Both teams to score is the market on which to focus one’s attention in the ninth round of Italian Serie A games, with the matches at Torino, Cagliari and Milan being the three fixtures that have the greatest potential to reap profits.
Apart of back-to-back 0-0 draws against Empoli and Pescara, Torino’s Italian Serie A games have been high scoring and lacking in clean sheets. Both teams have scored in six of Torino’s eight Italian Serie A matches and they have been 26 goals in those half a dozen games. Torino has had the fifth highest number of Italian Serie A shots and its defence has allowed more sights on its goal than any other side in the top seven. Torino is a team comfortable with taking risks and its last Italian Serie A match resulted in a 4-1 victory at Palermo.
Lazio has had almost as many Italian Serie A shots as Torino, scoring in six of its eight divisional games. Lazio has not been as adventurous as Torino but the White and Sky Blues cannot afford to sit back and invite trouble on Sunday due to their selection issues. Bastos, Stefan de Vrij and Jordan Lukaku are injured and Stefan Radu is suspended, severely reducing Lazio’s defensive strength.
Both teams to score in the Italian Serie A match between Torino and Lazio is available at odds of -125 with 188Bet and that is the best bet on the card.
Fiorentina’s seven Italian Serie A games have been low scoring – only those featuring Empoli have a lower average – but one is confident that Cagliari’s presence will enable the Purples to participate in a high-scoring match on Sunday when the 14th-placed side travels to tackle the eight-placed team.
Each of Cagliari’s eight Italian Serie A games have gone over two and a half goals and they have featured only one clean sheet, which occurred when the Red and Blues failed to breach the defence of defending champion Juventus in Turin. Cagliari ought to fancy its chance of scoring at least one goal at home to a Fiorentina side backing up from a UEFA Europa League road trip on Thursday, while the Purples should take confidence from the fact that the Red and Blues have allowed an Italian Serie A-high 152 shots in the first eight rounds.
There were four goals in both of last season’s Italian Serie A clashes between Cagliari and Fiorentina and one would not rule out a similar scoreline again. One can get odds of -120 about both Cagliari and Fiorentina scoring.
Finally, Milan has accrued 13 points from its last five Italian Serie A matches and that gives one reason to think that the Red and Blacks can make a game of it when they entertain Juventus in one of Italian Serie A’s marquee fixtures.
Juventus is odds on across the board to make it eight wins from nine Italian Serie A rounds but surely a smarter play at around the same price is to back both Milan and the Old Lady to score. Juventus has scored in 17 of its last 18 Italian Serie A matches, while Milan has the advantage of not being in a UEFA tournament this term so its players should be fresher than those of its guest.
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