Only three matchdays remain in the Serie A season. The title race and the relegation battle are at their most heated. Continue reading for our Serie A Matchday36 picks.
Although the top four Serie A players have been officially confirmed following Matchday 35, it is still not clear who will be the first place.
Inter Milan and AC Milan were victorious on Matchday 35. Milan is now in first place by two points. Inter will hope their rivals fall so they can profit with three games remaining. Inter has the easier matchup, playing host to Empoli. However, this title race has shown that there is no easy game. Milan are a -150 favourite to win the Serie A title at [1xbet].
The race to avoid relegation sees Venezia and Salernitana face off in a crucial match that could determine who goes down between the two teams. Genoa will face a difficult test when Juventus visit the Luigi Ferraris. Cagliari will face a tired Salernitana side on Sunday. This will be yet another crucial match for each team’s survival.
Here’s my top Serie A Matchday36 betting picks and forecasts (odds via BetMGM and [(1xbet] ; pick confidence is based upon a 1-to-5 star scale).
Top Serie A Matchday 36 Picks
Serie A Matchday 36 Predictions
Salernitana-Venezia both teams to score and Over 7.5 corners (+125)
This is both teams’ game in the relegation battle so settling for a draw here will not be a good idea. Therefore, I expect Venezia and Salernitana to show more offensive prowess that we have come to expect.
Although both teams are in the bottom 2 of xG for the entire season, this is clearly influenced by the results against top sides. The results against teams within and around them in standings paint a completely different picture. Both teams scored in five out of six matches between Salernitana and the bottom five teams. In Venezia’s match with the bottom five, four teams were successful. In October, these two teams scored three goals together in a 2-1 match.
We’ll increase the corners by more than 7.5 to make this even. Salernitana games average 10.6 corners per game and Venezia games 9.4 corners each.
Genoa +0.5 (+105)
We’ll go to another relegation-threatened team in Genoa when they play host to Juventus. Italy’s oldest club sits 19th with 25 points. They still have three games to avoid being sent to Serie B.
Genoa has to win this game, as it is a difficult one for Genoa. However, the Old Lady won a top-four sport so that should be a help to the Grifone. Massimiliano Allegri, the manager, has repeatedly stated that the team’s goal for the season was to qualify the Champions League. After that, he may be able to play in a rotating lineup to assess his squad depth for next season. Juve’s xG, and xGA are often worse than at home.
Genua can be comforted by the fact that they have drawn against strong teams like Inter or Atalanta this season. Genoa has everything to win and Juve has a spot, so there’s more chance of an upset than this line suggests.
Lazio to win and both teams to score (+181)
Although the Champions League spots have been secured, the race for other European positions remains. Lazio, who is tied at 59 with their eternal rivals Roma, needs to win points against a stagnating Sampdoria team before Roma plays Fiorentina in order to have any chance of securing the Europa League spot.
Lazio has scored 3.51 goals per game in Serie A, more than Inter and Inter. Sampdoria is 14th in goals scored and 17th in xG, but they can be assured that Lazio has conceded 53 goals. This is four more than their own. Lazio has failed to keep a clean slate in 23% of its matches, while both teams have scored in 63%. Sampdoria has a 20% clean sheet rate and 53% have had both teams score in their matches.
Sampdoria beat Lazio 3-1 back Dec. 5, but Sampdoria only had 18 shots. Lazio should win another match against Sampdoria, who are fairly certain of their safety but haven’t shown that they can keep clean sheets all season.
Serie A Matchday 36 Quick Picks
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Serie Matchday 36 made 5/4/2022, 11:47 a.m. ET