Serie A Relegation Battle Tips: Who's Headed for Serie B?

Serie A Relegation Battle Tips: Who's Headed for Serie B?

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Juventus may be an incredible 20 points in front of second-place Napoli with seven rounds of Serie A still to play, but the bottom of the table tells a very different story.

The Bianconeri could win the title this weekend, but the relegation battle looks set to go right down to the wire, we're giving punters a number of interesting options across the top football betting sites.

Chievo Verona currently occupy the bottom position and are almost certain to drop to Serie B, while Frosinone in 19th place are also looking extremely far from safety.

Therefore it is the third and final place that remains so close, and what follows is a guide to the six teams battling to avoid relegation, with odds provided by Karamba and Bet365.

Empoli - 28 points (20/29 with Karamba)

After achieving promotion from Serie B last season, Empoli currently occupy the dreaded 18th position in the top flight, having taken just 28 points from 31 matches.

After Aurelio Andreazzoli was deemed not good enough to keep the Blues up in November, the club hierarchy went for Serie A survival expert Beppe Iachini only to bring back Andreazzoli in March.

A recent surprise win over Napoli was backed up by a 3-2 home defeat to fellow strugglers Udinese, and remaining games versus Sampdoria, Fiorentina, Inter and Torino make this a good team to back for relegation this term.

Bologna - 30 points (3/1 with Bet365)

Bologna have been a mid-table regular for the last few seasons, however, the Rossoblu remain just two points ahead of Empoli after an uncharacteristic struggle this term.

Boss Roberto Donadoni was replaced by the tenacious Sinisa Mihajlovic at the end of January, but even he has struggled to achieve the necessary results so far.

They too will face Sampdoria and Fiorentina before the end of the campaign, as well as very tough encounters with Napoli, Lazio and AC Milan, making their bid for survival look almost impossible.

SPAL - 32 points (13/2 with Karamba)

Last season, this Ferrara-based side were not given a chance of survival after entering the Italian top flight for the first time in 50 years.

After taking some time to adjust to the rigours of Serie A, Coach Leonardo Semplici formulated a plan that made his side extremely difficult to beat and – after a further season to perfect that approach – it’s difficult to see SPAL losing the relegation battle this time around despite some difficult fixtures.

They host top-of-the-table Juventus this weekend and 888Sport are offering 18/5 for them to emerge victorious.

Udinese - 32 points (14/1 with Bet365)

Here is another team who have opted to jump on board the merry-go-round with their coach, starting the season with the relatively unknown Julio Velazquez.

They replaced him with the much more experienced Davide Nicola, only to bring back Igor Tudor following a brief stint at the end of last season.

The latter man should see out fixtures including those versus Lazio, AS Roma, Atalanta and SPAL on the final day of the campaign, but Udinese are a side that seems woefully inconsistent and one that could indeed collapse.

Parma - 34 points (18/1 with Karamba)

After reaching as high as sixth by week 13, Parma have experienced a real drop-off in form in their first campaign in Serie A since being demoted to Serie D following bankruptcy in 2015.

The Ducali do face a slightly easier run-in than the rest, and it’s very unlikely that they will drop back into Serie B this May.

Last weekend, Roberto D’Aversa’s men pulled off an impressive 0-0 draw with Torino after three previous defeats in a row, proving that this side have the necessary determination to remain in the top flight.

Genoa - 34 points (25/1 with Bet365)

Long periods of managerial instability have been part of normal procedure for Italy’s oldest club in recent years, however, it seems like Genoa have finally found the right man with former national team boss Cesare Prandelli.

The Grifone pulled off an excellent 1-1 draw with Napoli last weekend, and look likely to stay up even with a Derby della Lanterna match with local rivals Sampdoria on the horizon.

"We had chances to score even when it was 11 against 11," revealed Prandelli after the Napoli match when their opponents had a man sent off.

"We certainly weren’t lacking in character and determination tonight, so it’s a very satisfying result, in the circumstances."

He added: "These lads are working so hard and deserve more. Goran Pandev had a slightly new position and the results were impressive. Changing to a 3-5-2 overall brought a positive response from the lads."

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