2019-2020 Serie A Week 25 PREVIEW / Twenty-fifth Round on Friday 21, Saturday 22, and Sunday 23 February 2020

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Hello, my friends. Here are the 2019-2020 Serie A Week 25 PREVIEW / Twenty-fifth Round on Friday 21, Saturday 22, and Sunday 23 February 2020.

👉 Up to Serie A Week 24: There is a three-way race between Juventus (57), Lazio (56), and Inter (54)

This round is a thriller and we might see a change in the top 3 positions.  Juventus is the sole leader of the Serie A with 57 points after defeating Brescia with a 2-0 with at the Allianz Stadium.   Juventus can keep the first position if they defeat Brescia at the Paolo Mazza Stadium.   This is the duel between the 1st and last position.  SPAL is in the 20th position.  You bet, it would be a real joy for SPAL if they manage to defeat Juventus or even getting a draw.   In this game, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo will play his 1,000 professional game.  Cristiano played his  first professional game in 2002 while playing for Sporting Lisbon in the match against Inter (CL qualification) when he was only 17.  Superb!

Last week, Lazio took away the second position after defeating Inter reaching 56 points being now only -1 point below Juventus. The defeat sent Inter down to the third position remaining with 54 points.   Lazio can keep the second position if they defeat Genoa at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium.  In case of losing, Inter will take back the second position if they defeat Sampdoria at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.

⚽️ Serie A Top Scorer up to Week 24:
Lazio forward Ciro Immobile with 25 goals

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Results from Serie A Week 24

  • Lecce 2 – 1 SPAL
  • Bologna 0 – 3 Genoa
  • Atalanta 2 – 1 AS Roma
  • Udinese 0 – 0 Hellas Verona
  • Sassuolo 0 – 1 Parma
  • Sampdoria 1 – 5 Fiorentina
  • Juventus 2 – 0 Brescia
  • Cagliari 0 – 1 Napoli
  • Lazio 2 – 1 Inter
  • AC Milan 1 – 0 Torino

Top Serie A teams standing AFTER Serie A Week 24 game. First 4 qualifying for Champions League, 5 and 6 for Europa League. (Up to Monday 17 February 2020)

JUVENTUS, 1st position with 57 points and a positive goal difference of +23

LAZIO, 2nd position with 56points and a positive goal difference of +34

INTER, 3rd positions with 54 points and a positive goal difference of +27

UEFA Europa League ATALANTA, 4th position with 45 points and a positive goal difference of +31

AS ROMA, 5th position with 39 points and a positive goal difference of +11

– HELLAS VERONA, 6th position with 35 points and a positive goal difference of +4

Relegation Zone:

– GENOA, 18th position with 22 points and a negative goal difference of -16

– BRESCIA, 19th position with 16 points and a negative goal difference of -23

– SPAL, 20th position with 15 points and a negative goal difference of -24

2019 – 2020 Italy Serie A Standing – Serie A Table up to Monday 17 February 2020
Rank TEAM GD
1 Juventus 24 18 3 3 46 23 23 57
2 Lazio 24 17 5 2 55 21 34 56
3 Internazionale 24 16 6 2 49 22 27 54
4 Atalanta 24 13 6 5 63 32 31 45
5 Roma 24 11 6 7 43 32 11 39
6 Verona 24 9 8 7 28 24 4 35
7 Parma 24 10 5 9 32 30 2 35
8 Milan 24 10 5 9 26 31 -5 35
9 Napoli 24 9 6 9 37 34 3 33
10 Bologna 24 9 6 9 37 39 -2 33
11 Cagliari 24 8 8 8 38 36 2 32
12 Sassuolo 24 8 5 11 38 39 -1 29
13 Fiorentina 24 7 7 10 31 35 -4 28
14 Torino 24 8 3 13 27 43 -16 27
15 Udinese 24 7 5 12 20 36 -16 26
16 Lecce 24 6 7 11 32 45 -13 25
17 Sampdoria 24 6 5 13 26 43 -17 23
18 Genoa 24 5 7 12 27 43 -16 22
19 Brescia 24 4 4 16 21 44 -23 16
20 SPAL 24 4 3 17 18 42 -24 15

