AC Milan v Torino
Torino managed a first win in five on Friday as they gave themselves some breathing space and pushed Genoa down in to the relegation zone. However, they’d lost their previous two games against Juventus and Napoli, which means they’ve suffered defeat in all four clashes with the current top seven having been beaten by Atalanta and Fiorentina earlier in the campaign, while they picked up a point against eighth-placed Lazio.
The last time Torino met Milan they went down 7-0 on home turf in May, leaving them with four defeats from five winless encounters against the Rossoneri since the start of 2020. They failed to score in the last four of these clashes, which doesn’t bode well considering Milan’s impressive form domestically.
Stefano Pioli’s outfit have now won 12 of 14 unbeaten Serie A games since the start of May, including eight from nine this term alone. They’ve netted at least twice in all but one of those victories, and although they were made to sweat in the 4-2 win away at nine-man Bologna this weekend, they still produced the goods and should be boosted by the return of Franck Kessie in midfield here.
AC MILAN TO WIN
Empoli v Inter Milan
Inter missed an opportunity to close the gap on leaders Napoli and Milan as Paulo Dybala’s controversial 89th-minute leveller denied them the win against Juventus. They’ve now won just once in their last four league games, though this did include another draw with Atalanta and a defeat to Lazio.
Empoli are yet to draw a game this season as they’ve won four and lost five, even securing a shock victory over Juventus early on in the campaign. However, their other wins have come against ninth-placed Bologna and bottom two Cagliari and Salernitana, as they were thoroughly outclassed by the likes of Lazio (3-1), Roma (2-0) and Atalanta (4-1).
Although the hosts’ defence is looking shaky, conceding at least twice in six of their last seven games, they have at least demonstrated an eye for goal as they’ve failed to score in just two of their nine appearances in total. Both teams have scored in 12 of Inter’s past 13 league games, though it’s hard to see Empoli registering more than a consolation effort given the Nerazzurri’s slip-ups have typically come against the top sides.
INTER MILAN TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Napoli v Bologna
Napoli’s perfect start to the season came to an end as they drew with Roma, but they and Milan are still seven points clear of third-placed Inter. Luciano Spalletti’s side have conceded just three goals this season, with Milan and Roma holding the next-best records having shipped nine each.
Bologna will be happy with their current standing in the top half of the table, though they’ve largely been reliant upon home form where all three of their victories have come. Away from home, the visitors have won just three of their past 27 matches, losing 15 of these, including recent 6-1 and 4-2 drubbings dished out by Inter and Empoli respectively. 10 of those 15 defeats came by a minimum two-goal margin, including their visit here last term in March.
Since a defeat to Juventus back in April, Napoli have won 14 of 18 unbeaten matches, with 10 of those victories coming by at least two clear goals. Each of Bologna’s past six league defeats home or away have come by that margin or greater, conceding at least four goals in five of those, so Napoli should expect to return to winning ways immediately.
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