We’re just six matches away from the end of the 2018-19 Serie A season and the European spots are still uncertain and yet to be decided.
With the league title in the bag for Juventus and Napoli almost certain finishing as runners-up spot next season, nothing is certain from second place down.
In fact, there are six teams left who will battle for just four places which would mean playing European football in the upcoming season. One of them is the fourth and last place valid for Champions League football while the remaining three places would mean playing in the Europa League.
It’s important to keep in mind the fact that if one of the Coppa Italia semifinalists (Atalanta, Fiorentina, Lazio, and Milan) is still in a chance of clinching a place in Europa League if they win the cup and finish out of the top 7 places in the league.
Here’s an overview of all the contenders’ situations and their remaining matches.
Milan (current position – 4th)
Milan won against one of the serious contenders for a top-4 finish Lazio last time out and is currently fourth with a point-advantage over fifth place. The Rossoneri have quite had a season of ups and downs but for sure they have improved on their form compared to previous years.
They lost the Derby against Inter last month which gave start to a bad run of results for Gattuso’s side with three losses and a draw in the four matches prior to the Lazio match.
Now, with six matches to go, they will be hoping they can get the necessary points to clinch a much-awaited fourth place which would see them return to Champions League football since 2013.
|vs Parma||away||Saturday 20th April|
|vs Torino||away||Sunday 28th April|
|vs Bologna||home||Monday 6th May|
|vs Fiorentina||away||Saturday 11th May|
|vs Frosinone||home||Sunday 19th May|
|vs SPAL||away||Sunday 26th May|
Roma (current position – 5th)
It has been a below-standard season for the Giallorossi especially in contrast to last year’s amazing run in the Champions League and a top-four finish at the end of the Serie A.
Nevertheless, Ranieri’s side are still with a chance to clinch a European spot thanks to important back-to-back wins in their last two fixtures against Sampdoria and Udinese.
After sacking Eusebio Di Francesco and replacing him with Claudio Ranieri back in March, the Giallorossi will be hoping the latter will be able to give them the necessary last push and secure Europa League football next season with a chance for the fourth place still theirs to take.
|vs Inter||away||Saturday 20th April|
|vs Cagliari||home||Saturday 27th April|
|vs Genoa||away||Sunday 5th May|
|vs Juventus||home||Sunday 12th May|
|vs Sassuolo||away||Saturday 18th May|
|vs Parma||home||Sunday 26th May|
Atalanta (current position – 6th)
The Bergamo side have been able to clinch Europa League spots for the past two seasons and it has now become normality to see them fighting for European football.
If they had to finish at sixth place, it would mean direct Europa League qualification but with just two points separating them from Milan in fourth, they are hoping they can go one step ahead and get to a Champions League spot next season. They drew their last two matches against Inter and Empoli and still need to face Napoli, Lazio, and Juventus away from home.
Atalanta are also in the Coppa Italia semi-finals where they need to play the second leg match against Fiorentina and if Gasperini’s side had to win the Coppa Italia they would free an extra Europa League slot in the league table which will be the seventh place.
|vs Napoli||away||Monday 22nd April|
|vs Udinese||home||Monday 29th April|
|vs Lazio||away||Sunday 5th May|
|vs Genoa||home||Saturday 11th May|
|vs Juventus||away||Sunday 19th May|
|vs Sassuolo||home||Sunday 26th May|
Torino (current position – 7th)
Torino last made it to a Europa League place back in 2014 and will be hoping they can reach their objective this season which is that of playing European football next season.
They still have to face Juventus away from home as well as two direct encounters against Milan and Lazio even though they will have the home factor on their side in both fixtures. In their last two fixtures, the Granata have spared the occasion of them consolidating a top 5 finish with their draws against Parma and Cagliari.
Mazzarri’s side will be hoping a team inside the top 7 will win the Coppa Italia since otherwise it would mean that the seventh place would not be valid for a Europa League qualification next season.
|vs Genoa||away||Saturday 20th April|
|vs Milan||home||Sunday 28th April|
|vs Juventus||away||Saturday 4th May|
|vs Sassuolo||home||Sunday 12th May|
|vs Empoli||away||Sunday 19th May|
|vs Lazio||home||Sunday 26th May|
Lazio (current position – 8th)
Lazio have a game in hand over the other five challenges which will be played tonight against Udinese in Rome. But after not being able to get the three points in their last three outings, the Biancocelesti need to reroute and get back to winning ways ahead of a crucial set of matches coming up and which will close the season.
Following the Udinese match tonight, Lazio will have the Coppa Italia second leg against Milan (the first leg ended in a 0-0 draw) followed by two crucial matches against Sampdoria and Atalanta. They also have Torino away from home in the last match of the season.
Lazio were beaten by Sevilla in the Europa League Round of 32 this season and the Biancocelesti will want to return next season.
|vs Udinese||home||Wednesday 17th April|
|vs Chievo||home||Saturday 20th April|
|vs Sampdoria||away||Sunday 28th April|
|vs Atalanta||home||Sunday 5th May|
|vs Cagliari||away||Saturday 11th May|
|vs Bologna||home||Monday 20th May|
|vs Torino||away||Sunday 26th May|
Sampdoria (current position – 9th)
At the moment, the Blucerchiati are just two points away from a valid Europa League spot next season and with last Sunday’s emphatic 2-0 win against Genoa in the derby, they are back in the race for a top 7 finish.
Giampaolo’s side last qualified for the Europa League back in 2015 with their run in Europe having been instantly crushed in the third qualifying round.
After failing to take advantage of certain matches this season, Sampdoria seemed to be out of the Europa League race, but with some crucial and most probably deciding matches left to be played, they will try and finish with the first seven teams in the league.
|vs Bologna||away||Saturday 20th April|
|vs Lazio||home||Sunday 28th April|
|vs Parma||away||Sunday 5th May|
|vs Empoli||home||Sunday 12th May|
|vs Chievo||away||Sunday 19th May|
|vs Juventus||home||Sunday 26th May|