Napoli and Atalanta are two of the most exciting sides in Italy’s Serie A and backing both teams to score in Saturday’s clash between the third and fourth-placed outfits is the most attractive play in the championship’s 26th round.
The game will kick off this weekend’s Italian Serie A action and the style of Napoli and Atalanta should make for a very entertaining match. Regardless of whether Napoli is playing a UEFA Champions League heavyweight such as Real Madrid or an Italian Serie A lightweight such as Bologna, its approach is the same: favour attack over defence and go for goals.
Napoli’s 25 Italian Serie A games have had a mean of 3.48 goals, with its 13 home matches batting at a average of 3.38. Seventeen of Napoli’s 25 Italian Serie A games have gone over two and a half goals, including seven of its 13 home games. And 17 of Napoli’s 25 Italian Serie A games have not featured a clean sheet, including nine of its 13 home games. Napoli has scored in each of 13 Italian Serie A home matches so it would take a brave punter to bet against the Partenopei rustling the onion bag against Atalanta.
Atalanta is the clear surprise packet of the Italian Serie A season and, occupying fourth position at this juncture, the Goddess must have UEFA competition qualification on their mind. Fifteen of Atalanta’s 25 Italian Serie A games have gone over two and a half goals, including eight of its 13 away matches. Both sides have scored in 13 of Atalanta’s 25 Italian Serie A games, including seven of its 13 away matches. And, as a rule, both teams have found the back of the net when Atalanta has faced Italian Serie A’s big guns.
Looking at the main statistics, it was amazing that the reverse Italian Serie A fixture between Atalanta and Napoli ended 1-0 to the Goddess – the Partenopei forced 12 corner kicks on their travels and both sides firing in a high number of shots. Atalanta opened the scoring in the ninth minute and, somehow, neither team added to the total.
With 188Bet offering odds of -115 about both Napoli and Atalanta scoring in their Italian Serie A encounter, one thinks that it is the best bet on this weekend’s card.
Has Italian Serie A cellar dweller Pescara turned the corner under its new coach, Zdenek Zeman? It is too early to have a definitive opinion but one is willing to bet that Pescara’s Italian Serie A fortunes are not going to change even though the Dolphins beat Genoa 5-0 last time out. Remember, Genoa had collected only two points from its previous nine Italian Serie A games before losing 0-5 at Pescara in a truly awful display and the Dolphins had conceded at least two goals in 12 of its last 14 divisional matches before their huge win.
Pescara’s fight to stay in the Italian Serie A will see it play at Chievo on Sunday. The reverse Italian Serie A fixture resulted in a 2-0 road victory for Chievo over Pescara and, according to one’s divisional collateral form analysis, the Flying Donkeys enjoy a 12-0-7 advantage over the Dolphins. Marathonbet is listing odds of -109 about Chievo, which has not lost at home to an Italian Serie A side positioned lower than eighth, getting the better of Pescara and that offer is far too good to pass up.
Finally, the gulf in class between Juventus and Empoli, plus the Blues are Italian Serie A’s lowest away scorers, so back the Old Lady to post a win to nil on Saturday, an option that is trading at odds of -167 with BetVictor and Coral.
Empoli has failed to scored in 15 of its 25 Italian Serie A games, including nine of its 12 away matches. Juventus has kept 12 clean sheets in its 25 Italian Serie A games, with six of those coming in its 13 home matches. Juventus won 3-0 at Empoli when the sides met in Italian Serie A in October and the Old Lady has registered wins to nil in four of their most recent six meetings with the Blues dating back to 2014.
Napoli v Atalanta – Both teams to score
Saturday 25th February, 17:00 GMT
Chievo to beat Pescara
Sunday 26th February, 14:00 GMT
Juventus to beat Empoli to Nil
Saturday 25th February, 19:45 GMT