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Friday 21 February 2020

BRESCIA – NAPOLI
Stadio Mario Rigamonti
Referee: ORSATO
Assistants: GIALLATINI – VECCHI
Fourth Official: MARINELLI
VAR: CHIFFI
AVAR: PRETI
20:45

Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
Napoli, 10th position with 33 points and a positive goal difference of +3
Brescia, 19th position with 16 points and a negative goal difference of -23

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
10 Napoli 24 9 6 9 37-34 3 33
19 Brescia 24 4 4 16 21-44 -23 16

Stats BEFORE the game.  Top scorer of BRESCIA:  Mario Balotelli with 5 goals.

Top scorer of NAPOLI: Arek Milik with 9 goals.

 Brescia Goals Goals   Napoli
Balotelli, Mario 5 9 Milik, Arek
Donnarumma, Alfredo 4 6 Mertens, Dries
Torregrossa, Ernesto 4 4 Insigne, Lorenzo
Chancellor, Jhon 2 3 Llorente, Fernando
Bisoli, Dimitri 1 2 Callejon, Jose

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of BRESCIA:  1 draw, 2 lost.

DAte TO Match FT ROund
16/02/20 SA Juventus Brescia 20 24
09/02/20 SA Brescia Udinese 11 23
01/02/20 SA Bologna Brescia 21 22

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of NAPOLI:   2 wins, 1 lost.

DAte TO Match FT ROund
16/02/20 SA Cagliari Napoli 01 24
12/02/20 CI Inter Napoli 01 S
09/02/20 SA Napoli Lecce 23 23
  • Here are Brescia vs Napoli probable lineups.

BRESCIA (4-3-1-2): Joronen; Sabelli, Gastaldello, Chancellor, Martella; Bisoli, Tonali, Bjarnason; Spalek; Zhmral, Balotelli.

Subs Andrenacci, Mateju, Mangraviti, Semprini, Ndoj, Viviani, Dessena, Skrabb, Alf. Donnarumma.

Unavailable: Torregrossa, Romulo, Alfonso, Cistana.

Suspended players: Ayé.

Coach:  Diego Lopez.

NAPOLI (4-3-3): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Maksimovic, Mario Rui; Fabian Ruiz, Demme, Elmas; Politano, Mertens, Insigne.

Subs: Meret, Karnezis, Luperto, Hysaj, Ghoulam, Allan, Callejon, Zielinski, Lobotka, Lozano, Milik.

Unavailable: Llorente, Malcuit, Koulibaly.

No suspended players.

Coach: Gennaro Gattuso.

Saturday 22 February 2020

BOLOGNA – UDINESE
Renato Dall’Ara Stadium
Referee: PASQUA
Assistants: CECCONI – PAGNOTTA
Fourth Official: VOLPI
VAR: DI PAOLO
AVAR: MELI
15:00

Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
Bologna, 10th position with 33 points and a negative goal difference of -2
Udinese, 15th position with 26 points and a negative goal difference of -16

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
10 Bologna 24 9 6 9 37-39 -2 33
15 Udinese 24 7 5 12 20-36 -16 26

Stats BEFORE the game.   Top scorer of BOLOGNA: Riccardo Orsolini with 7 goals.

Top scorer of UDINESE: Rodrigo De Paul with 5 goals.

  Bologna Goals Goals   Udinese
Orsolini, Riccardo 7 5 De Paul, Rodrigo
Palacio, Rodrigo 5 4 Okaka, Stefano
Sansone, Nicola 4 4 Lasagna, Kevin
Bani, Mattia 4 2 Sema, Ken
Soriano, Roberto 3 1 Fofana, Seko

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of BOLOGNA:  2 wins, 1 lost

DAte TO Match FT ROund
15/02/20 SA Bologna  Genoa 03 24
07/02/20 SA ROMA  Bologna 23 23
01/02/20 SA Bologna  Brescia 21 22

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of UDINESE: 2 draws, 1 lost

DAte TO Match FT ROund
16/02/20 SA Udinese  Verona 00 24
09/02/20 SA Brescia  Udinese 11 23
02/02/20 SA Udinese  Inter 02 22

