Race for fifth in Women’s Serie A intensifies, Juventus prepare for crucial AS Roma clash

Four teams are battling to finish the regular Women's Serie A in the top half, meaning the risk of relegation disappears entirely. Meanwhile, a huge clash between AS Roma and Juventus is coming up at the Stadio Tre Fontane.

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The split in the Women’s Serie A is approaching quickly and it is anyone’s guess as to who the fifth team making it into the top half will be. Matchday 14‘s results saw a different team climb into fifth, but three other sides have reason for optimism.

After 18 matchdays, the table will split in half and those in the top half are going to be playing against each other twice more, battling to win the title and/or qualify for the Women’s Champions League.

If you’re in the bottom half after 18 games, you’re at risk of relegation. For what it’s worth, it seems incredibly unlikely that Pomigliano or Napoli will be able to drag anyone else into the bottom two. Anything can happen once the table splits, though.

Sassuolo move into fifth

Sassuolo Women players celebrate a Lana Clelland goal. (Photo: US Sassuolo)

Whilst perhaps a slight improvement on last season, certainly in terms of the early stages, the 2023/24 season has not been a particularly fun one for Sassuolo. The Neroverde have never looked like going down, but also not looked like they will trouble the top half.

Now, with four games to the split, they are the ones in fifth, and they have a two-point lead over Como beneath them. Having won four of their last six league games (defeats being against second-placed Juventus and third-placed Fiorentina), Gianpiero Piovani‘s side could be mixing it with the top sides after the split.

They beat Como 1-0 away from home on Matchday 14, with Lana Clelland coming off the bench to grab an 84th-minute winner. Como are one of the teams in the hunt for fifth place, making the goal particularly important.

The fact that Sampdoria were beaten away at AS Roma and AC Milan stuttered again by drawing 0-0 with Pomigliano means that Sassuolo now sit in fifth, and they have a two-point lead over Como and Sampdoria, and three points on Milan.

The Neroverde could take another huge step towards avoiding any mathematical threat of relegation on Matchday 15, as they are at home to bottom side Napoli.

Juventus drop points ahead of crucial AS Roma clash

Juventus Women celebrate a Joe Echegini goal. (@JuventusFCWomen)

The title race in Women’s Serie A was reignited when Roma surprisingly dropped points against Inter on Matchday 13, but things have swung back in their direction again thanks to Juventus drawing 2-2 with Fiorentina.

The fact that Roma have lost a game now adds a different element to the title race, even if they five points ahead now rather than three. They don’t have that invincible aura anymore, and it only adds to the intrigue considering Roma host Juventus at the Stadio Tre Fontane on Matchday 15.

Kicking off at 17:00 CET on Sunday, February 4, Juventus know that a defeat would take the ability to win the title out of their own hands. The gap would be eight points, and they’d only have two more chances to face Roma. The Giallorosse are likely to be without Manuela Giugliano which is a huge blow, and Juventus look particularly strong in midfield at the moment.

It is going to be an incredible occasion, and one that Fiorentina will hope ends in a draw. La Viola are only two points behind Juventus and can feasibly end Matchday 15 ahead of the Bianconere, and not too far behind Roma. They are at home to Sampdoria, a game they’d expect to win.

Women’s Serie A 2023/24: Matchday 14 results

DateFixture
Sat, Jan 27Napoli 2-3 Inter
Sat, Jan 27AS Roma 2-0 Sampdoria
Sun, Jan 28Pomigliano 0-0 AC Milan
Sun, Jan 28Como W. 0-1 Sassuolo
Sun, Jan 28Fiorentina 2-2 Juventus

Women’s Serie A table

PosClubMPPts
1AS Roma1439
2Juventus1434
3Fiorentina1432
4Inter1423
5Sassuolo1417
6Como W.1415
7Sampdoria1415
8AC Milan1414
9Pomigliano146
10Napoli F.143

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