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Pescara has turned to Zdenek Zeman in a desperate attempt to retain its Italian Serie A status but the Czech coach cannot save such a limited bunch of players from relegation and the Dolphins are worth opposing at home to Milan on Sunday.
Zeman’s first Italian Serie A game back in charge of Pescara – he guided it to the top flight in 2012 – ended in a 5-0 home win over Genoa but the Dolphins have lost their next four divisional matches, all by at least two-goal margins and three of them versus limited opponents. Palermo is 10 points adrift of Italian Serie A safety and it would have a single-digit tally if Sassuolo had not fielded an ineligible player when the teams met in August. Pescara, Crotone and Palermo are sticking up the Italian Serie A and it will be amazing if any of them avoids falling into the second tier.
Next up for bottom-of-the-ladder Pescara in Italian Serie A is a home game against seventh-placed Milan. According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Milan holds a 16-1-2 advantage over Pescara and that is as emphatic as it gets. Milan and Pescara locked horns in October and the reverse Italian Serie A fixture resulted in a 1-0 home win for the Red and Blacks thanks to Giacomo Bonaventura’s 49th-minute goal. It was not one of Milan’s finest Italian Serie A displays but the Red and Blacks have the collateral form numbers for one to rate them much higher than Pescara and, because the Dolphins must and will throw caution to the wind, the visitors should have space to exploit their hosts.
Milan is available at odds of 11/20 1.55 -182 0.55 -1.82 0.55 with several bookmakers, including 188Bet, BoyleSports and Ladbrokes, to make it four wins from four competitive matches versus Pescara – the Red and Blacks have defeated the Dolphins 4-1, 4-0 and 1-0.
The 30th Italian Serie A round will kick off on Saturday when Sassuolo entertains Lazio in a game that the latter is trading at odds of 83/100 1.83 -120 0.83 -1.20 0.83 with William Hill to win. Lazio is intent on pressurising Roma and Napoli for a place in Italian Serie A’s top three and the White and Sky Blues are attractively priced to complete a league double over a Sassuolo side that has little for which to play.
According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Lazio boasts an 11-4-4 edge over Sassuolo. There was a time when one was unwilling to oppose Sassuolo based on Italian Serie A collateral form data because the Black and Greens had endured a horror run of injuries. But one has run out of reasons to rate Sassuolo much higher than its 15th placing and the Black and Greens have collected a measly one point from their last four Italian Serie A assignments. In stark contrast, Lazio is 7-2-0 in its last nine matches across all competitions – Italian Serie A and the Italian Coppa Italia.
Finally, one is willing to have a bet on Cagliari condemning Palermo to its 21st Italian Serie A loss when the struggling teams go head to head on Sunday. According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Cagliari enjoys a 12-1-6 lead over Palermo and the Pinks and Blacks will line up without their talented forward, Alessando Diamanti, following his dismissal at Udinese two weeks ago.
Marathonbet is offering odds of 58/25 3.32 +232 2.32 2.32 -0.43 about Cagliari winning a Italian Serie A game in which Palermo must go for broke given the state of the ladder. Cagliari won October’s reverse Italian Serie A fixture by a 2-1 margin.
Milan to beat Pescara
Sunday 2nd April, 14:00 BST
Odds: 11/20 1.55 -182 0.55 -1.82 0.55
Lazio to beat Sassuolo
Saturday 1st April, 17:00 BST
Odds: 83/100 1.83 -120 0.83 -1.20 0.83
Cagliari to beat Palermo
Sunday 2nd April, 14:00 BST
Odds: 58/25 3.32 +232 2.32 2.32 -0.43