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Friday, July 12 2013, 06:52 AM
Serie A Football betting and handicapping forum: discuss picks, odds, and predictions for upcoming games.
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  • Accepted Answer

    Wednesday, October 23 2013, 07:16 AM - #permalink
    Inter Milan and Hellas Verona will try to outlast each other in a bid for a higher spot in Serie A. Who is the real dark horse this season? Is it the more prominent Inter Milan or the newly promoted Hellas Verona?

    On the other hand, euphoria continues to linger in Sampdoria’s camp. For the first time, the club has clinched their first victory and they are looking forward to adding more victories under their belt.

    Sampdoria vs. Atalanta Match Preview

    Match Date: 26 October 2013 (local time)
    Venue: Stadio Comunale Luigi

    Team Form

    Sampdoria will try to keep their winning spirits alive as they face one of Serie A’s top performers, Atalanta.

    All that Sampdoria needed to snatched the victory against Livorno was to convert their penalties. Their first goal came from Eder on the 19th. However, after a late rally, Livorno’s Luca Siligardi was able to pull-off an equalizer. With the match result almost ending in a draw, Nicola Pozzi found his way on the penalty line and the accurate shot delivered the club’s first ever win.

    The above-mentioned triumph was crucial for Sampdoria. They have been spending some time in the relegation zone, if not for the draws, which kept their scores at par with those who are struggling under the bottom pit.

    Accumulating a total of 6 points, Sampdoria moved out of the danger zone with the hopes that they can survive the remaining months of the 2013 season.

    There seems to be no stopping Atalanta’s winning streak. Just recently, the club secured its 3rd consecutive win, which catapulted them to the 7th spot of Serie A.
    Despite Luca Cigarini’s attempt to maintain the lead for La Dea, Lazio’s Brayan Perea immediately answered back with an equalizer that almost ended the match in a hard-fought draw. However, German Denis pulled off Atalanta’s lead when he scored a late seemingly late goal during the 84th.

    Although Atalanta’s odds of winning almost disappeared the goal scoring opportunities that it made, coupled with their impressive counter-attacks helped them gain the upper hand in the match.

    Pitted against Sampdoria, La Dea remains alert and wary that their opponents can unexpectedly steal the spotlight from them.

    Football betting tip: Sampdoria 0-2 Atalanta
    Considering the team form of each club, there is no doubt that Atalanta’s winning streak cannot be stopped anytime soon. Sitting on the 7th spot of the league, Atalanta has been a consistent force on the pitch that can trample on any club.
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    Wednesday, October 23 2013, 07:17 AM - #permalink
    Inter vs. Verona Match Preview

    Match Date: 26 October 2013 (local time)
    Venue: Stadio Giuseppe

    Team Form

    Walter Mazzarri has all the reasons to be disappointed with the draw result against Torino. The club has the lead and in a match where scoring 3 points automatically gives the permission to have an early celebration, Torino stunned Mazzarri and his men when the former made a late comeback.

    The result of Inter Milan’s most recent match reflects the kind of defence that the club has. Or maybe it was not really the defence that went wrong. Maybe it was the overconfidence and the assumption that it is hard to catch up with a 3-point lead.

    But apart from the unexpected spoils, perhaps what really bothered Mazzarri was the fact that they could have improve their rank in Serie A. If they won, it becomes easier for them to equalize with Roma, Juventus and Napoli. Who knows, they can even land a spot in the Champions League. And most importantly, a victory will lessen the pressure against the equally aggressive Hellas Verona.

    All of the above-mentioned scenarios that work towards their favor could have been achieved, only if the draw has been avoided. They are the so-called “dark horse” of the league and Mazzarri is more than willing to take that role. Mazzarri is more than willing to send spoils and upsets down in the pitch. Against Verona, the club has another opportunity. However, the club knows that will never be an easy feat.

    Indeed, there is truth to Andrea Mandorlini’s statement—that the Gialloblu are already reaping the fruits of their labor. Just recently, the club ended Parma’s winning streak and left them climbing on the 4th spot of Serie A.

