Domenico Berardi is eligible to play for Sassuolo against Juventus but one doubts if the former’s most influential player will be at his brilliant best versus the latter.
Berardi is in his second season on loan from Juventus to Sassuolo. Last term Berardi’s poor disciplinary record – he received 10 yellow cards and one red card to rank among the baddest of Italian Serie A bad boys – meant that he missed both league matches between Juventus and Sassuolo but he is right to go in their game scheduled for Saturday night.
One cannot underestimate the importance of Berardi to Sassuolo. Berardi was sent off in Sassuolo’s 0-7 Italian Serie A away loss to Internazionale and missed his team’s next three league matches, all of which featured no goals for the rising star’s side. Berardi returned to face Lazio in Rome before the international break and he scored two goals in Sassuolo’s 2-3 loss in the combustible clash.
It is going to be strange for Berardi to play against his parent club for the first time and that is probably not a good thing for Sassuolo, which needs to be at its best to pose headaches for Juventus. Last season’s Italian Serie A games between Sassuolo and Juventus resulted in a 4-0 home win for Juve and a 3-1 away victory for the Old Lady.
Given the Italian Serie A ladder after six rounds – Juventus is top and Sassuolo is bottom – and the likelihood that the underdog’s star player will not have his mind 100 per cent on the job one likes the odds of -222 with Bwin about Juve extending their league winning streak to 14 matches.
Roma, the team that is chasing Juventus at the top of the Italian Serie A ladder, has done very little wrong so far this term and it is worth supporting, albeit at short odds, to accrue three points from its home game against Chievo.
Several bookmakers, including Bet365, Boylesports and Sky Bet, are offering odds of -333 that Roma bounces back to winning ways by defeating Chievo. Roma had won its first half a dozen matches across all competitions before it fought back to draw 1-1 at Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League and it lost 2-3 at Juventus after being ahead just before half time and level in the 86th minute.
Chievo, which lost both of last season’s Italian Serie A games versus Roma without scoring a goal, has won one and drawn one of its seven matches across all competitions, with its victory being one of those inexplicable wins. Chievo was on the back foot for almost all of its Italian Serie A game at Napoli – for example, it trailed 2-15 on the corner-kick count – yet to snuck away with an undeserved 1-0 triumph.
Finally, one is willing to give the benefit of the doubt to Internazionale, which is available at odds of +160 with BetVictor to win its Italian Serie A home match versus a Napoli side which may be flattered by its recent results.
Internazionale has won four of its five home games across all competitions without conceding, with its one San Siro shocker being its 1-4 loss to Cagliari. However, one is willing to put a line through that match – the score was tied at 1-1 when Internazionale defender Yuto Nagatomo received his marching orders in the 27th minute.
Napoli has strung together back-to-back-to-back wins but it has only beaten Sassuolo, Slovan Bratislava and Torino in its recent streak and one is unconvinced that it has turned the corner. Bowing out of the UEFA Champions League 2-4 on aggregate to Spanish Primera Division struggler Bilbao does not read well and nor does a 3-3 home draw with Palmero in Italian Serie A. One favours Internazionale at the odds.
Juventus to beat Sassuolo
18th October 19:45 GMT
Where to Bet: Bwin
Inter Milan to beat Napoli
19th October 19:45 GMT
Where to Bet: BetVictor
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