Photo: twitter.com/Udinese_1896

SPAL – JUVENTUS
Paolo Mazza Stadium
Referee: LA PENNA
Assistants: LONGO – PRENNA
Fourth Official: BARONI
VAR: DI BELLO
AVAR: DE MEO
18:00

Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
Juventus, 1st position with 57 points and a positive goal difference of +23
SPAL, 20th position with 15 points and a negative goal difference of -24

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
1 Juventus 24 18 3 3 46-23 23 57
20 Spal 24 4 3 17 18-42 -24 15

David against Goliath …. everything can happen in this game.  Juventus should not take everything for granted.  Will SPAL cause a stop for Juventus …..?   On paper, Juventus are the favorites to win it.  SPAL have won only 4 games this season and losing 17.  The cry for salvation is loud.

Stats BEFORE the game.  Top score of SPAL: Andrea Petagna with 9 goals.

Top scorer of JUVENTUS:  Cristiano Ronaldo with 20 goals.

 SPAL Goals Goals Juventus
Petagna, Andrea 9 20 Ronaldo, Cristiano
Valoti, Mattia 2 6 Dybala, Paulo
Di Francesco, Federico 2 5 Higuain, Gonzalo
Kurtic, Jasmin 2 3 Bonucci, Leonardo
Strefezza, Gabriel 1 3 Pjanic, Miralem

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of SPAL:   3 lost.

DAte TO Match FT ROund
15/02/20 SA Lecce  Spal 21 24
09/02/20 SA Spal  Sassuolo 12 23
02/02/20 SA LAZIO  Spal 51 22

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of JUVENTUS:   1 win, 1 draw, 1 lost

DAte TO Match FT ROund
16/02/20 SA Juventus  Brescia 20 24
13/02/20 CI Milan  Juventus 11 S
08/02/20 SA Verona  Juventus 21 23

Photo:  twitter.com/Juventusfcen

FIORENTINA – AC MILAN
Artemio Franchi Stadium
Referee: CALVARESE
Assistants: VIVENZI – DEL GIOVANE
Fourth Official: GIUA
VAR: NASCA
AVAR: CARBONE
20:45

Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
AC Milan, 7th position with 35 points and a negative goal difference of -5
Fiorentina, 13th position with 28 points and a negative goal difference of -4

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
7 Milan 24 10 5 9 26-31 -5 35
13 Fiorentina 24 7 7 10 31-35 -4 28

AC Milan and Fiorentina have played 159 times in the Serie A, stats are in favor of AC Milan with 72 wins, 43 draws, and Fiorentina with 44 wins.   The pressure is for AC Milan to win this away game to keep climbing the Serie A Standing to be within the top 6 positions.  Milan Coach Stefano Pioli was formerly Fiorentina Coach.

Stats BEFORE the game.  Top scorer of FIORENTINA: Vlahovic and Chiesa with 6 goals each.

Top scorer of AC MILAN: Rebic and Hernandez with 5 goals each.

  Fiorentina Goals Goals AC  Milan
Vlahovic, Dusan 6 5 Rebic, Ante
Chiesa, Federico 6 5 Hernandez, Theo
Castrovilli, Gaetano 3 4 Piatek, Krzysztof
Pulgar, Erick 3 3 Calhanoglu, Hakan
Milenkovic, Nikola 3 2 Ibrahimovic, Zlatan

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of FIORENTINA:  1 win and 2 lost.

DAte TO Match FT ROund
16/02/20 SA Sampdoria  Fiorentina 15 24
08/02/20 SA Fiorentina  Atalanta 12 23
02/02/20 SA Juventus  Fiorentina 30 22

Stats.  Here are the last 3 games of AC MILAN:  1 win, 1 draw, and 1 lost.

Date TO Match FT ROund
17/02/20 SA Milan  Torino 10 24
13/02/20 CI Milan  Juventus 11 S
09/02/20 SA Inter  Milan 42 23
  • Here are Fiorentina vs AC Milan probable lineups.

FIORENTINA (3-5-2): Dragowski; Milenkovic, Ger. Pezzella, Caceres; Lirola, Duncan, Pulgar, Castrovilli, Dalbert; Vlahovic, Chiesa.

