Serie A Preview: Milan Look To Take Further Control In Race For Fourth

AC Milan will look to take further control of the race for fourth place in Serie A when they open the 25th round of the 2018/19 season with a match at home to Empoli on Friday night live on SuperSport.

DStv and GOtv will be your home for all the best action from the Italian top flight.

Milan secured a key victory last weekend, coming from a goal down to defeat Atalanta 3-1 away from home. New signing Krzysztof Piatek continued his exceptional form for the Rossoneri with a brace of goals to see Gennaro Gattuso’s side install themselves as favourites to clinch the last UEFA Champions League berth.

Empoli at home should be a straightforward game for Milan, though their opponents showed good form in the last round, ending a four-game winless streak with an impressive 3-0 destruction of Sassuolo which featured a goal from Ghanaian Afriyie Acquah.

DStv and GOtv viewers will also be drawn toward the intriguing clash between Parma and Napoli on Sunday evening at Stadio Ennio Tardini. Since their remarkable recovery to hold Juventus to a 3-3 draw earlier this month, the Crociati have fallen to successive defeats at the hands of Internazionale and Cagliari.

Napoli themselves are struggling to mount a title challenge, with their second successive domestic 0-0 draw (at home to Torino this past weekend) seeing them fall even further behind leaders Juventus – the gap is now a full 13 points and Neapolitans manager Carlo Ancelotti must be considering putting all his eggs into the UEFA Europa League basket.

For those DStv and GOtv viewers keen on following Juventus’ seemingly inevitable march to the Scudetto, they can catch the Bianconeri in action on Sunday afternoon when they play away to Bologna.

Given that Juve will have been in UEFA Champions League action away to Atletico Madrid in midweek, manager Massimiliano Allegri could well opt to rest some key men for this clash at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara – especially as Bologna have won just once in their last 10 matches across all competitions and have not beaten the Turin giants since 2011.

Other matches for DStv and GOtv viewers to look out for include Fiorentina (who are unbeaten in eight matches across all competitions) looking to upset Internazionale at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Atalanta will look to bounce back from their defeat to Milan when they face Torino away, and Frosinone will chase an upset win at home to Roma in order to boost their battle against relegation.

Key match stats

Bologna v Juventus – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 41

Bologna wins 2

Juventus wins 30

Draws 9

 

Parma v Napoli – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 29

Parma wins 11

Napoli wins 14

Draws 4

 

Fiorentina v Internazionale – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 47

Fiorentina wins 12

Inter wins 25

Draws 10

 

Serie A fixtures, 22-24 February

All times GMT

 

Friday 22 February

7:30pm Milan v Empoli LIVE on SS10, Max360 & SelGo2/SelGo5

 

Saturday 23 February

2pm Torino v Atalanta LIVE on SS8 & SelGo5

7:30pm Frosinone v Roma LIVE on SS10, Max360 & SelGo2/SelGo5

 

Sunday 24 February

11:30am Sampdoria v Cagliari LIVE on SS8, Max2 & SelGo5

2pm Chievo v Genoa LIVE on SS12

2pm Bologna v Juventus LIVE on SS8, Max2 & SelGo5  

2pm Sassuolo v SPAL

5pm Parma v Napoli LIVE on SS8 & SelGo5

7:30pm Fiorentina v Internazionale LIVE on SS8, Max1 & SelGo5

Fiorentinas Federico Chiesa (R) and Inter’s Stefan de Vrij in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between FC Inter and ACF Fiorentina at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 25 September 2018. EPA/Daniel Dal Zennaro

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