Luciano Spalletti has got Internazionale purring in Italian Serie A and his team, one of three sides yet to drop a point in the division, is one’s headline midweek pick.
The 2-0 margin flattered Internazionale but the Black and Blues deserved to maintain their 100 per cent Italian Serie A record with a victory at Crotone on Saturday, it is just that the two-goal difference was a little bit harsh on their plucky hosts. Internazionale is scoring freely and Roma is the only Italian Serie A team to have found the back of the net against them and that was in a 1-3 home defeat for the Yellow and Reds. Internazionale went hard to get Spalletti and the former Roma coach is rewarding their adventure.
Bologna is on four Italian Serie A points after four rounds of the competition with its solitary win courtesy of a 1-0 success at bottom-of-the-ladder Benevento, the promoted side that is already looking well out of its depth in the top division. Bologna and Internazionale have had one common Italian Serie A foe this season so there is a collateral form line to consider – the Red and Blues lost 1-2 at Fiorentina whereas the Black and Blues registered a 3-0 victory over the Purples in Milan. That Italian Serie A collateral form suggests that Internazionale is three goals superior to Bologna and, while that may be a push based on just a couple of results, one has no problem whatsoever with the Black and Blues at odds of -167 with Marathonbet to extend their perfect Italian Serie A record under Spalletti to five wins. Last term’s corresponding Italian Serie A fixture resulted in a 1-0 victory for Internazionale and you have to go all the way back to March 2013 for Inter’s last loss to Bologna.
Spalletti’s old team, Roma, is less of an Italian Serie A title threat this season than it has been for several years but the Yellow and Reds ought to make it three wins from four starts by beating Benevento on Wednesday. Bet365 and Betway are quoting odds of -278 about Roma posting an Italian Serie A road victory over the side at the foot of the ladder.
Benevento led Sampdoria for 23 minutes in the opening round of Italian Serie A but it has been downhill ever since the first of Fabio Quagliarella’s brace for Samp – the Wizards have gone 345 minutes without a goal and Napoli hit them for six on Sunday. Having already lost Italian Serie A matches at home to Bologna and Torino does not bode well for the midweek visit of a Roma team that has won at Atalanta.
It is a quirk of the Italian Serie A fixture list that Genoa and Chievo have run into three of the same sides – Juventus, Lazio and Udinese – and, based on those results, one is keen on backing the draw in their Wednesday clash at odds of +240 with Betfair and William Hill.
According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Chievo enjoys a 1-2-0 lead over Genoa and the Flying Donkeys came from behind to win last term’s corresponding fixture 2-1. All things considered, particularly Genoa having home advantage, the draw is the way to play in Wednesday’s game between two teams that seem to be very evenly matched.
Inter to beat Bologna
Tuesday 19th September, 19:45 GMT
Roma to beat Benevento
Wednesday 20th September, 17:00 GMT
Genoa and Chievo to Draw
Wednesday 20th September, 19:45 GMT