Across the Continent weekend preview: 29-30 December

While La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 clubs are all enjoying a well-earned winter break, there is still plenty of Serie A action coming your way this weekend, so this European football weekend preview is a Calcio special.

Serie A

There are ten matches in Serie A on Friday and Saturday, with the best certainly having been saved for last as Juventus welcome Roma to Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Massimiliano Allegri’s team are currently unbeaten in 12, winning nine of these matches, most-recently battling to a 2-1 win at Frosinone just before Christmas; Kenan Yıldız and then Dušan Vlahović the scorers.

However, a 1-1 draw at Genoa the week before leaves la Vecchia Signora four points behind leaders Inter, under pressure to keep on winning in this title race.

Roma meanwhile claimed a vital victory last Saturday night, defeating Napoli 2-0 in Derby del Sole at Stadio Olimpico, courtesy of late goals from Lorenzo Pellegrini and then Romelu Lukaku.

Six days earlier, José Mourinho’s men had slipped out of the Champions League places, beaten 2-0 at Bologna, a result that saw the Special One become the under pressure one.

I Giallorossi are currently sixth, so can Roma spring a surprise in Turin?

Elsewhere, the other seven sisters ‘sette sorelle’ will all fancy their chances of concluding 2023 with victory, including AC Milan, who are under more pressure than most to do so.

Stefano Pioli’s side were held to a 2-2 draw by Salernitana last time out, meaning I Rossoneri have now conceded 64 goals in 2023, the most in a single year since records began.

In better news, Milan have won three on the spin at San Siro, hoping to extend that streak against Sassuolo.

On Friday, Napoli are likely to beat Monza and Inter should be too strong for Genoa at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Bologna have been this season’s revelations, currently up in fourth place, so will Thiago Motta’s team remain in the Champions League spots, for another week at least, by beating Udinese on the road?


Under 2.5 goals

Juventus vs Roma


Napoli to win

Napoli vs Monza


AC Milan to win

AC Milan vs Sassuolo


Internazionale Milano to win

Genoa vs Inter Milan


Fiorentina to win

Fiorentina vs Torino


Atalanta to win

Atalanta vs Lecce


Lazio to win

Lazio vs Frosinone


Bologna to win or draw

Udinese vs Bologna


At 38/1 a £10 bet would return £388.54

Serie A acca of the week

Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".