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Serie A Matchday 38: Who plays who, when and where on the final weekend?

We take a look at the final round of fixtures in Italy this season, with just one key detail still to be resolved at the bottom of the table...

Roma secured fifth place on Wednesday night courtesy of their victory over Torino, and they remain in Turin for the final day of the Serie A season to take on champions Juventus on Saturday.

Here’s the lowdown on Matchday 38’s 10 remaining fixtures, with the final relegation spot and runners-up place still to be decided…

SATURDAY 1 AUGUST

Brescia v Sampdoria
Mario Rigamonti, 18:00 CEST

The hosts have lost their last three in the league since beating fellow demoted side SPAL at the Mario Rigamonti on Matchday 34, which was only their third home win of an ultimately disappointing season.

Sampdoria have seen the air go out of their season having also lost their last three but, despite the 4-1 midweek loss to AC Milan, there was some cheer for goalkeeper Wladimiro Falcone - who made his Serie A debut more than nine years after joining the club’s academy.

Atalanta v Inter
Gewiss Stadium, 20:45 CEST

Victory for Atalanta will earn them second spot - but whether they seal a runners-up spot or not it’s been a memorable campaign for a team already guaranteed their highest league finish, a record points total, and the most single season wins and goals in their history.

Inter have won more matches on their travels (12) than any other team in Serie A this season and if they move the needle to 13 in Bergamo, they will finish in the top two for the first time since 2010-11. A draw, however, opens up the possibility for Lazio to leapfrog both sides.

Juventus v ROMA
Allianz Stadium, 20:45 CEST

With just eight points from their last seven games (W2, D2, L3), Juve have staggered over the line as champions and have lost two of their last three; against Sampdoria and, most recently, Cagliari.

In stark contrast, Roma have been superb over the same seven-game period (W6, D1) and the win over Torino made it three wins from three going into an away fixture they haven’t won since January 2010 as the Giallorossi aim to end a run of eight successive league defeats at Juve.

Milan v Cagliari
Giuseppe Meazza, 20:45 CEST

Despite their 11-game unbeaten run (W8, D3), Milan were unable to catch Roma in fifth but have booked a Europa League place by securing sixth and have a red-hot Zlatan Ibrahimovic going into the final home game of the season, having scored four in his last three.

Cagliari have already keenly felt Ibrahimovic’s prowess this season, with the Swede on target in Milan’s 2-0 victory in the reverse but the visitors will be confident of ending 2019-20 on a real high after their own front two - Luca Gagliano and Giovanni Simeone - fired them past Juve.

Napoli v Lazio
San Paolo, 20:45 CEST

Coppa Italia glory means Napoli round out next season’s Italian European contenders and they are unbeaten in their last six home games against a side they have only lost to once in the previous 10 meetings at the San Paolo (W6, D3, L1).

The visitors could finish anywhere from fourth to second depending on the outcome of this and Atalanta-Inter, while Ciro Immobile’s 34 goals lead the race for the Capocannoniere with three more than nearest rival Cristiano Ronaldo and two away from the single season record set by then Napoli man Gonzalo Higuain (36) in 2015-16.

SUNDAY 2 AUGUST

SPAL v Fiorentina
Paolo Mazza, 18:00 CEST

SPAL have one final shot at ending their 11-match winless run (D2, L9) against a team they haven’t beaten since a 1-0 home victory in January 1968.

Fiorentina climbed into the top half of the table in dismantling Bologna 4-0 this week, thanks to 22-year-old Federico Chiesa’s first Serie A hat-trick - which made him the first Italian player to score a league treble for La Viola since Roma old boy Alberto Aquilani did so against Genoa in January 2014.

Bologna v Torino
Renato Dall’ara, 20:45 CEST

The defeat to Fiorentina was Bologna’s third in four games but they have lost only one of their last four at home (W1, D2) and are unbeaten in three against Torino at the Renato Dall’ara (W1, D2).

Torino became Roma’s latest victims on Wednesday as they succumbed to a 3-2 defeat and they will be without suspended pair Soualiho Meite and Lyanco who both picked up their fifth bookings of the season against the Giallorossi.

Genoa v Hellas Verona
Luigi Ferraris, 20:45 CEST

A resounding 5-0 defeat at the hands of Sassuolo means it’s two goalless losses on the spin for Genoa, who sit just one point above the drop zone and know only a victory over Verona can guarantee their safety on the final day of the season.

At the start of the campaign, many would have thought Verona would be in the relegation reckoning too come Matchday 38 but far from it, and this week’s 3-0 win over SPAL - including a Samuel Di Carmine brace - moved them ninth.

Lecce v Parma
Via del Mare, 20:45 CEST

The 2-1 win at Udinese gives Lecce a fighting chance of staying up on the final day, which they go into a point behind Genoa. With the head-to-head record as it is, however, Lecce must win to have any hope of staying in the division.

Parma - who won the meeting earlier in the campaign 2-0 - have no such relegation issues and are firmly stationed in mid-table, with their possible league finish ranging from ninth to 13th depending on results.

Sassuolo v Udinese
Mapei Stadium, 20:45 CEST

Sassuolo’s win over Genoa earned a second-highest Serie A finish in the club’s history and Francesco Caputo’s brace took him to five home goals since the resumption, a return only bettered by Ronaldo at the Allianz (seven) across all of Europe’s returning major leagues.

Udinese’s two-game winning run may have been ended by Lecce but the Bianconeri have lost just two of their seven most recent away games (W3, D2, L2) and found the back of the net in each of their last five matches, courtesy of five different scorers.

 
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