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Sassuolo’s medical team is working longer hours than a new junior doctor in one of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service hospitals so one has to oppose the Black and Greens in their Italian Serie A home match versus Internazionale.
Strength in depth is not something that one associates with Sassuolo so Black and Greens boss Eusebio Di Francesco is in an unenviable position heading into Saturday’s Italian Serie A game. Reports out of Italy suggest that Sassuolo may be without as many as eight first-team regulars, including key forward Domenico Berardi, for Internazionale’s visit and, therefore, one has to bet against the Black and Greens.
In a nutshell, Sassuolo is paying the Italian Serie A price for playing in the UEFA Europa League group stage. Sassuolo could not take a trick during its UEFA Europa League Group F campaign, finishing the pool stage at the bottom of that section and incurring several serious injuries. At least Internazionale did not ruin its Italian Serie A chance during its equally poor UEFA Europa League adventure.
Internazionale coach Stefano Pioli is likely to be without only Gary Medel for Saturday’s Italian Serie A match and Inter is coming off a couple of victories having beaten Sparta Praha and Genoa in their last two games. Sassuolo, however, has lost to Genk and Fiorentina most recently.
Sassuolo and Internazionale have faced 14 common Italian Serie A opponents and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Black and Greens trail the Black and Blues 4-3-7. Inter is trading at odds of +110 with numerous bookmakers, including Betfair and William Hill, and that strikes one as a good bet in the circumstances given that Sassuolo is probably going to deploy something akin to a second-string line-up.
Bookmakers, particularly Marathonbet with its quote of -118 about over two and a half goals, are ignoring the data of Juventus and Roma going into Saturday’s Italian Serie A blockbuster between the division’s top two sides.
Thirteen of the 16 Italian Serie A matches in which Juventus has featured have gone over two and a half goals, including each of the Old Lady’s eight league games at Juventus Stadium. Twelve of Roma’s 16 Italian Serie A matches have gone over two and a half goals, including five of the divisional road matches that the Yellow and Reds have played. League leaders Juventus will be attempting to secure its 25th consecutive Italian Serie A home win so the Old Lady should be good for at least one goal and one expects that Roma will elect to fight fire with fire and attack its host.
Another Italian Serie A game in the 17th round of matches that has the potential to be high scoring is Sunday’s clash between Napoli and Torino. Over two and a half goals is on offer at odds of -172 with Marathonbet and it is a wager.
Napoli has worked out how to score goals freely without Arkadiusz Milik, rustling the onion bag eight times in its last two Italian Serie A games. Ten of Napoli’s 16 Italian Serie A matches have gone over two and a half goals and one expects its over percentage to increase before the end of the season. Twelve of Torino’s 16 Italian Serie A games have gone over two and a half goals and it would be a surprise if Maroons manager Sinisa Mihajlovic told his players to adopt negative tactics versus a team with Napoli’s profile.
Inter to beat Sassuolo
Sunday 18th December, 11:30 GMT
Juventus v Roma – Over 2.5 Goals
Saturday 17th December, 19:45 GMT
Napoli v Torino – Over 2.5 Goals
Sunday 18th December, 14:00 GMT
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