the Spanish giants was hardly a disaster, while in league action, the Nerazzurri have claimed 17 consecutive home victories, leading at both half-time and full-time in nine of the past 12.
Bologna have made a great start to the season with two wins from three unbeaten games, and while the victories came on home turf over Salernitana and Verona, a draw away at Atalanta will hand them plenty of encouragement as to how they’ll fare here.
However, it’s worth noting that Atalanta haven’t made the greatest start to the new campaign, while it’s hard to ignore how badly Bologna suffered against the top seven sides last term, losing 12 of 14 matches and winning just once. They also trailed at the break in 12 of those games as well, while all seven such road trips ended in defeat.
INTER/INTER - HT/FT
Juventus v AC Milan
Juventus finally claimed a first win of the season away at Malmo midweek, but having lost two of three winless league encounters so far, still have plenty of convincing to do. They can point to a good record against Milan in recent years having gone unbeaten in 11 clashes across all competitions from December 2016 to June 2020 (W8-D3), though they’re not looking so imperious domestically now and the Rossoneri have since won two of the past three meetings.
Milan threw up another exciting clash with Liverpool in the Champions League, though in truth the 3-2 defeat somewhat flattered them as the English outfit created the better openings. Still, a trip to Anfield was never going to be easy and they can be pleased with their start to the campaign as they’re one of three teams to maintain a perfect league record so far.
A narrow win over Sampdoria on the opening day have been followed with comfortable victories over Cagliari and Lazio. That leaves them with a solid W7-D1-L5 record since the start of last season against teams that finished in the top seven of the table, including wins in the past three such games by a combined 7-0 scoreline, as well as a record of five wins from six road trips over this entire period.
Milan are also boosted with Olivier Giroud set to return to the starting line-up for this clash, having appeared from the bench against Liverpool, which is just as well with Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffering a setback on his goalscoring return last weekend. The big Swede and the French World Cup winner are yet to start together, though given the pair aren’t getting any younger, they would perhaps have been unlikely to both start in any case.
MILAN DOUBLE CHANCE
Udinese v Napoli
These two sides are both unbeaten so far as Udinese picked up a point on the opening day hosting Juventus, before claiming victories over Venezia and Spezia, while Napoli have extracted maximum points from Venezia, Genoa and most recently Juventus.
That last result felt like something of a statement and Luciano Spalletti’s side can be reasonably satisfied with their midweek result in Europe as well, coming from two goals down away at Leicester to claim a draw. The Foxes represent their hardest challenge in the Europa League group stage, and Spalletti will have been pleased to see Lorenzo Insigne shake off a knock to start the game.
Although Udinese took an encouraging point from Juventus, that still only leaves them W1-D4-L10 since the start of last season against the top-seven finishers. Napoli have claimed victory in 10 of 11 unbeaten head-to-heads with Udinese in all competitions since 2016/17 and should expect to maintain their momentum.
NAPOLI TO WIN