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Defences to dominate when Torino hosts Fiorentina
Eric Roberts 2014-09-25 in Football Tips
Both Torino and Fiorentina are struggling to find the back of the net while at the same time being defensively frugal so backing under two and a half goals in their Sunday showdown is the best bet on the Italian Serie A coupon.
Torino scored more than one goal in a match for the first time in seven games across all competitions when it beat Cagliari 2-1 on Wednesday but one must note that it was against a struggling side coached by Zdenek Zeman, a firm believer in winning trying to win 5-4 rather than 1-0.
Prior to defeating Cagliari by the odd goal in three, Torino had failed to score in four consecutive games and five of its last six matches. Excluding its two UEFA Europa League games versus Swedish minnow Brommapojkarna, Torino’s games this season had produced a grand total of seven goals.
Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella must wish that he was not 40 years old and able to play at the highest level like he did in his pomp because the Viola have increasingly serious injury problems among its star strikers. Fiorentina could not find a way past an extremely limited Sassuolo team on Wednesday, making it three blanks in its first four Italian Serie A outings. Montella scored goals for fun in the 1990s and 2000s. It must be incredibly frustrating for a forward of his class to watch Fiorentina fail to kill off sides.
Only one of the eight Italian Serie A matches that Torino and Fiorentina have played this term has gone over two and a half goals and last season’s corresponding fixture finished goalless so one is keen on getting with under two and a half goals at odds of 7/101.70-1430.70-1.430.70 with BetVictor, Bwin and Ladbrokes.
Another Italian Serie A game that is likely to be light on for goals is the match between Sassuolo and Napoli. Sassuolo is counting the games until its star player, Juventus asset Domenico Berardi, returns from suspension. One has opposed Sassuolo in each of its last two Italian Serie A matches because it struggles to score without Berardi and it has hung on for 0-0 draws with Sampdoria and Fiorentina
Pressure is mounting on Napoli manager Rafa Benitez. Out of the UEFA Champions League before the lucrative group stage and struggling to stay in touch with the Italian Serie A pacesetters, Napoli’s campaign is not going according to plan. With both Sassuolo and Napoli likely to approach their Italian Serie A game cautiously, one is keen to back under two and a half goals at odds of 23/251.92-1090.92-1.090.92 with BetVictor.
Finally, Juventus is an acceptable price of 31/501.62-1610.62-1.610.62 with Coral to extend its Italian Serie A winning streak to 12 matches by beating mid-table Atalanta in the city of Bergamo.
Such is the superiority of Juventus over most of its Italian Serie A rivals that Juve have won 10 of its last 11 league games without conceding a goal. Sassuolo’s Simone Zasa was the last player to score an Italian Serie A goal against Juventus and that was nearly 700 minutes of action ago.
Atalanta has failed to score in three of its first four Italian Serie A matches, with its only goals coming in its 2-1 away victory over bottom-of-the-ladder Cagliari. One has to go back to 2004 for the last time that Juventus lost to Atalanta and Juve are on a eight-game series winning run.
Juventus is available at odds of 31/202.55+1551.551.55-0.65 with Boylesports to win its Italian Serie A match versus Atalanta and keep yet another clean sheet. Atalanta did okay in most of its Italian Serie A home game last season so one is leaning towards backing Juventus to prevail by any scoreline.
Torino v Fiorentina Under 2.5 goals
28th September 14:00 GMT
Where to Bet: BetVictor, Bwin.Ladbrokes
Sassuolo v Napoli Under 2.5 goals
28th September 11:30 GMT
Where to Bet: BetVictor
Juventus to beat Atalanta / win to nil
27th September 19:45 GMT
Odds: 31/501.62-1610.62-1.610.62 / 31/202.55+1551.551.55-0.65
Where to Bet: Coral, Boylesports
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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