1st place Lazio is the story of the season in Serie A and their 4 point lead at the moment means that despite what happens in this match they will be in 1st place by the end of the week as well. What can you say about the rapidly developing squad? They have taken advantage of a fairly easy schedule and won the matches they needed to. Roma, on the other hand, had a much worse start to the year and was on course to become the league’s most disappointing team, but they have experienced a reversal of fortune and hope it will continue in this Match of the Week.
Final Pick: 1-1 Draw
Bari was a pleasant surprise last season and comfortably survived their debut season on the top tier by playing tenacious defense and winning and drawing low scoring matches. This season they currently sit in last place and have given up more goals than any other team. Milan looks to take advantage of the reeling squad this weekend in a winnable road fixture. Following an intense fight yesterday in practice between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gooch Onyewu, the team is currently in a strange state and likely walking on eggshells in the locker room.
Final Pick: 2-0 Milan
Similar to Bari, Parma was a very impressive club of new boys last year in Serie A and many fans of the second year top tier club had high hopes for the squad once again this season. So far they have not impressed with 17th place results at the moment and this week they could fall even further down the table considering that they are tied with the three relegation bound teams. Napoli has been great so far this season with 5th place results, but the side has failed to impress at home with a mediocre 1-1-2 record.
Final Pick: Napoli 1-0