    It was a hard-fought win, there was no doubt about it. A considerable amount of time was needed before Fabrizio Cacciatore’s first goal was replicated. And Parma took the opportunity to take the lead. Nevertheless, it was the club’s impressive penalty conversion rate that helped them make it through.
    Despite the rough road that they had to surpass, somehow, this has prepared the club for their battle against Inter Milan. Although they are one of the newly promoted outfits to make it in Italy’s top-flight league, Mandorlini’s men has adapted and adjusted well in the tournament. To note, it currently occupies Serie A’s 4th spot—just a point ahead of Inter Milan. Could it be that instead of Inter Milan, they are the real dark horse of the competition? Mandorlini can only answer this once the boys have started playing in the pitch. As for now, one thing is clear, the future of Hellas Verona definitely looks bright and promising.

    Football betting tip: Inter 1-2 Verona
    Verona has only won once against Inter Milan. Under this context, it is easy to say that the latter has more edge. Yet, with the way Mandorlini and his men are showing their stunts on the pitch, there is a possibility for the Gialloblu to change the course of history.
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    Saturday, December 07 2013, 12:31 PM - #permalink
    Livorno Vs Ac Milan

    The Livorno coach is questioned after their recent dip in form. What did they expect? They were always favourites to get relegated, but I guess it went too well for the newcomers to start with, leading to their fans losing their perspective. Captain Luci will be back in their midfield for this fixture, but they lose Piccini to an injury. Livorno will probably start with a 3-5-1-1 formation, Greco backing up Paulinho.
    Zapata will return to the Milan defence, but Silvestre, defender, is ruled out of this match. It looks like Mexes, De Sciglio, Abbiati and El Shaarawy will all be available tomorrow.
    Milan scored six goals last week, away to Celtic and Catania, and at least this writer was both surprised and impressed. Livorno are on the same level as Catania and consequently Milan ought to win this game. Likely away win.

    Napoli Vs Udinese

    You could sense at half time that Napoli would overcome Lazio at the Olympic Stadium. I cannot pin point what is was, they just looked more like a classy side. Their defender Britos will be suspended for this match and it is quite possible that Reveillere will play from the start in the home defence this time. Hamsik will be rested for the Arsenal encounter and furthermore, I expect coach Benitez to rest quite a few of his regulars looking ahead at the Arsenal encounter.
    On another day Di Natale would have scored against Juventus and it was a bit harsh for Udinese losing the match. Juventus were the better side, no doubt about that, but Udinese played a strong defensive game according to the book. I would not trust Napoli to win this league fixture.
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    Saturday, December 07 2013, 12:32 PM - #permalink
    Cagliari Vs Genoa

    Pinilla will be back in the home attack replacing the injured Ibarbo. A Ekdal is a likely starter in their midfield.
    Matuzalem will be suspended for Genoa and one of Lodi or Bertolacci will replace him in the midfield. Manfredini will return to their defensive line again. Upfront Gilardino and Kucka could be joined by Fetfatzidis or Santana this time.
    Cagliari have only won three league games this season and they are hardly backable as below evens favourites against any Serie A side. They won more games playing at Trieste last season. 1X game.

    Verona Vs Atalanta

    Three goals in an away game and still losing the match, it was the Verona destiny against Fiorentina. They lost the Verona derby the week before and it is absolutely to correct to say that Verona are in need of a win again. They are 6-0-1 at home and they are worth backing in this game. They have to manage without the suspended Cacciatore and Jankovic.
    Del Grosso and Moralez are in danger of missing out for Atalanta and definitely missing will be the suspended Cigarini. Migliaccio is favourite to replace Cigarini. Likely home win.

    Inter Vs Parma

    Inter, much like Roma, have problems winning their matches. Draws vs Bologna and Sampdoria, that is four missed points for Mazzarri’s team. What can I say? Sampdoria got what they deserved against Inter, while Bologna rode their luck on a couple of occasions. Guarin behind Palacio again, I guess but I would love to see a second Inter striker.
    Nagatomo missed last week’s match and he is a serious injury doubt again. Cassano did his duty against Bologna, scoring their goal, but his Parma could not break down a 10 man Bologna side. Sansone and Biabiany will most likely join Cassano in their front line with Amauri on the bench. Home win I guess, but I would not bet on it.

    As Roma Vs Fiorentina

    The Roma goal production has dried up and consequently they end up drawing their matches. Still unbeaten though after fourteen rounds of league football. Totti and Balzaretti are still unavailable, but Borriello and Torosidis will be back in contention. Pjanic will play from the start again in their midfield. They say F Totti is close, but should be available, he will start on the bench.
    Aquilani will be back in the Fiorentina midfield, back from his suspension. Pizarro and Pasqual are injury doubts. Fiorentina do not have the best defence in the league and not the best keeper either, or what should I say about their many goals conceded this far. In fact eighteen goals, while Roma have conceded only four. I am not logical here, as I prefer the away win alternative.

