Roma v Torino – Friday 19:45, BT Sport 2
Roma were phenomenal in their last game, which will most likely knock Napoli off top spot once Juve have played their game in hand, as Edin Dzeko put in a man of the match display bagging himself two goals and the win. Meanwhile, Il Toro lost at second-from-bottom Hellas Verona in their last outing a couple of weeks ago, with their game against Crotone being postponed along with all the other Sunday games in Serie A due to unfortunate circumstances. Since the arrival of new coach Walter Mazzarri, the visitors have drawn two of three winless road trips and haven’t looked like winning any of these, failing to score more than a solitary strike in each despite facing two bottom-five sides. It won’t get any easier against Eusebio Di Francesco’s men this Friday, as Roma have won four of their last five, as well as seven of eight unbeaten home games when excluding visits from teams above Torino in the table. To make things worse, the hosts have won each of their five head to heads with Torino in the league at the Stadio Olimpico since 2012/13.
Guingamp v Nice – Sunday 14:00
Nice finally ended their seven game winless run in all competitions at the Allianz Riviera against second-from-bottom Lille in their last game. Meanwhile, things aren’t much better for Guingamp, who lost for the eighth time on the road this season at Angers, leaving them winless in their last four league games overall. The hosts have been far from convincing at home either as they’ve won just two of their last nine at Stade de Roudourou, and finished with stalemates in six of their last 11 here. Moreover, Les Aiglons have drawn half of their last eight away games with none of these matches being decided by more than a solitary goal.
Inter v Napoli – Sunday 19:45, BT Sport 1
Inter have been struggling since their season went off the rails in December, only winning two of their last 13 game in all competitions as they’ve dropped down to fifth, whilst also being knocked out of the Coppa Italia. The Serie A leaders, on the other hand, have won 10 of their last 11 games with only Roma managing to stop them in this time, and that was despite having 67% of the possession and 16 more shots than their opponents. Furthermore, they’ve been knocked out of the Europa League, so will be concentrating solely on winning the title come the end of the season. An out of form I Nerazzurri side will need to play out of their skin if they’re to get anything from this fixture, especially as the visitors have won 12 of their 13 unbeaten away games this term.
Alaves have completely transformed their season since the arrival of Abelardo Fernandez, winning eight of their 11 games excluding matches against the stand out top-three, having lost nine of 11 such games prior to that. Added to that, the Babazorros have won eight of their nine unbeaten games in all competitions at the Mendizorrotza under new management, beating both top-five sides Sevilla and Valencia in that time. What’s more, Real Betis have failed to score in their last two games and given their defensive record is the third worst in the league they are more reliant than most on their attack and Alaves can take advantage of their misfiring forwards.