The most delightful surprise of the Italian Serie A season, Atalanta is sixth on the ladder having won nine of its 17 divisional matches, including home victories over Roma, Napoli and Internazionale. Atalanta’s Italian Serie A form has dropped off a little bit in recent weeks but it managed a 0-0 draw at Milan last time out, its fifth away clean sheet enabling it to leave the San Siro with one point.
Empoli is coming off an Italian Serie A win but let’s not get carried away with it – the Blues beat Cagliari 2-0 on Saturday but the Red and Blues had lost 0-5 at home to Napoli prior to that. Empoli has won just three of its 17 Italian Serie A games and its victories have come at the expense of Cagliari (16th), Crotone (18th) and Pescara (20th). Empoli is in Italian Serie A relegation peril but, such is the dearth of quality towards the foot of the ladder, the Blues are likely to avoid the dreaded drop.
Atalanta and Empoli will kick off an abbreviated Italian Serie A round on Tuesday and the Goddess are a lovely bet because several bookmakers, including Marathonbet and William Hill, are quoting them at odds of -161 to win.
Atalanta and Empoli have had 16 common Italian Serie A rivals and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Goddess boasts an 11-2-3 advantage over the Blues. Moreover, Atalanta’s Italian Serie A collateral form edge over Empoli is 6-2-0 if one only counts matches featuring top-10 teams.
Last term’s Italian Serie A games between Atalanta and Empoli resulted in a 1-0 away success for the Goddess in September and 0-0 draw in Bergamo five months later. There is no doubt whatsoever that Atalanta has progressed since last season and that Empoli has regressed so everything points to a Goddess triumph at general odds of -161 .
Palermo is 0-0-8 in its eight Italian Serie A home matches but one is willing to chance the Pink and Blacks at odds of +125 with William Hill to defeat Pescara on Thursday.
Nothing less than three points will suffice for Palermo as its tries to extricate itself from the Italian Serie A relegation zone and, while it has yet to earn a single championship point at home, at least it has posted two victories, which is two more than Pescara has managed.
Pescara is 0-5-12 in what has been a dismal start to its Italian Serie A campaign and it has failed to shut out any of its eight guests. Palermo and Pescara have run into 14 identical Italian Serie A sides and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Pink and Blacks enjoy a 8-2-6 lead over the Dolphins. All things considered, Palermo ought to be hovering around the +100 mark at home to Pescara.
Finally, one thinks that Torino’s attack will fire enough bullets for it to beat Genoa on Thursday no matter what one of Italian Serie A’s worst defences does at the other end.
Torino has bagged 35 goals in its 17 Italian Serie A games, including 20 goals at an average of 2.5 per match on home soil. Genoa does not carry the same level of goal threat as some of Italian Serie A’s heavy hitters – the Red and Blues have notched just six goals on their divisional travels – so one is willing to back the Maroons to get the job done.
According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Torino and Genoa have faced 15 common opponents with the Maroons holding an 8-3-4 edge over the Red and Blues.
William Hill is listing odds of -118 about Torino beating Genoa, which is coming off a 3-4 Italian Serie A home loss to Palermo and has not won since stunning Juventus.
Atalanta to beat Empoli
Tuesday 20th December, 19:45 GMT
Palermo to beat Pescara
Thursday 22nd December, 19:45 GMT
Torino to beat Genoa
Thursday 22nd December, 19:45 GMT
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