    Sampdoria Vs Catania

    Not quite happy with the odds, my choice has to be the home win. Mihajlovic has started quite well drawing with Lazio and Inter and here comes his first three pointer. Sampdoria were 0-1 down away to Inter, but their equaliser in the second half was quite logical with the team pushing hard for a goal.
    Krsticic will be back in the home midfield and Gastaldello will line up in their defence again.
    The bottom side will miss both their suspended players Barrientos and Tachtisidis and Bergessio plus Bellusci remain on the sidelines. It does not look good for Izco and Almiron either. Home winner.

    Sassuolo Vs Chievo

    An opportunity lost, statement from the Sassuolo coach after their 2-2 draw at Cagliari. His side was 2-0 up quite early in the game. Antei and Floro Flores will return from their suspensions this weekend.
    Chievo are looking good and their defensive line is rock steady at the moment. They will use a 4-3-3 formation again with Thereau in the middle flanked by Estigarribia and Sestu. Paloschi and Pelissier will also compete for starting roles upfront. I just have to back the away win.

    Torino Vs Lazio

    What a scoring chance Cerci missed for Torino in the last minute of the game at Genoa (1-1). Torino are playing to their full potential at the moment, or at least close to it, and Lazio are facing quite a task on Sunday.
    All, and I mean all, but the Lazio coach, are critisising the Lazio central defenders at the moment. I am talking about Cana and Ciani, doing most things wrong against Napoli. Offensively Lazio can be relied upon, although it was a disappointment that Keita did not start against Napoli.
    Biava and Klose are fit at last and Biava will join Cana in the Lazio central defence sending Ciani to the bench and Klose will play upfront. No Gonzalez, Radu is a doubt, but on the whole, a better looking Lazio side on Sunday. X2 game.
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    Tuesday, March 04 2014, 08:00 AM - #permalink
    Juventus vs. Fiorentina
    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local time)
    Venue: Juventus Stadium

    Another down the wire match is about to take place between Juventus and Fiorentina. Considered as one of the highly anticipated derbies in Serie A, expect the encounter as yet another spectacular clash of tactical wars and spectacular skill display on the pitch.

    Juventus take the online betting’s favorite role with odds to win at 2.08. This is despite Gialuigi Buffon’s claim of uncertainty over securing another scudetto. Currently, the Bianconneris maintain an 11-point lead over their closest title rival, AS Roma. Since they will be playing in their territory, one can expect them to exploit their home court advantage. Thus, betting at home (1.44) presents a high possibility of winning.

    However, going for a 6.74 in Fiorentina’s favor also present a decent value. During their last encounter, the Violas outlasted Juve with a convincing 4-2 victory. They may have lost their battle against Lazio, but it cannot be denied that they remain as one of the strongest forces that Juve must overcome.

    Prediction: Juventus


    Napoli vs. Roma
    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local time)
    Venue: Stadio San Paolo

    Napoli and Roma had to settle for a stalemate in their previous encounters. Both aggressive, determined and unwilling to throw the white towel, it is highly possible for the two clubs to be content for another even steven finish.

    Amidst their injury issues, the capital club was able to survive Inter’s attacks. They may have missed the opportunity to score more points, but at the very least, they did not go home empty-handed. As their head honcho, Rudi Garcia stressed, “drawing with Inter” is something that the club cannot be ashamed of. He also acknowledged the fact that they fought a “quality side.” Roma remain on the 2nd spot of the table, despite the said draw.

    As for Napoli, Rafael Napoli, was of course, disappointed over another stalemate. The brave Livorno took down the Partenopei when the latter’s very own Jose Reina scored an own goal and nailed the match’s equalizer.

    The result of the said match was Napoli’s 2nd consecutive stalemate.

    Prediction: Draw
    A 3.30 value proves to be a decent value when one ventures into sports betting. As implied, there are no weaker side in this particular match.

    Roma were able to keep a clean sheet in six (6) of their last seven (7) matches. They were also undefeated in fourteen (14) of their last fifteen (15) encounters. However, Napoli’s form is also in good shape.

    To note, they were undefeated in twelve (12) of their last thirteen (13) matches. In three (3) of its recent encounters, they have also limited the number of goals to 2.5.


