All Three Promoted Teams to Remain Pointless


Opposing Italian Serie A newcomers Bologna, Carpi and Frosinone is the way that one wants to tackle the third round of championship matches, with the best bet being Sampdoria to beat Bologna at odds of -114 with Marathonbet.

In theory, Bologna is the weakest team in Italian Serie A this term because it gained promotion via the Italian Serie B play-offs last season. And Bologna’s results in its first two Italian Serie A games – one-goal losses at home to Sassuolo and away to Lazio – suggest that it is set for a long, hard fight against relegation from the top flight.

Sampdoria bowed out of the UEFA Europa League in an almighty shock, losing 0-4 at home to Vojvodina before salvaging some pride by winning its away leg 2-0. Sampdoria appears to have learned its lesson from its UEFA Europa League disaster and its opening two Italian Serie A matches have resulted in a 5-2 home win over Italian Serie B champion Carpi and a 2-2 away to one of last term’s top five teams, Napoli. That Sampdoria was far too good for Carpi in Genoa – Samp raced to a 5-0 lead inside the first 37 minutes – is what attracts one to Marathon’s odds of -114 about a Sunday home victory.

Not only has Bologna failed to pick up an Italian Serie A point but also it has crashed out of the Italian Coppa Italia as a consequence of a 0-1 home loss to third-tier Pavia. Pavia led before Bologna had a player sent off.

Roma is coming off a pre-international break 2-1 home win over Italian Serie A title holder Juventus, a fully merited victory that leads one to fancy its chance of defeating Frosinone in its road game versus the promoted side.

Bookmakers have pegged Frosinone as the Italian Serie A relegation favourite and it is difficult to see its stay around the elite lasting more than one season. Frosinone lost 11 of its 42 Italian Serie B matches last term and finished with a goal difference of just plus 13, which is very low for a divisional runner-up. The step up in class has proved beyond Frosinone in its first two Italian Serie A games, going down at home to Torino and away to Atalanta.

Roma is a notch or two above both Torino and Atalanta and, therefore, one thinks that bookmakers are fully justified to have installed the Wolves as hot favourites for Saturday’s Italian Serie A match. Roma has designs on wrestling the Italian Serie A championship away from Juventus and any contender should be collecting three points from a visit to Frosinone. William Hill is out of line at odds of -227 .

Finally, Italian Serie B champions Carpi has come up short in its opening two Italian Serie A assignments and it may be asking too much for it to avoid defeat at Palermo on Sunday.

Back-to-back Italian Serie A 1-0 wins have lifted Palermo to the fourth rung on the ladder and those consecutive clean sheets versus Genoa and Udinese spell trouble for Carpi, which failed to contain either Internazionale or Sampdoria in its first two league games. Carpi needed extra time to account for Livorno in the Italian Coppa Italia and that was despite enjoying home advantage. Palermo consistently beat Italian Serie A’s lesser lights on Sicily last term and, therefore, Marathonbet‘s odds of -179 makes one’s short list.

Tips Summary

Sampdoria to beat Bologna
13th September 14:00 GMT
Odds:  -114

Roma to beat Frosinone
12th September 17:00 GMT
Odds:  -227

Palermo to beat Carpi
13th September 14:00 GMT
Odds:  -179

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