Soccer fans can look forward to a number of exciting games in Serie A at the weekend, and there is value on high-scoring teams like Atalanta and Lazio.
Lazio vs. Fiorentina
Saturday, June 27, at Stadio Olimpico
Lazio’s chances of pipping Juventus to the Serie A title were dealt a hammer blow when they lost 3-2 to Atalanta in midweek. They were on a 22-game unbeaten streak in domestic competition before the lockdown, sparking optimism in their ability to overhaul the mighty Bianconeri. They made the perfect start when the season resumed on Wednesday, as they opened up a 2-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of their game against Atalanta.
However, Gian Piero Gasperini is blessed with phenomenal attacking talent at Atalanta, and they came back with a vengeance in the second half. The defeat leaves Lazio four points behind Juventus, with 11 games left to play, so they need to return to winning ways quickly. Fiorentina are languishing in mid-table, six points above the relegation zone and 11 points off a Europa League place, so they have little in the way of motivation. They drew 1-1 with bottom club Brescia when the season resumed, and it finished 2-1 to Lazio when these teams met earlier in the season.
Udinese vs. Atalanta
Sunday, June 28, at Dacia Arena
Udinese are teetering precariously above the relegation zone after losing 1-0 to rivals Torino when the season restarted in midweek. They have managed just 21 goals this season, which is the second worst attacking record in the division. That defeat left them just three points above 18th placed Lecce, and they desperately need a win. However, they are unlikely to beat this scintillating Atalanta side.
Gasperini’s men have banged in an astonishing 77 goals in 27 games so far this season, which is easily the best attacking record in Serie A. They concede too many goals, which is why they are 12 points behind leaders Juventus, but they are very exciting to watch. Their cavalier style of play should help them open up this conservative Udinese side, and it is easy to see them taking all three points. They battered Udinese 7-1 earlier this season, and they have won the last four meetings between the clubs.
Napoli vs. Spal
Sunday, June 28, at Stadio San Paolo
Napoli appear to be full of confidence after beating Juventus in a penalty shootout to win Coppa Italia a week ago. They followed it up with an impressive 2-0 victory over Verona when the Serie A season resumed this week. That result left Napoli sixth in the table, and they will be keen to remain in the Europa League places until the end of the campaign. They are blessed with a great deal of attacking talent, including Arkadiusz Milik, Dries Mertens, Hirving Lozano, Lorenzo Insigne, and Matteo Politano. That should allow them to clinch victory against 19th placed Spal, who are now seven points adrift of safety after losing 1-0 to Cagliari on the restart. Spal held Napoli to a 1-1 draw earlier this season, but Napoli won their previous four meetings, and they are now in much better shape than they were the calamitous first half of their 2019/20 campaign.