    Inter vs. Torino
    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local time)
    Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

    The upset Giampiero Ventura stressed that the bulls readily need a “lesson in humility.” This was after the club succumbed to a disappointing loss against the mid-table Sampdoria.

    Torino has yet to recover from a devastating loss against Juventus, but another tragedy struck them when Sampdoria stunned them with a surprising win. Instead of attacking their opponent—a trait that is often attributed to bulls, it was the opposite that happened. They were the ones who were attacked and kept at bay. It is also for this reason that Ventura feels ashamed of connecting Torino and the ambition of qualifying in the next season’s European competition.

    The said defeat was Torino’s second consecutive loss in their last 6 matches.

    In the meantime, Inter has managed to capitalize in their scoreless stalemate against Roma. It may not be beneficial for the capital club, but for Inter’s side, the draw allowed them to temporarily strengthen their hold of the qualifying spot in the European competition.

    Prediction: Inter
    Undefeated in their last nine home (9) matches, one is looking for a lucrative amount at a 1.50 odds when betting at home. However, as Torino is keen on redeeming themselves from a disappointing loss, they also elicit the possibility of forcing a draw. Under this context, the football betting odds of 3.90 for a draw looks to be a profitable wager.


    Parma vs. Hellas Verona

    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local time)
    Venue: Stadio Ennio Tardini

    Parma moved a notch higher in the Serie A table after knocking down the minnow Sassuolo in a down the wire match. The club was able to maintain their early lead when Marco Parolo scored the first and only goal of the match on the 2nd minute.
    With the said victory, the club is just a point away from the possibility of qualifying in the European competition. Moreover, it also marked their six (6) undefeated run in the league.

    Meanwhile, Hellas Verona dropped in the Serie A ranking after a disappointing scoreless stalemate with Bologna. Unable to score that could have changed the course of the said match, the newly promoted club’s intention to play in the international arena has been temporarily halted.

    Prediction: Parma
    Giving out the Asian handicap of 0.5 to 1, Parma is pegged as the online bookies’ favorite with a 2.05 odds to win over Hellas Verona.

    Undefeated in their last fourteen (14) matches, capitalizing on a 1.76 odds at home may also bring some decent value and since they (Parma) have been keeping clean sheets in five (5) of their last seven (7) matches, the 3.45 odds for an expected 0-1 total number of goal in the match is a profitable one.


    Lazio vs. Atalanta

    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local time)
    Venue: Stadio Olimpico

    Lazio’s head honcho, Edoardo Reja expressed his relief when Lazio bagged the “needed win” over the strong Fiorentina. The club stole the limelight from the Violas when Lorik Cana’s “acrobatic shot” nailed an early goal on the 5th minute. Determined to protect their lead, the club prevented and deflected each and every scoring opportunities that their opponents had.

    Due to the said victory, the Biancocelesti now sits at the 8th spot of the Serie A table. This also meant that they are just a notch away from qualifying in the European competition once again. Lazio have been undefeated in their last five (5) matches and so were their last five (5) encounters at home.

    On the other hand, Atalanta’s Director General, Pierpaolo Marino was impressed of his side’s performance as well. This was after ensuring a narrow victory over Chievo Verona. The former scored two (2) goals courtesy of Carlos Carmona and Luca Cigarini.

    Delighted by the improvement of their rank (they now sit at the 13th spot), Marino added that they need to shift their focus now on how they will improve their performance when playing outside of their comfort zone as Atalanta have already lost in their last nine (9) away matches.

    Prediction: Lazio
    Online sports betting sites such as 12BET root for Lazio as favorite to win over Atalanta. Sharing an Asian handicap of 1, the 2.13 odds of going for Lazio deliver a decent value. Likewise, the 1.61 odds of betting at home also guarantee a sure win. But for the adventurous ones, going for Lazio’s 3.76 odds of drawing at Stadio Olimpico is also a profitable wager.


    Chievo Verona vs. Genoa

    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local time)
    Venue: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

    The defeat to Atalanta made Chievo Verona one of the clubs to suffer greatly last weekend. with the said loss, they dropped to the 17th spot of the table, which, naturally, left Eugenio Corini disappointed.
    However, it was not the loss that really made Corino upset, but the fact that they were still able to put up a good fight if not for the red card handed over to Bostjan Cesar. As Corini described the match result, it was an “undeserved defeat.”

    Chievo’s team form is currently under fire as they have only managed to win once in their last six (6) matches.