Subs: Terracciano, Ceccherini, Igor, Venuti, Terzic, Benassi, Agu delo, Ghezzal, Sottil, Cutrone, Brancolini.

Unavailable: Kouamé, Ribery.

Suspended players: Badelj.

Coach:  Giuseppe Iachini.

AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): G.Donnarumma; Conti, Gabbia, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic.

Subs: Begovic A. Donnarumma Calabria Musacchio, Bonaventura, Laxalt, Brescianini, Krunic, Paquetà, D. Maldini.

Unavailable: Duarte, Biglia, Kjaer, Saelemaekers.

No suspended players.

Coach:  Stefano Pioli.

Sunday 23 February 2020

GENOA – LAZIO
Luigi Ferraris Stadium
Referee: MARESCA
Assistants: TEGONI – ROCCA
Fourth Official: ABBATTISTA
VAR: MASSA
AVAR: LO CICERO
12:30

  • Here are Genoa vs Lazio probable lineups.

GENOA (3-4-3): Perin; Biraschi, Soumaoro, C. Zapata; Ankersen, Behrami, Cassata, Criscito; Pandev, Sanabria, Favilli.

Subs: Ichazo, Marchetti, Masiello, Goldaniga, Barreca, Jagiello, Eriksson, Schöne, Destro, Pinamonti.

Unavailable: Ghiglione, Iago Falque, Lerager, Pajac, Radovanovic, Romero.

Suspended players: Sturaro.

Coach:  Davide Nicola.

LAZIO (3-5-2): Strakosha; Patric, Acerbi, S. Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic, Luis Alberto, Jony; Correa, Immobile.

Subs: Proto, Guerrieri, Vavro, Bastos, Marusic, J.Lukaku, Cataldi, Parolo, A. Anderson, 4 Adekanye, Caicedo.

Unavailable: Lulic.

Suspended players: Luiz Felipe.

Coach: Simone Inzaghi.

ATALANTA – SASSUOLO
Atleti Azzurri D’Italia Stadium
Referee: MANGANIELLO
Assistants: BINDONI – VALERIANI
Fourth Official: FOURNEAU
VAR: FABBRI
AVAR: ALASSIO
15:00

  • Here are Atalanta vs Sassuolo probable lineups.

ATALANTA (3-4-1-2): Gollini; Toloi, Caldara, Djimsiti; Castagne, Malinovskyi, Freuler, Gosens: Gomez; Ilicic, Zapata.

Subs: Sportiello, Rossi, Palomino, Czyborra, Hateboer, Pasalic, De Roon, Tamere, Colley, Muriel.

Unavailable: Sutalo.

No suspended players.

Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

SASSUOLO (4-2-3-1): Consigli; Toljan, Romagna, G. Ferrari, Kyriakopoulos; Locatelli, Obiang; D. Berardi, Djuricic, Boga; Caputo.

Subs: Pegolo, Turati, Marlon, Peluso, Muldur, Magnani, Rogerio, Magnanelli, Bourabia, Haraslin, Defrel, Raspadori.

Unavailable: Chiriches, Tripaldelli, J. Traore.

No suspended players.

Coach:  Roberto De Zerbi.

HELLAS VERONA – CAGLIARI
Marc’Antonio Bentegodi Stadium
Referee: PAIRETTO
Assistants: TOLFO – IMPERIALE
Fourth Official: SACCHI
VAR: BANTI
AVAR: PRETI
15:00

  • Here are Hellas Verona vs Cagliari probable lineups.

HELLAS VERONA (3-4-2-1): Silvestri; Rrahmani, Gunter, Kumbulla; Faraoni, Amrabat, Badu, Lazovic; Zaccagni, Pessina; Di Carmine.

Subs: Radunovic, Berardi, Empereur, Adjapong, Bocchetti, Dawidowicz, Eysseric, Dimarco, Verre, Salcedo, Stepinski.

Unavailable: Borini, Danzi, Pazzini.

Suspended players: Veloso.

Coach:  Ivan Juric.

