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Sassuolo to kick off round with home win

November 7, 2014

beat Atalanta home and away in Italian Serie A last season and it is a good bet to kick off this weekend with a win at odds of 2.25 with BetVictorCoral and Ladbrokes.

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 1.50Bet €100 to win €1501/2Bet £100 to win £150-200Bet $100 to win $1500.50Bet HK$100 to win HK$150-2.00Bet Rp100 to win Rp1500.5000Bet RM100 to win RM150 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 2.50Bet €100 to win €2503/2Bet £100 to win £250+150Bet $100 to win $2501.50Bet HK$100 to win HK$2501.50Bet Rp100 to win Rp250-0.6667Bet RM100 to win RM250 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 7.00Bet €100 to win €7006/1Bet £100 to win £700+600Bet $100 to win $7006.00Bet HK$100 to win HK$7006.00Bet Rp100 to win Rp700-0.1667Bet RM100 to win RM700 with Paddy Power and William Hill) and Roma 2-0 (odds of 7.50Bet €100 to win €75013/2Bet £100 to win £750+650Bet $100 to win $7506.50Bet HK$100 to win HK$7506.50Bet Rp100 to win Rp750-0.1538Bet RM100 to win RM750 with BetVictor) produces a bet at odds of 3.62Bet €100 to win €362131/50Bet £100 to win £362+262Bet $100 to win $3622.62Bet HK$100 to win HK$3622.62Bet Rp100 to win Rp362-0.3817Bet RM100 to win RM362. 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 1.70Bet €100 to win €1707/10Bet £100 to win £170-143Bet $100 to win $1700.70Bet HK$100 to win HK$170-1.43Bet Rp100 to win Rp1700.7000Bet RM100 to win RM170 with Boylesports and Ladbrokes about the highlighted option. One has got to love Zemanlandia.

Tips Summary

Sassuolo to beat Atalanta
8th November 17:00 GMT
Odds: 2.25Bet €100 to win €2255/4Bet £100 to win £225+125Bet $100 to win $2251.25Bet HK$100 to win HK$2251.25Bet Rp100 to win Rp225-0.8000Bet RM100 to win RM225
Where to Bet: BetVictorCoral, Ladbrokes

Roma to beat Torino to nil
9th November 19:45 GMT
Odds: 2.50Bet €100 to win €2503/2Bet £100 to win £250+150Bet $100 to win $2501.50Bet HK$100 to win HK$2501.50Bet Rp100 to win Rp250-0.6667Bet RM100 to win RM250
Where to Bet: Paddy Power, William HillBetVictor

Cagliari v Genoa BTTS
9th November 11:30 GMT
Odds: 1.70Bet €100 to win €1707/10Bet £100 to win £170-143Bet $100 to win $1700.70Bet HK$100 to win HK$170-1.43Bet Rp100 to win Rp1700.7000Bet RM100 to win RM170
Where to Bet: Boylesports, Ladbrokes

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  • Roma
  • Sassuola
  • SerieA
  • Zemanlandia

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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.