The Italian Serie A schedulers have left the best until last in round seven and the game between Roma and Internazionale throws up the most attractive bet of the weekend as well.
Roma leads Italian Serie A for shots with 125 in its six divisional matches and Internazionale ranks next best with 108. Roma has scored in nine of its 10 games across all competitions and Internazionale has found the back of the net six times out of eight. Defending is not a strong point of either Roma or Internazionale – the Yellow and Reds have kept just three clean sheets in their 10 matches and the Black and Blues have managed only one shutout in eight.
One expects that Roma will play aggressively from the first whistle in Sunday’s Italian Serie A game but the Yellow and Reds have displayed vulnerabilities against teams that are able to play well on the counter attack. Internazionale’s attacking capabilities are such that one fancies it to experience some joy on the break in the capital city.
Last season’s corresponding Italian Serie A fixture ended 1-1 and three of the last four meetings between Roma and Internazionale have not featured a single clean sheet. Both teams to score at odds of -145 is the wager that leaps off the Italian Serie A coupon given the shot statistics of Roma and Internazionale and other data.
Empoli has a defensive crisis ahead of its Italian Serie A home game versus top-of-the-ladder Juventus and that means one is interesting in backing the Old Lady at odds of -110 with SkyBet and BoyleSports to cover a one-goal handicap on Sunday.
Andrea Costa and Vincent Laurini are both absent for Empoli and so is one of their potential replacements, Federico Barba. To make matters worse, Giuseppe Bellusci has a niggling injury but he may have to play in central defence given the dire circumstances in which Empoli finds itself.
Empoli is ranked 19th of the 20 Italian Serie A sides and its only divisional victory came at the expense of bottom team Crotone – the Blues posted a narrow 2-1 home win.
Juventus did not get out of first gear in beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 in the UEFA Champions League group stage on Tuesday so one does not expect the Old Lady’s busier schedule to be a factor. Juventus and Empoli have each played Internazionale and Lazio in Italian Serie A and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Old Lady rates about two goals superior to their weekend hosts.
It does not hurt one’s case that Juventus has won each of its last four Italian Serie A clashes with Empoli – three of them by two-goal margins, including both away from Turin.
Finally, Chievo is overpriced to win at Pescara on Saturday and prevent the Dolphins breaking their Italian Serie A duck – competition officials awarded them three points against Sassuolo but only because the Black and Greens fielded an ineligible player in a match that finished 2-1 to the illegal side. BetVictor and Marathonbet are listing Chievo at odds of +200 and that makes the Little Donkey appealing.
Chievo beat Sassuolo 2-1 fair and square during the recent midweek round of Italian Serie A action and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Little Donkeys enjoy a 3-0-1 lead over Pescara. Furthermore, Pescara has a long list of players unavailable due to either injury or suspension, whereas Chievo is at full strength.
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Chievo to beat Pescara
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