CAGLIARI (4-3-2-1): Cragno; Cacciatore, Pisacane, Ceppitelli, Lu. Pellegrini; Ionita, Cigarini, Rog; Joao Pedro, Nainggolan; Simeone.

Subs: Rafael, Olsen, Mattiello, Klavan, Walukiewicz, Oliva, Birsa, Paloschi, Ragatzu.

Unavailable: Pavoletti, Faragò.

Suspended players: Nandez.

Coach:  Rolando Maran.

TORINO – PARMA
Olimpico di Torino Stadium
Referee: ABISSO
Assistants: PERETTI – CALIARI
Fourth Official: ILLUZZI
VAR: VALERI
AVAR: SCHENONE
15:00

  • Here are Torino vs Parma probable lineups.

TORINO (3-5-2): Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Lyanco; De Silvestri, Lukic, Rincon, Baselli, Aina; Belotti, Berenguer.

Subs: Ujkani, Rosati, Djidji, Bremer, Singo, Ansaldi, Meite, Adopo, Edera, Zaza, Verdi, Millico.

No suspended players.

Coach:  Moreno Longo.

PARMA (4-3-3): Colombi; Laurini, Iacoponi, Alves, Gagliolo; Hernani, Brugman, Kurtic; Kulusevski, Cornelius, Gervinho.

Subs: Radu, Corvi, Dermaku, Regini, Pezzella, Grassi, Sprocati, Karamoh, Siligardi, Caprari.

Unavailable: Darmian, Inglese, Kucka, Sepe, Barillà, Scozzarella.

No suspended players.

Coach:  Roberto D’Aversa.

AS ROMA – LECCE
Olimpico di Roma Stadium
Referee: GIACOMELLI
Assistants: RANGHETTI – BRESMES
Fourth Official: MASSIMI
VAR: MAZZOLENI
AVAR: COSTANZO
18:00

  • Here AS Roma vs Lecce probable lineups.

AS ROMA (4-2-3-1): Pau Lopez; Bruno Peres, Mancini, Smalling, Kolarov; Cristante, Veretout; Perez, Mkhitaryan, Kluivert; Dzeko.

Subs: Fuzato, Cardinali, Ibanez, Spinazzola, Juan Jesus, Santon, Villar, Under, Pellegrini, Kalinic, Perotti.

Unavailable: Zaniolo, Zappacosta, Diawara, Pastore, Mirante, Cetin.

No suspended players.

Coach:  Paulo Fonseca.

LECCE (4-3-2-1): Gabriel; Donati, Lucioni, Rossettini, Calderoni; Majer, Deiola, Barak; Mancosu, Shakov; Lapadula.

Subs: Vera, Petriccione, Paz, Meccariello, Saponara, Vigorito, Oltremarini, Rispoli, Babacar, Dell’Orco, Tachtsidis, Chironi.

Unavailable: Farias, Falco.

No suspended players.

Coach:  Fabio Liverani.

INTER – SAMPDORIA
Giuseppe Meazza Stadium
Referee: MARIANI
Assistants: MONDIN – GALETTO
Fourth Official: PICCININI
VAR: AURELIANO
AVAR: PASSERI
20:45

  • Here are Inter vs Sampdoria probable lineups.

INTER (3-5-2): Padelli; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Barella, Brozovic, Vecino, Young; R. Lukaku, L. Martinez.

Subs: Handanovic, Berni, Stankovic, D’Ambrosio, Ranocchia, Bastoni, Biraghi, Eriksen, Moses, Borja Valero, Agoume, Sanchez.

Unavailable: Gagliardini, Sensi, Esposito.

No suspended players.

Coach:  Antonio Conte.

SAMPDORIA (4-3-1-2): Audero; Bereszynski; Tonelli, Colley, Augello; Depaoli, Ekdal, Vieira; Linetty; Quagliarella, Gabbiadini.

Subs: Seculin, Falcone, Yoshida, Chabot, Thorsby, Bertolacci, Barretto, Leris, Jankto, Bonazzoli, La Gumina, Maroni.

Unavailable: Ferrari.

Suspended players: Murru, Ramirez.

Coach:  Claudio Ranieri.