Serie A: AC Milan face bottom team Salernitana and Inter take on Sassuolo

(Football news) AC Milan will look to consolidate their lead at the top of the table when they face bottom side Salernitana. February has been particularly kind to Milan as they followed up their victory in the Derby della Madonnina and then beat Lazio 4-0 as they reached the Coppa Italia semi-finals. With their talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of action through a long term injury, others have been stepping up for the Rossoneri as Olivier Giroud's heroics in the Milan Derby was followed by  Rafael Leao who has scored in both of their last two matches. The Portugal international has helped his club to 50 league goals already this season, at an average of two per game as he has been directly involved in five of Milan's last eight Serie A goals with three goals and two assists. Under the management of Pioli, the Rossoneri have won a remarkable 33 of their 46 away games in the league since his appointment in October 2019 so we expect Milan to win this match quite comfortably. 

Juventus take on Torino in the Turin Derby and the Old Lady are currently fourth in the Serie A table as they are nine points behind leaders AC Milan, while Torino occupy 10th position, boasting 32 points from their opening 24 matches. Juventus stretched their unbeaten run to 11 Serie A games as they scored a last-gasp equaliser against Atalanta BC last weekend. Juventus have won three of their last five matches in the league but still have a long way to go to catch the leaders and pull themselves into title contention heading into the final straight of the season. Juventus have won 74 of their previous 153 meetings in the League against their city rivals Torino and they won the reserved fixture 1-0 back in October. 

On the other hand, Torino have not actually beaten Juventus since a 2-1 home success in April 2015, while the last time Torino won at the Allianz Stadium was back in the 1994-95 Serie A season, which gives us an indication how Juventus have dominated this fixture. Torino have been in the Serie A for the last 10 seasons, but they have finished 16th and 17th in their last two campaigns but this season they have been performing really well. For Juventus, Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Bernardeschi and Federico Chiesa remain injured. For Torino, Tommaso Pobega, Dennis Praet and Mohamed Fares will miss the match through injury.

Inter take on the giant killers Sassuolo who over the recent years have been beating the top six teams regularly and often tend to derail their seasons. Inter after their disappointing loss to Liverpool in the Champions League will look to bounce back especially after they haven’t won in their last three fixtures, they can’t afford any more slip ups as AC Milan are on top of the table. Sassuolo on the other hand will look to get some points back after some disappointing results over the past weeks but usually they tend to bring out their A game against the big teams, they should have won against AS Roma last week but a last minute equaliser from Cristante spoilt the result in what was very good performance from them.

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The other fixtures are:

  • Sampdoria vs Empoli
  • Roma vs Verona
  • Fiorentina vs Atalanta
  • Venezia vs Genoa 
  • Udinese vs Lazio
  • Cagliari vs Napoli


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