Serie A Preview & Predictions: January 9, 2022

    Serie A football keeps coming thick and fast in early January, with more matches scheduled for Sunday.

    From Milan’s trip to Venezia to Inter Milan’s home meeting with Lazio, let’s have a look at the three most exciting Serie A match-ups to watch out for on Sunday.

    Venezia vs AC Milan

    Sunday’s Serie A action kicks off at the Stadio Pierluigi Penzo as newly-promoted Venezia entertain AC Milan in their first top-flight meeting at home since February 2002. 

    Last season’s Serie A runners-up cruised to a landslide 2-0 home win in the reverse fixture in September, making it two league H2H triumphs in a row.

    Milan dispatched bitter rivals Roma 3-1 last time out to paint the beginning of the new calendar year with flying colours and stay within touching distance of pacesetters Inter Milan.

    After going two Serie A games without winning (D1, L1), Stefano Pioli’s men have won their last two league matches by an aggregate score of 7-3.

    Seeking a third consecutive top-flight victory for the first time since October, the Rossoneri will fall back on their intimidating Serie A form against newly-promoted sides.

    They have only lost one of their last 22 such match-ups (W15, D5), keeping an eye-catching 13 clean sheets in the process.

    That should strike fear into Venezia’s hearts, with the hosts entering this round winless in their last six Serie A outings (D2, L4), conceding 2+ goals in each defeat in this sequence.

    Roma vs Juventus

    Stadio Olimpico is the venue as Roma and Juventus go head-to-head in a blockbuster Serie A encounter, with both sides looking to bounce back from false starts to 2022.

    While the Giallorossi succumbed to a frustrating 3-1 defeat at Milan, Juventus came from a goal down to hold Napoli to a 1-1 draw at home last time out.

    Jose Mourinho’s men have gone winless in back-to-back Serie A matches (D1, L1), falling six points behind fourth-placed Atalanta, who also have a game in hand.

    Juventus’ visit to the nation’s capital could stir more painful memories in the home camp, considering Roma have lost more Serie A games (84) to this opposition than against any other side in the competition’s history.

    Meanwhile, the record-time Italian champions head into proceedings amid a six-game unbeaten run in Italy’s top-flight (W4, D2), with each of those fixtures featuring precisely two goals.

    It’s worth noting that Massimiliano Allegri’s side have won three of their last four Serie A away matches (D1), all of which yielded an identical 2-0 scoreline. 

    Inter Milan vs Lazio

    Inter Milan’s mouth-watering clash against Lazio at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza will serve to round off Sunday’s action.

    A Covid-19 outbreak in the Bologna camp forced the postponement of Inter’s first Serie A game of 2022, as the reigning champions look to pick up where they left off in 2021.

    Coming into this matchday, Simone Inzaghi’s men have won six consecutive league matches without conceding en route to setting an unprecedented milestone in the club’s history.

    Another clean sheet would see them record seven consecutive shutouts in a single Serie A campaign for the first time since 1971, though it won’t be an easy task.

    Standing in Inter’s way will be a Lazio side that started the new calendar year with an action-packed 3-3 draw with promoted Empoli on home turf.

    The Biancocelesti have scored precisely three goals in their last three league fixtures on the bounce, highlighting their scoring prowess under Maurizio Sarri.

    Sarri himself is unbeaten in his last seven meetings with Inter (W5, D2), which remains the best win percentage among managers to have faced the Nerazzurri on 10+ occasions in league action. 

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