Purples to Reign Over Red and Blues in Serie A

Fiorentina beat Verona 5-0 last time out in Serie A.

Fiorentina leads the Italian Serie A ladder for attempts and the Purples should continue their excellent recent run of head-to-head results against Bologna by registering a home win over the Red and Blues in Saturday’s Round Three game.

Unlucky to be on the losing side of its Italian Serie A matches versus Internazionale and Sampdoria, Fiorentina vanquished Verona 5-0 last weekend in a game that was all over bar the shouting inside 24 minutes by which stage the Purples led 3-0. Fiorentina has had 60 attempts in three Italian Serie A matches – eight more than the next most productive team, Milan. And Fiorentina won each of its Italian Serie A games against Bologna last term, improving its record in the series since December 2013 to 5-1-0.

Bologna held Napoli until the 66th minute of their Italian Serie A clash last weekend before capitulating to lose 0-3 to the side which many people think will push Juventus hardest in the title race. Only SPAL, Crotone and Verona are averaging fewer Italian Serie A attempts per match than Bologna and, on the road to a Fiorentina team with its confidence back, one cannot see the Red and Blues going goal for goal with the Purples. Fiorentina is available at odds of -175  with BetStars and Marathonbet to beat Bologna and climb on to the top half of the Italian Serie A ladder.

Not since October 2013 has Juventus lost back-to-back games – Juve lost 2-4 at Fiorentina and 1-2 at Real Madrid – so history suggests that the Old Lady will bounce back from their 0-3 UEFA Champions League loss at Barcelona when they visit Sassuolo in Italian Serie A action on Sunday.

On an Italian Serie A collateral form line through Genoa, Juventus is three goals superior to Sassuolo on neutral territory because Juve won 4-2 at the Red and Blues one round after the Black and Greens were held to a 0-0 home draw by Ivan Juric’s side. Juventus beat Sassuolo by two goals in each of last season’s Italian Serie A fixtures between the teams so, all things considered, Juve are fairly priced at odds of -196  with 188Bet and Marathonbet to maintain their 100 per cent league record this term.

Like Juventus, Internazionale has made a perfect start to its Italian Serie A campaign but, unlike Juve, the Black and Blues do not have the distraction of continental competition as a consequence of last season’s disappointing results. One thinks that Internazionale will make it four wins from four Italian Serie A rounds when it goes to Crotone on Saturday and, what is more, one thinks that Inter will win to nil.

Crotone is yet to break its Italian Serie A scoring duck having lost 0-3 at home to Milan, drawn 0-0 when Verona rocked up and gone down 0-1 at Cagliari. That Crotone’s Italian Serie A attempt statistics are so poor in spite of its relatively soft schedule must be of grave concern to fans of the Pythagoreans ahead of a weekend date with an Internazionale side that has conceded just one goal in beating Fiorentina, Roma and SPAL. Paddy Power is offering odds of +130  about Internazionale beating Crotone to nil and that makes one’s Italian Serie A punting portfolio.

Tips Summary

Fiorentina to beat Bologna
Saturday 16th September, 17:00 GMT
Odds:  -175

Juventus to beat Sassuolo
Sunday 17th September, 11:30 GMT
Odds:  -196

Inter to beat Crotone to Nil
Saturday 16th September, 14:00 GMT
Odds:  +130

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