Emotions will be running very high at the Luigi Ferraris on Sunday when Genoa’s Italian Serie A campaign gets underway belatedly following last week’s bridge collapse tragedy.
Understandably, Italian Serie A officials postponed the Round One matches featuring Genoa and Sampdoria as their home city mourned 43 deaths. Genoa had been set to visit Milan but now the Red and Blues will kick off their Italian Serie A program with a home game against Empoli, which is second on the ladder after its 2-0 home defeat of Cagliari.
Genoa accrued four points from its two Italian Serie A games versus Empoli last season as a consequence of a 0-0 draw at the Luigi Ferraris and a 2-0 away victory for the Red and Blues at the Carlo Castellani. Both Genoa and Empoli had mixed pre-season campaigns but the former recorded a 4-0 Italian Coppa Italia home win over Lecce whereas the latter lost 0-3 at home to Cittadella in the same tournament. One thinks that Genoa will have the emotional equivalent of a 12th man when they tackle Empoli, the Red and Blues had an edge over the Blues last term and punters can get odds of +102 with 188Bet about the hosts collecting three points. Genoa supporters will be hoping that Krzysztof Piatek carries his Italian Coppa Italia form into Italian Serie A – the Poland U21 striker scored four times against Lecce.
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Roma stole three Italian Serie A points in the first round when Edin Dzeko netted an undeserving winner for the Yellow and Reds one minute before second-half stoppage time began. Roma is deep into odds-on territory to increase its Italian Serie A points tally to six with a home win over Atalanta on Monday and one thinks that bookmakers are not affording sufficient respect to the Goddess, which is top of the ladder following its 4-0 home hammering of Frosinone.
Atalanta won last term’s corresponding Italian Serie A fixture 2-1 in spite of having Marten de Roon sent off in the lead up to half time when the score was 2-0 in favour of the Goddess. Atalanta will be backing up from its UEFA Europa League 0-0 home draw with Kobenhavn on Thursday when the ball simply would not go into the net for the Goddess – their guest did not muster a single attempt on target and can count itself fortunate not to be out of the tie. Yes, Atalanta is keen on progressing in the UEFA Europa League but the Goddess have been playing well on several fronts this season and Roma is too short in the betting so back Gian Piero Gasperini’s men to avoid defeat in the capital at +125 with Bet365.
Finally, one’s third and final Italian Serie A selection is under two and a half goals at -130 with Black Type in what is an early relegation six-pointer between SPAL and Parma. SPAL has started out with a couple of 1-0 road victories – at Spezia in the Italian Coppa Italia and at Bologna in Italian Serie A – while Parma lost 0-1 at home to Pisa in the cup before drawing 2-2 with Udinese in its home league opener.
Neither SPAL nor Parma looks full of goals and, with both teams viewing Sunday’s Italian Serie A fixture as hugely important even though it is just Round Two of 38, one expects a cagey game in which goals are in short supply.
Genoa to beat Empoli
Sunday 26th August, 19:30 BST
Atalanta or Draw – Double chance
Monday 27th August, 19:30 BST
SPAL v Parma – Under 2.5 goals
Sunday 26th August, 17:00 BST