Serie A Strugglers to Close Round With Fizzer

None of Empoli's games this season has featured more than two goals.

None of Empoli's games this season has featured more than two goals.

One thinks that it is worth waiting until the Italian Serie A round concludes for the best bet on the card because bookmakers are offering generous odds about Monday’s match between Empoli and Crotone going under two and a half goals.

Empoli is the only Italian Serie A team that is yet to score a goal after firing blanks versus Sampdoria and Udinese. And it is not a new thing for Empoli to toil in front of goal. Empoli has not scored more than one goal in 12 of its last 14 Italian Serie A matches dating back to March. Confidence in the Empoli camp must be low and the Blues know that they cannot afford to fail against a Crotone side that is playing in Italian Serie A for the first time in its history.

Crotone has scored one Italian Serie A goal but it is bottom of the division for attempts on target after racking up just three in its two games against Bologna and Genoa, teams that are unlikely to challenge for honours. Crotone has found the back of the net no more than once in nine of its last 10 competitive away matches and, like Empoli, the Pythagoreans are going to be nervous in their upcoming assignment.

Marathonbet is listing odds of -102  that the Italian Serie A game between Empoli and Crotone stays under the most common goals line and one cannot fathom how the attention-seeking bookmaker has come up with an offer of almost even money.

Whereas one would prefer to wash one’s hair than set aside time to watch Empoli and Crotone go head to head, one would make time to view Saturday’s Italian Serie A game between Palermo and the division’s top entertainer, Napoli.

Palermo is Italian Serie A’s biggest basket case – there is no other way to describe a side that made nine managerial changes last season and is on its second coach this term. Roberto De Zerbi is Palermo’s latest boss and, when he was in charge of Foggia, the Little Satans were great friends of punters who bet on over two and a half goals religiously.

Both of Napoli’s Italian Serie A matches have gone over three and a half goals – 2-2 versus Pescara and 4-2 against Milan – so, even though some of its personnel has changed during the summer, the Partenopei remain fun to watch.

Yet again it is Marathonbet that is the bookmaker with the most attractive odds – over two and a half goals in the Italian Serie A game between Palermo and Napoli is -156 .

Finally, Milan manager Vincenzo Montella has so many major issues due to injuries and suspensions that one is willing to oppose the Red and Blacks versus Udinese on Sunday.

Matias Fernandez, Juraj Kucka and M’Baye Niang are banned for Milan and such are Montella’s problems that he may have to move away from his preferred formation. Udinese has not won any of its last 11 Italian Serie A matches so, rather than lay Milan, one thinks that there is more value in backing the draw at odds of +310  with Marathonbet.

Tips Summary

Empoli v Crotone – Under 2.5 Goals
Monday 12th September, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -102

Palermo v Napoli – Over 2.5 Goals
Saturday 10th September, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -156

AC Milan and Udinese to Draw
Sunday 11th September, 14:00 GMT
Odds:  +310