Cagliari versus Atalanta is not the Italian Serie A match that leaps off the coupon but it is the fourth round game that features the most appetising betting opportunity.
First, there has not been a single clean sheet in any of Cagliari’s four competitive games this season. Cagliari’s Italian Serie A return has seen it concede at least two goals in each of its three league matches, while the Red and Blues beat second-tier 5-1 SPAL in the Italian Coppa Italia.
Second, there has been only one clean sheet in Atalanta’s four meaningful games this term and that was for the Goddess in their 3-0 Italian Coppa Italia home victory over the third tier’s Cremonese. Atalanta’s three Italian Serie A matches have resulted in a 3-4 home loss to Lazio, a 1-2 away loss to Sampdoria and a 2-1 home win over Torino.
Third, game favourite Cagliari has given up more efforts on target than any other team in Italian Serie A and Atalanta ranks fourth for this negative piece of data – well, it is negative in terms of earning points in the competition.
And fourth, both sides scored in each of the two Italian Serie A meetings between Cagliari and Atalanta when the teams were last in the same division two seasons ago.
Several bookmakers, including 888Sport and Unibet, are offering odds of 4/51.80-1250.80-1.250.80 about both Cagliari and Atalanta scoring in Sunday’s Italian Serie A match. There are many statistics that support getting stuck into the wager.
There is unlikely to be many opportunities to side with Juventus at even money during the Italian Serie A and one thinks it is worth supporting Juve at odds of 1/12.00+1001.001.00-1.00 with Betfred and BetVictor to triumph at Internazionale.
Sunday’s Italian Serie A game in Milan see the league’s undoubted top dog tackle one of its underperforming teams. Juventus is going from strength to strength under its old coach, Massimiliano Allegri, but Internazionale is yet to gel under its new manager, Frank de Boer. Juventus has got the better of three fairly decent Italian Serie A sides in Fiorentina, Lazio and Sassuolo, whereas Internazionale has lost to Chievo, drawn with Palermo and got out of jail against Pescara. Furthermore, Juventus will have one day more than Internazionale to recover from European action.
For the sake of the Italian Serie A spectacle one hopes that a team ends up giving Juventus a run for its money in the championship race but Internazionale is a fair way down the pecking order and De Boer is under major pressure already.
Finally, one is going to oppose Milan for the second Italian Serie A round in a row, picking Sampdoria at odds of 11/53.20+2202.202.20-0.45 with Marathonbet to land what bookmakers would classify as an upset in Friday’s match. One cannot comprehend bookmakers installing Milan as a road favourite – the Red and Blacks have failed to keep an Italian Serie A clean sheet and they lost 0-1 at home to renowned poor traveller Udinese last weekend in what was another horrible result for Vincenzo Montella. Bookmakers are pricing up Milan on reputation alone rather than analysing its squad and performances.
Cagliari v Atalanta – Both Teams to Score
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Sampdoria to beat Milan
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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.
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