After only one season, Benevento and Hellas Verona have already lost their status in the top flight, and in the past two weeks the fate of who will join them in Serie B has been twisting and turning dramatically.
For a long while Chievo and Udinese seemed to be the worst sides in Serie A. Rolando Maran grabbed only two wins in his last 22 games in charge of the Flying Donkeys, while Massimo Oddo lost 11 a club record consecutive matches before getting the sack.
However, the two clubs changed their Coaches, Lorenzo D'Anna grabbing all six points from his two games at the helm of Chievo and Igor Tudor collecting four points in his three games.
It is hard to see one of the two teams descending to Serie B, as the last fixture for the Zebrette will be against a Bologna side that failed to win any of their last five matches and a Coach that has one foot out the club. Meanwhile Chievo will be against the team tailing the league, with the worst defence in the competition, Benevento. Even if one of them suffered defeat, it will need the other four to win their ties for Udinese or Chievo to be relegated.
On the other hand, last season's miracle makers Crotone and newcomers SPAL have enjoyed flashes of magic throughout this campaign, earning draws with Juventus and Inter, yet are the closest to the bottom with tough games lying ahead of them.
The Pitagorici will travel to the Stadio San Paolo to face Napoli and the Biancazzurri are up against one of the best Sampdoria sides since Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini left the club.
The two teams could still survive even if they did not win their last game of the season, as a draw for each side could see Cagliari fall down the pecking order.
Last week's triumph over Fiorentina was shocking and vital for the Sardinians, putting them one point ahead of Crotone and SPAL, but they are facing the toughest final fixture. Atalanta need the points to secure their Europa League status.
Cagliari hold the third worst front-line with 32 goals and the last time they achieved two wins in a row was back in November.
Neutrals will feel rather sad to see Benevento go, as they may have been appalling at times, but were rarely dull. SPAL and Crotone brought some sparkle to the relegation battle and it’d be disappointing to see them go while Chievo, Udinese and Bologna can coast to safety doing the bare minimum.
If a team can lose 11 rounds in a row and still not go down, it doesn’t say much for the competitiveness of the league.
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