Torino to stretch unbeaten run to 14 games

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The second round of Italian Serie A matches does not throw up many inviting betting opportunities, with the pick of the plays being a punt on Torino not to lose away to Sampdoria.

It is Torino’s long unbeaten run that makes one think that it is worth a double-chance bet. Torino has not lost any of its 13 Italian Serie A and UEFA Europa League games since a last-minute Roma goal resulted in the northerners going down 1-2 in the capital in March. Eight wins and five draws have followed for Torino and it has not conceded a goal in any of its five matches across all competitions this season.

Torino finished seventh in Italian Serie A last term, five places and 12 points ahead of Sampdoria and there was little to choose between the respective side’s away and home data. Sampdoria had a mixed bag of results during its pre-season campaign – for example, it beat Frankfurt and Sevilla and it lost to Atletico Madrid and West Ham – and it kicked off its Italian Serie A program with a 1-1 draw at newly promoted Palermo. Also, when all is said and done, Sampdoria’s last nine competitive games versus top-flight teams have produced only one win and that was 2-1 home victory over Chievo.

Torino is trading at odds of +220  with BetVictor to defeat Sampdoria in their Italian Serie A encounter at the Luigi Ferraris. But while one think that Torino is overpriced to accrue three points, surely there is a much better case for backing not to lose at odds of -175  with Bet365. Because there is little in the way of betting excitement on this weekend’s Italian Serie A coupon one would understand if Torino to win at odds against was more popular than Torino not to lose at odds on. But the latter is the value play.

Which other Italian Serie A sides appeal in round two? Well, it is the usual suspects of Juventus and Napoli that are the second- and third-best bets after Torino not to lose.

Juventus kicked off its Italian Serie A title defence with a 1-0 away win over Chievo and now hosts an Udinese team that beat Empoli 2-0 at home two weeks ago but, if last term is any guide, goes to pieces whenever it travels. Udinese has not won away from home since February, drawing three times and losing five times in that dismal run. Juventus, on the other hand, has not lost any of its last 30 home matches, winning 25 of them. Furthermore, Juventus has won each of its last five games versus Udinese dating back to 2012.

Several bookmakers, including Boylesports, Bwin and Coral, are quoting odds of -278  about Juventus beating Udinese in their Italian Serie A clash. Those odds are worth snapping up, as are the odds of -250  with Bwin, Sky Bet and William Hill that Napoli gleans maximum points from its Italian Serie A home match against out-of-form Chievo.

Napoli overcame the disappointment of its UEFA Champions League exit at the feet of Bilbao to win its Italian Serie A opener 2-1 at Genoa. Chievo kicked off its Italian Serie A campaign with a 0-1 home to Juventus and, while that result was not unexpected, it continued Chievo’s losing run. Chievo bowed out of the Coppa Italia 0-1 to second-tier Pescara and its pre-season program was riddled with defeats, including a 0-3 reverse at Atalanta and 1-3 loss at Marseille.

Tips Summary

Torino to win/draw v Sampdoria
14th September 11:30 GMT
Odds:  -175
Where to Bet: Bet365

Juventus to beat Udinese
13th September 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -278
Where to Bet: Boylesports, Bwin, Coral

Napoli to beat Chievo
14th September 14:00
Odds:  -250
Where to Bet: Bwin, Sky BetWilliam Hill

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