Sampdoria – Juventus
Even Massimiliano Allegri is finally prepared to admit that Juventus have the Scudetto in the bag. One more point will be enough to tie things up, and the manager said this week that only “a miracle” could stop the Bianconeri from being named as champions for the fourth consecutive season.
Allegri should rotate aggressively against Sampdoria, keeping his first XI rested for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid. Might Juventus win anyway against opponents who have scraped together just three points from their last five games? Perhaps, but it is also true that Sampdoria have not lost at home all season.
Draw – 3.20
Sassuolo – Palermo
A few months ago, this might have been billed as a clash between two of the most exciting young strikers in the division. Sassuolo’s Simone Zaza had broken into the Italian national team on the back of a strong start to this campaign, while Paulo Dybala was being touted as a €40m player by Palermo’s owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The goals have dried up for both players, however. Zaza has not scored since 1 February. Dybala has two strikes to show for his 12 appearances over the same span. The Palermo forward has still played well, to be fair, making up for his lack of goals with a number of assists. The same cannot be said for Zaza. Sassuolo will be relieved to have his fellow forward Domenico Berardi back from suspension.
Berardi to score – 2.85