SERIE A returns on Saturday with Inter Milan away to Genoa

Brescia vs Parma
Stadio Mario Rigamonti, Brescia
Saturday, 25-07-2020 @6:15pm
Ref: Lorenzo Maggioni

With nothing left for Brescia or Parma to play for, pride will be at stake when they meet at the Rigamonti on Saturday afternoon.

Brescia’s relegation from Serie A was confirmed by a 3- 1 defeat to Lecce in the previous round of fixtures, while Parma ended a run of seven games without a win last time out, beating Coppa Italia holders Napoli 2-1 to be sure of a midtable finish.

Mario Balotelli remains persona non grata for the hosts and is joined out of contention by the suspended Stefano Sabelli, as well as Andrea Cistana and possibly Emanuele Ndoj and Simon Skrabb. Parma’s list of absences is even longer, with none of Gaston Brugman, Andreas Cornelius, Riccardo Gagliolo, Hernani, Juraj Kucka and Matteo Scozzarella available.

On the flip side, striker Roberto Inglese is set to be handed his first start for six months after making a full recovery from a troublesome thigh injury.

Brescia’s last home defeat to Parma came all the way back in 2003.

Genoa vs Inter Milan
Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
Saturday, 25-07-2020 @8:30pm
Ref: Daniele Massa

Inter and Genoa are at opposite ends of the Serie A table, which makes their meeting on Sunday all the more fascinating.

With the Scudetto no longer within reach, Inter need to stop drawing and start winning again to secure the runners-up spot ahead of Atalanta and avoid falling behind Lazio, which would equate to a fourth-place finish for the third season running.

Antonio Conte will be without Stefan de Vrij and Nicolo Barella, who is suspended, against a Genoa side who are gaining momentum at just the right time, with two straight wins creating a four-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

Davide Nicola’s side have a strong record at home to Inter, but they host Inter without Lukas Lerager, who was their derby match-winner against Sampdoria but ruined his performance with a yellow card, earning him a one-game ban.

Inter have won just one of their last seven away meetings with Genoa.

Napoli vs Sassuolo
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Saturday, 25-07-2020 @10:45pm
Ref: Gianluca Aureliano

Napoli and Sassuolo lock horns at the San Paolo desperately needing to get back on track after suffering slumps of late.

Napoli’s high from winning the Coppa Italia has started to wear off, with the Partenopei registering only one win in their last four games, the most recent of which was a 2-1 defeat to Parma, who had lost six of their last seven.

However, their chances against Sassuolo are helped by Arkadiusz Milik having served a one-match ban and Dries Mertens closing in on full fitness, although Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne should start with the returning Pole up top.

Sassuolo, meanwhile, have seen their European hopes fizzle out after a three-game winless streak. They are set to do without Mehdi Bourabia following his red card in the 2-1 defeat to Milan and winger Jeremie Boga, who is still struggling with a muscle problem.

Napoli have won all-but-one of their 14 previous meetings with Sassuolo.

The Serie A upcoming fixtures

Sunday, 26-07-2020

-Bologna vs Lecce @6:15pm
-AS Roma vs Fiorentina @8:30pm
-Hellas Verona vs Lazio @8:30pm
-SPAL vs Torino @8:30pm
-Cagliari vs Udinese @8:30pm
-Juventus vs Sampdoria @10:45pm

Serie A recent results

Thursday, 23-07-2020

-Udinese 2-1 Juventus
-Lazio 2-1 Cagliari

Friday, 24-07-2020

-AC Milan 1-1 Atalanta

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