Calcio’s Project Restart, Serie A kicks off with the called off games from matchday 26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic breakout in Italy in early March.
Relegation-threatened Torino will host Europa hopefuls Parma. The hosts are two points above the drop zone while the visitors are two points below a Europa League place. This game may not involve your favourite Italian teams but because of both clubs’ ambitions, it will be a good game to watch. Three points to either of the teams is a great step forward for the eventual winner.
Torino FC comes into this game without a win in the last 6 six games, the worst current losing streak in the Serie A while Parma was also having their equal share of inconsistency by collecting 10 points out of a possible 18.
Torino last won a game five years ago against Parma and they have only managed a pick a point or more against Parma only 4 times out of the previous 19 encounters with their most previous meeting in the first round of this season going to Parma’s way in a 5 goals thriller which ended 3-2.
In order to salvage anything from this game, Torino will look to overturn their poor defensive run which has seen them concede 21 times in the previous 6 encounters. For Parma, they look to avoid another shocking consecutive defeat against League minnows just as they did against SPAL on Matchday 25.
In Veneto, Verona, the local side Hellas Verona will be hosting Cagliari which began the season on a high note in what was their best start of the season in over 50 seasons but they slowly hit low as Verona was gaining momentum and consistency in the campaign.
Cagliari last won away on the 3rd of November 2019 in Bergamo against Atalanta. They haven’t had a win in their last 6 games and have managed to collect 3 points with a DDDLLL Form.
With a European spot clearly in sight, Hellas are expected to go all the way to collect maximum points from this fixture. Hellas have a wonderful League home run in 2020 in which they have earned maximum points from including the famous 2-1 win against Juventus.
From their last meeting in Cagliari, the two teams shared the spoils in a one-all goal draw. This fixture rarely goes without a goal from both sides.
Cagliari last scored a goal in Verona in 2013 while the hosts it was in their three previous encounters at this venue. Cagliari will be looking to surprise the hosts with help from their 16 goal striker Joao Pedro.
Tomorrow, the previously cancelled fixtures of matchday 26 continue with two more fixtures which will include:
Atalanta hosting Sassuolo
The League’s highest-scoring team Atalanta hosting Sassuolo. Apart from how it will end, this game is an exciting fixture for the neutrals since both teams are very offensive teams so a goal galore is on the cards.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s Bergamo side have scored a whopping 28 goals from 8 league games this year averaging 3.5 goals per game. From such statistics of goal thirst, Atalanta looks like a team without a stadium preference but rather goalposts in which to score.
Atalanta will look further to tightly hold their grip onto the 4th and last Champions League spot for the coming 2020/21 season. 3 points will take 6 points away from 5th placed Roma. With 3 players who have more than 10 goals, Sassuolo needs one of the best defensive displays of the season to stop the Bergamese from scoring.
On the other hand, Sassuolo has not been good visitors. They have managed only 4 away points in 2020. Placed in 11th position, Sassuolo is known to waste many challenges. In order to go against Atalanta, they will need to be as clinical as possible.
Internazionale hosting Sampdoria
To crown the first matchday of Project Restart Calcio, under fire Internazionale will be hosting Sampdoria. Fresh from Cup elimination at the hands of eventual winners Napoli and two consecutive league defeats at the end of the sides occupying the top two slots, the Nerazzurri will be looking for nothing but a comfortable win.
A win for Inter will mean that the points will go to leaders and second-placed Juve and Lazio to six and five points respectively. Expected to be this season’s biggest challengers to Juventus, Internazionale has somehow made some avoidable slips which in turn have left them fourth on the log.
Internazionale at this stage of the League can not afford any more slips if at all they are going to be in the race of the Championship up to the end.
Looking onto their opponents Sampdoria, they are involved in a relegation fight in which any point is very vital and also in case they find themselves on the losing side as it has been for the most of this season, they should lose by a few goals. There is little hope for the visitors as they have won two and drawn once of their last 5 visits in the League.
Inter have won all their past 5 encounters scoring 14 goals in them. Sampdoria last won at the Guiseppe Meazza against Inter in 2016.
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Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.