Serie A returns to action after last week's tragedy.

Fiorentina to Honour Late Skipper with Home Win

Serie A returns to action after last week's tragedy.

Fiorentina will be riding on a wave of emotion when it faces Benevento in Italian Serie A’s early match on Sunday and the Purples are decent value to beat the bottom-of-the-ladder team after going into the break with a half-time lead.

Most of last weekend’s Italian Serie A games were postponed following the sudden death of Fiorentina skipper Davide Astori and the Purples buried their beloved captain on Thursday. Fiorentina has retired Astori’s 13 shirt number and it is the unenviable task of Benevento to tackle the Purples in their first post-funeral Italian Serie A match. Benevento is as good as doomed to the relegation at the foot of the Italian Serie A ladder, however, so it is not as though the high-profile game promises to define the cellar dweller’s campaign with it 13 points adrift of safety.

Fiorentina is 10th on the Italian Serie A ladder with a 9-8-9 record. According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Fiorentina enjoys a healthy 12-4-3 advantage over Benevento, including a 3-0 away victory in October’s reverse fixture in which the Purples scored in the 18th, 47th and 66th minutes. One’s first inclination was to pick a fired-up Fiorentina to defeat Benevento without conceding a goal but clean sheets have been few and far between for the Purples and, therefore, at similar odds of  -105   with BetVictor one prefers to bet on them being in front at halftime and staying ahead.

There is a compelling case to get stuck into prices of  +138   with Betway about Sampdoria winning its Italian Serie A road match versus relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

Sampdoria is sixth on the Italian Serie A ladder and right in the hunt for a UEFA Europa League berth. Crotone is 18th in the Italian Serie A pecking order with a goal difference of minus 24 and no wins against teams ranked higher than 10th. According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Sampdoria boasts a huge 16-0-3 lead over Crotone and some of the more progressive counts favour Samp 11-0-0 and 15-0-1. The 11-0-0 Italian Serie A progressive collateral form count means that Sampdoria has outperformed Crotone against Napoli (first), Juventus (second), Roma (third), Lazio (fourth), Internazionale (fifth), Milan (seventh), Atalanta (eighth), Torino (ninth), Fiorentina (10th), Udinese (11th) and, of course, in their direct clash.

Another Italian Serie A traveler in which one is interested this weekend is Atalanta, which is trading at odds of  -104   with 888Sport to accrue three points at Bologna on Sunday.

Atalanta is above Bologna on the Italian Serie A ladder and that is a key pointer to the outcome of their second meeting this term – the Red and Blues have won only one of their 15 divisional games versus higher ranked opponents, owning a dismal 1-2-12 record against sides in the top 11. Atalanta is eighth on the Italian Serie A ladder, the Goddess beat Bologna 1-0 at home five months ago and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the boys in blue and black holds a 12-1-6 edge over their weekend hosts, including impressive progressive count advantages of 4-0-0, 9-0-2 and 12-1-5.

Below are one’s Italian Serie A collateral form numbers for all 10 matches taking place as the competition resumes.

Roma 11-2-6
Verona 5-5-9
Fiorentina 12-4-3
Bologna 6-1-12
Cagliari 4-1-14
Crotone 3-0-16
Juventus 14-1-4
Sassuolo 6-3-10
Genoa 8-2-9
Internazionale 5-3-11

Fiorentina to beat Benevento – HT/FT double result
Sunday 11th March, 11:30 GMT
Odds:  -105

Sampdoria to beat Crotone
Sunday 11th March, 14:00 GMT
Odds:  +138

Atalanta to beat Bologna
Sunday 11th March, 14:00 GMT
Odds:  -104

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