Udinese accounted for Pescara in its last Italian Serie A assignment and one trusts the Little Zebras to put another relegation candidate, Palermo, to the sword on Sunday.
Italian Serie A’s cellar dweller, Palmero, was no match for Udinese last weekend as the Little Zebras rewarded one’s confidence with a comprehensive 3-1 away win. Udinese is deservedly not higher than 12th on the Italian Serie A ladder but what the Little Zebras have done is get the better of their lower ranked opponents, particularly at home. Udinese is 4-0-1 in its five Italian Serie A home games against sides ranked below it and one would argue injuries have prevented Sassuolo, which beat the Little Zebras in both of their divisional meetings, would be considerably higher had it not been for many injuries.
Palermo is 18th on the Italian Serie A ladder and two of its three league wins have come at the expense of other teams in the bottom five – Genoa and Crotone. According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Udinese holds a 12-2-5 advantage over Palermo, including a 3-1 away win in October’s reverse fixture. Palermo was reduced to 10 players in that aforementioned Italian Serie A match but not before the Pink and Blacks had conceded three goals to Udinese.
Udinese gave as good as it received versus Juventus in its previous Italian Serie A home game and, provided that the Little Zebras are switched on and not complacent given the state of the ladder, one thinks that they will land odds of -149 with Marathonbet. Palermo will definitely line up without Bruno Henrique and Andrea Rispoli, both of whom incurred the wrath of the authorities and are suspended.
Lazio is gunning for one of Italian Serie A’s three UEFA Champions League berths and the White and Sky Blues are worth backing to accrue three valuable points from their trip to struggling Cagliari on Sunday. Marathonbet is quoting Lazio at the very acceptable odds of -172 .
Seven wins and a draw from its last eight matches across all competitions marks out Lazio as one of Italy’s form sides. According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Lazio boasts a 4-2-13 edge over Cagliari and such is the state of the ladder that one would argue that the White and Sky Blues have much more for which to play than their hosts. The failings of Pescara, Crotone and Palermo mean that teams such as Cagliari are well clear of the Italian Serie A drop zone even though their records make for horrible reading.
There was only one side in it when Lazio faced Cagliari in the reverse Italian Serie A fixture, Ciro Immobile netting two goals in six first-half minutes as his team triumphed 4-1. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is banned for Lazio and his absence is why the White and Sky Blues do not pip Udinese to being one’s Italian Serie A headline selection this weekend.
Finally, Pescara has scored in six of its last seven Italian Serie A games and, with Zdenek Zeman calling the shots of a side that has absolutely nothing to lose, betting on both teams to score when the Dolphins tackle sixth-placed Atalanta on Sunday appeals at odds of -125 with Bwin.
With Atalanta out to make amends for its unexpected 1-7 Italian Serie A loss at Internazionale last time out and Pescara under instructions from Zeman to play with reckless abandon there should be plenty of goalmouth action.
Udinese to beat Palermo
Sunday 19th March, 17:00 GMT
Lazio to beat Cagliari
Sunday 19th March, 14:00 GMT
Atalanta v Pescara – Both teams to score
Sunday 19th March, 14:00 GMT