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Purples to Have Guests Singing Blues Before Half Time

April 14, 2017

Fiorentina are unbeaten at home in Serie A this season.

Often Coral goes out of its way to lay half-time/full-time double-result favourites and one thinks that punters should accommodate the bookmaker by backing Fiorentina to lead Empoli at both breaks in Saturday’s Italian Serie A game.

Fiorentina is one of just two Italian Serie A sides that are yet to lose a home match – Juventus is the other – with the Purples being 8-7-0 in front of their own fans. Fiorentina boasts a 13-3-3 Italian Serie A collateral form edge over Empoli and the Purples have not given up hope of qualifying for the UEFA Europa League via their domestic competition.

Not long ago it appeared almost guaranteed that Crotone, Palermo and Pescara would be the three teams to exit the Italian Serie A at the end of the term but the wonderfully nicknamed Pythagoreans have closed the gap on Empoli to only three points, although the direct head to head favours the Blues so the gap is effectively four points. Empoli may end up relying on its Italian Serie A head to head against Crotone because its form has tailed off badly and it is difficult to see from where its next point is coming. Empoli’s most recent Italian Serie A game resulted in a 1-1 home draw with bottom-of-the-ladder Pescara and all that it did was end the seven-match losing sequence of the Blues.

Fiorentina thrashed Empoli 4-0 on the road in November’s reverse Italian Serie A fixture when the Purples scored in the 26th, 47th, 61st and 67th minutes. Coral is offering odds of 1.95  about Fiorentina posting a half-time/full-time double-result triumph over Empoli and that is a good wager.

Sampdoria has registered Italian Serie A away victories over Internazionale and Milan so it is capable of playing well on its travels and one thinks that Samp are overpriced to get three points from their visit to Sassuolo on Saturday.

For starters, according to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Sampdoria enjoys a 10-3-6 advantage over Sassuolo and November’s reverse fixture ended 3-2 in favour of Samp, which came from 0-2 down after 83 minutes to post a remarkable win in a game that was 0-0 following 63 minutes. Also worth noting is that Domenico Berardi is suspended and he is Sassuolo’s most valuable player so he is a significant absentee. Sampdoria’s Italian Serie A collateral form lead over Sassuolo would be much greater if Samp had not dropped silly points versus the division’s minnows because they have done much better in big matches than the Black and Greens.

Marathonbet is listing odds of 3.44  about Sampdoria and, for Italian Serie A punters who like to dabble at relatively long odds, it is this weekend’s best value play.

Similar to Empoli, Genoa is an Italian Serie A side that is sinking like a stone and one wants to oppose the Red and Blues when they entertain Lazio on Saturday. Lazio is available at odds of 1.70  with many bookmakers, including BetVictor, 188Bet and William Hill, to record a road win.

According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Lazio holds a 12-0-7 lead over Genoa, the reverse fixture ended 3-1 in favour of the White and Sky Blues when it took place in November and the Red and Blues have two banned players – Armando Izzo and Isaac Cofie – this weekend.

Tips Summary

Fiorentina HT/FT Double Result
Saturday 15th April, 14:00 BST
Odds: 1.95

Sampdoria to beat Sassuolo
Saturday 15th April, 17:00 BST
Odds: 3.44

Lazio to beat Genoa
Saturday 15th April, 14:00 BST
Odds: 1.7

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  • Sampdoria
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    Eric Roberts
    Eric Roberts

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    Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.