Four teams within 3 points fighting for 3 spots, it tells in bullets how dramatic the Champions League fight has become for Serie A. But after Cagliari climbing up, also the relegation zone caught fire with 6 teams within 5 points fighting for only 1 hot spot. So the round is throwing in an entertaining Genoa vs. Spezia, a game for already sentenced Parma and Crotone, but most of all a Lazio vs. AC Milan with the two that can’t make any mistake anymore. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Lazio vs. AC Milan
Monday, April 26, 2021 – 02:45 PM EDT at Stadio Olimpico
They knew this would already be very dramatic. What they probably couldn't imagine is that they would get to this after both being defeated. It was a concrete chance for Lazio that was hammered 5-2 at Napoli, but AC Milan sailing at 2nd spot would never wonder to lose 1-2 at Sassuolo - and by a comeback!
This means that the Rossoneri have thrown away all the margin they had piled up in 32 rounds, and only a late goal from AS Roma have prevented Atalanta to leapfrog them, which would be something psychologically very sensitive as it would have been the first time in this season to have Milan behind a 2nd place, and imagine doing it with 6 games to go, basically making the legs shake just at the last sprint before the finishing line.
For how the situation has shaped every mistake can be lethal, as Milan sits at 66 points, Atalanta and Juventus at 65, and Napoli the first one to be out with 63. But there must be a reaction after losing in such a way to Sassuolo, and do not forget that Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be back after missing 3 games among suspension and injury, and right after signing his contract extension, which means a special pride to throw on the pitch.
After Lazio losing to Napoli their position is almost desperate, 7 points behind the 4th place, but must not be forgotten that still, they have 1 game in hand and by winning this direct clash they could be totally in it. Although what is constantly happening with Milan lately is bouncing back and forth after wasting points and Lazio issues on man-marking are not solved, so if Ibra would have at least half of his strength, and if Calhanoglu would give his usual dynamism, then it could be very hard to contain them.
Very hard to see Milan losing again, but when the survival instinct comes out then the performance is different. But Lazio could be at the last stop, so won't down easily, and even against Napoli when they were already down 3 goals, they had a reaction to get back strongly into the game, and actually, Milan's defense is letting in much more goals than before.
Free Soccer Pick: AC Milan +0.5 and both teams to score at +150 (2.5) with Intertops (Visit our Intertops Review)
Genoa vs. Spezia
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 09:00 AM EDT at Stadio Marassi
Genoa seemed already in a comfortable zone, but dropping point by point now they must be very careful, while Spezia hold themselves in the same position as Genoa but that never changed in the season. It is also a regional derby that counts though much more for Spezia to try to reverse the establishment. Anyway Spezia got this natural proactive approach that opens up every game and pushes their opponents to join the goal-fest, pushed also by the fact that who will lose this then will start to be in trouble.
Free Soccer Pick: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at +150 (2.5) with Bovada (Visit our Bovada Review)
Parma vs. Crotone
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 12:00 PM EDT at Stadio Tardini
Could have been desperate and therefore super entertaining. But both are virtually relegated, and actually losing this could turn into official relegation for Crotone. Both will play for their pride, also the honor of not finishing at the bottom, and actually they both have always gone down scoring and fighting but being convicted by their defensive limits, so there huge chances of and high-scoring game.
Free Soccer Pick: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at -110 (1.91) with Bovada