Serie A, Round 32 preview: what to watch

Giuseppe Bellini

There aren't a lot of terribly exciting matchups featured in Week 32, but with eight teams still striving for a Europa League place, and five teams in danger of relegation, there's still plenty of reason to watch Serie A.

Saturday, April 5

Chievo Verona vs. Hellas Verona

6 p.m. local, 12 p.m. ET at the Bentegodi, Verona
It's the...Derby della Scalla, that's right. Since this derby's only been around for twenty years and this will be the twelfth time it's been played, sometimes it's hard to remember the official name. Anyway, the Montagues and the Capulets face off in hopes of reaching a distant sixth place / avoiding relegation. Should be a thrill!

Inter Milan vs. Bologna

8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET at the San Siro, Milan
Inter keeps getting the single-game slots and they keep putting us to sleep. Combining the nerazzurri with Bologna must be some sort of torture device developed by Italian officials. Watch at your own risk, but keep in mind - Bologna haven't scored without the aid of the spot and the whistle since February 9.

Sunday, April 6

Lazio vs. Sampdoria

12:30 pm. local, 6:30 a.m. ET at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Lazio are still within spitting distance of grabbing a European place, while Sampdoria are mindful of staying above rivals Genoa. Goalfest or drab draw?

Atalanta vs. Sassuolo

3 p.m. local, 9 a.m. ET at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo
The re-appointment of Eusebio Di Francesco has brought no miracles to Sassuolo - only four points, followed by three straight losses. They're five points from safety and now must travel to Bergamo, facing off against an Atalanta side who've won six straight while conceding just twice.

Cagliari vs. AS Roma

3 p.m. local, 9 a.m. ET at the Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari
Cagliari can't seem to find any sort of consistency and have just 32 points, but considering how bad the bottom five sides are this season, it looks like they'll stay safe. This''ll be a Roma win, of course.

Catania vs. Torino

3 p.m. local, 9 a.m. ET at the Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
Catania have fallen off a very steep cliff and, with just one point from seven games, are likely already making plans for their time in Serie B. Torino's cliff was less like an Alp and more a gentle slope, but their faltering likely cost them a European place. So this one should be a thriller.

Fiorentina vs. Udinese

3 p.m. local, 9 a.m. ET at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence
Udinese's late "run" has consisted of two goals, two wins and a draw, making them safe, but not in any danger of reaching Europe. Fiorentina, meanwhile, have managed to wiggle their way out of a scary, scary Champions League place by scoring just once in their last four matches. With this one the best choice of the Sunday afternoon matches, let's hope these sides can somehow find a way to make things interesting.

Parma vs. Napoli

8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET at the Tardini, Parma
Napoli played some of their best football this season when defeating Juventus last week, so it stands to reason that they should show up at the Tardini looking like a side still challenging for second. Just two problems: The partenopei save their best football for "big clubs", and Parma, after ending a 17-game unbeaten run by losing three straight, will be looking to right the ship and keep a lock on that last European position.

Monday, April 7

Juventus vs. Livorno

7 p.m. local, 1 p.m. ET at Juventus Stadium, Turin
After losing last week to Napoli, Juve are likely to take out their aggression on poor Livorno, who are still a point away from safety. The amaranto came back to take a point from Inter last week, but it's highly unlikely that this week's tie will be the way they're saved.

Genoa vs. AC Milan

9 p.m. local, 3 p.m. ET at the Marassi, Genoa
Is Clarence Seedorf finally making an impression at Milan? Three games unbeaten for the rossoneri, although a 3-0 win over Chievo isn't all that much to crow about. Genoa provides a real test, still strong and reluctant to concede at home. But with Milan hosting Catania and Livorno next, Seedorf will be mindful that three straight wins could very well take his side into Europe.

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