Not even a red card could prevent Sassuolo beating Atalanta 2-0 in last term’s corresponding Italian Serie A fixture – Domenico Berardi and Simone Zaza scored for the home team before Luca Ante received his marching orders – and the league game in Bergamo also finished 2-0 to Sassuolo.
Only two points and two positions separate Sassuolo and Atalanta on the Italian Serie A ladder after 10 rounds but one expects that gap to widen if the home side can keep its best players, particularly Berardi and Zaza, on the pitch. Berardi has missed three Italian Serie A games through suspension and his teammates failed to score in each of those matches, picking up one solitary point. And Italy international Zaza has missed four games through injury.
Sassuolo’s best team is better than Atalanta’s best team as last season’s Italian Serie A head-to-head results show so one thinks that Eusebio Di Francesco’s side can get the punting weekend off to a great start at odds against.
Torino is having all sorts of problems scoring goals and its impotence means that one should be interested in backing Roma to post yet another Italian Serie A home win to nil.
Roma has won each of its five Italian Serie A home matches without conceding a goal and, if one goes back to the start of last term, the Wolves have kept clean sheets in 17 of their last 24 home games, winning 15 of them to nil.
Ciro Immobile prevented Roma from beating Torino to nil in last season’s corresponding Italian Serie A fixture but no longer is he part of the away team’s set-up. And, boy, how badly is Torino missing him at the point of its attack. Just Atalanta (four) and Chievo (six) have scored fewer Italian Serie A goals than Torino (seven) this term and, apart from whipping Swedish Allsvenskan cellar dweller Brommapojkarna 7-0 over two legs, Giampiero Ventura’s side has struggled to score goals in the UEFA Europa League – five goals in its last six matches in that second-tier tournament to be exact.
Roma is quite attractively priced at odds of -200 simply to defeat Torino and keep its Italian Serie A championship push on track but surely the value play is to back the home team at odds of +150 with Paddy Power to win with a clean sheet. More speculative punters could dabble in the correct scores because Torino has conceded only nine Italian Serie A goals in the first 10 rounds. Dutching Roma 1-0 (odds of +600 with Paddy Power and William Hill) and Roma 2-0 (odds of +650 with BetVictor) produces a bet at odds of +262 . However, one prefers Roma win to nil that includes a home romp over a Torino side that has had two days fewer between games.
Finally, there is a clear statistical case for backing both teams to score in the Italian Serie A match between Cagliari and Genoa. Both sides have found the back of the net in each of Cagliari’s four Italian Serie A home games and both sides have celebrated at least one goal in four of Genoa’s five away matches in the competition. It has taken a few months but the signs are that Cagliari is now performing how one would expect a Zdenek Zeman-coached team to perform – scoring goals and conceding goals in large numbers. One can get odds of -143 with Boylesports and Ladbrokes about the highlighted option. One has got to love Zemanlandia.
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