As the norm hangs in the air every year, two out of five top leagues will still run this weekend as we wind up the year. Action to only be in English Premier League and Italian Serie A as previewed and predicted below.
At Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence, 5th placed Fiorentina host 10th placed Torino as the Scudetto chase for 2023/24 continues. A win for Fiorentina will see them climb into the top 4, a position which really boosts their season following their push to qualify for Champions league football next season. I anticipate a home win however with a very small margin.
After losing to AS Roma last weekend, Napoli will look forward to securing a win to boost their season if at all they are to end it on a high however, I do not see more than 2 goals today following Napoli’s 2 red cards against Roma last week with their main poacher Victor among the sent off players.
Inter are currently leading the Serie A table as Genoa sit 13th. Inter have won 4/5 last H2H with Genoa and have not conceded a single goal in all their last 5 meetings. If you are serious, you know what to do with this game.
Competitively, these two sides have only met 4 times which all saw Under 2.5 goals. Frosinone is a weaker side compared to Lazio but it is one of the most defensive sides in Italian Serie A. I see the home side winning but not with so many goals. Lazio won ¾ last H2H.
Luton have really charged and pushed hard to move out of relegation this being evidenced by their last 2 straight wins. They currently sit in 18th position with just a point to move out of relegation. Chelsea have now moved back to the top half of the log and will strive higher to end their season on a high. I see Luton scoring since they are home and have scored in each of their last 5 matches.
Aston Villa are currently 3rd placed and have not won a game from their last 2 games which really puts their season at stake. Playing at Villa Park today and as the saying goes; enough is enough, Villa will push hard to secure these 3 points. Aston Villa defeated Burnley 3:1 at Turf Moore in their 1st leg meeting.
At City ground, Nottingham host United and many will think this won’t go easy for the guests but I stand to oppose and propose that Man United will easily attain these 3 points today. Following their magical come back against Villa on Boxing Day, I see it as enough motivation to defeat Nottingham. Man United have won 10/10 last H2H meetings with Nottingham in all competitions and all games made a minimum of 2 goals.
AC Milan are currently 3rd on the log and are really pushing to further their top 4 charge this season as they host 15th placed Sassuolo at San Siro. Sassuolo have lost ¾ of their last games, losing thrice and drawing once. I do not see them stopping the Rossoneri.
Juventus have not lost a game in their last 12 matches in all competitions and this has seen them sit 2nd on the log with just 4 points behind Inter. It will be a tight one but I do not see inconsistent Roma who are not good guests this season stopping Juventus who are chasing the Scudetto.
Fulham lost their last 2 games in the league and have never defeated the Gunners from their last 10 H2H meetings. From their last 10 EPL meetings, Arsenal won 8 and drew 2 times. All this gives Arsenal an upper hand in to this fixture and following their form and title charge, I see them overcoming Fulham to attain maximum points tonight.