    Meanwhile, Genoa is on a high as they were able to get the upper hand over Catania. With the help of Luca Antonelli and Stefano Sturaro, the club strengthened their tight grip of the 10th spot of Italy’s top-flight league.

    Compared to Chievo, there is no doubt that Genoa has the better form. Their last 6 matches saw an undefeated run of 5 battles.

    Prediction: Stalemate
    Chievo outnumbers Genoa in terms of the matches they have won in their previous encounters. Historically speaking, this makes Chievo the stronger side than the hosts. However, there is an overt discrepancy in the clubs’ present form. This time, Genoa has the upper hand and can be easily dismissed as the sports betting’s top pick.

    Given the possibility that both clubs already know each other’s weaknesses, one cannot erased the probability for a draw to take place. A 3.21 odds is of decent value for bettors keeping an eye on this match.


    Udinese vs. AC Milan

    Match Date: 08 March 2014 (local time)
    Venue: Stadio Friuili

    Several days ago, Francesco Guidolin warned his boys about being complacent, but it looks like his warning is now heading towards a different direction. Just recently, Udinese suffered a major blow when Cagliari thrashed them with three (3) goals.

    Udinese had to pay dearly for the said defeat since it pushed them to the 15th spot of the league ranking. This meant that they are endanger of joining the fierce relegation survival battle as they are just a few notches away from the relegation zone.

    Making Udinese life more complicated is their match against AC Milan. Like them, the Rosonneris also encountered defeat when Juventus paid a visit. Milan may have been in a struggling form since the season started, yet, Udinese cannot immediately dismiss the strength of this side. As a matter of fact, both clubs share a similar form in which they both have 3 wins, 2 losses and a draw.

    Prediction: Draw
    Currently, AC Milan and Udinese are on an equal footing, given the result of their previous performances. A 2.99 sports betting odds for a draw is a lucrative one. Going for AC Milan on a 2.42 odds also delivers a decent value.


    Sampdoria vs. Livorno

    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local time)
    Venue: Comunale Luigi Ferraris

    Sampdoria return to Comunale Luigi Ferraris with a renewed confidence after silencing the aggressive Torino. They have successfully thrashed an aspiring participant in the Europa League when they kept a clean sheet and fired 2 goals. Making the win even more rewarding is that the victory catapulted their rank to the 12th spot of the Serie A table.

    In terms of the team form, Sampdoria sports an impressive form. They have only lost twice in their last 6 matches and presents a high possibility of securing more wins in the future.

    Meanwhile, Livorno is also in high spirits when they forced the strong Napoli to settle for a 1-1 stalemate. The draw may be short of salvaging them from the relegation zone, but the result of their previous match was definitely an inspiring one.

    Prediction: Sampdoria
    Sporting an Asian handicap of 0.5 to 1, Sampdoria are the online betting favorite of the upcoming match with a 2.09 odds.

    But since both just came from inspiring feats, it is also possible for Livorno to feature in the match. Thus, a 4.41 odds in Livorno’s favor may also deliver a great value.

    Catania vs. Cagliari

    Match Date: 08 March 2014 (local time)
    Venue: Stadio Angelo Massimino

    Diego Lopez described Cagliari’s victory as something they truly “deserve.” Needless to say, the win and the clean sheet against Udinese were absolute morale boosters for a club, which has been under fire due to their poor performance and possibility of being relegated for the next season.

    Other than the praise and acknowledgment, what gives Cagliari the strength to keep on improving is their rise in the league ranking. They are now on the 14th spot of Serie A and are 3 notches safe from relegation.

    If Cagliari has temporarily survived the relegation zone, this was not the case for Catania. As a matter of fact, it was stuck at the 19th spot of the table.
    Catania have to endure a stay at the rock bottom part of the top-flight league as they succumbed to Genoa’s beatings. The loss was their 2nd consecutive defeat after an inspiring 3-1 win over Lazio.

    Prediction: Draw
    Both of Catania and Cagliari’s form are short of being impressive. The triumph over Lazio was the only win that Catania has in its last 6 matches, whilst, Cagliari has only managed to secure 2 victories.

    Given these aspects at hand, one cannot disregard the fact that a draw shall decide the rifts between the two clubs. Draw odds valued at 3.15 do the trick for this sports betting affair. Since Catania have been scoreless in 5 of their last 7 battles, it is possible for Cagliari to have a clean sheet. Thus, betting on a 3.50 odds in favor of the away club is also a lucrative bet.


    Bologna vs. Sassuolo

    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local time)
    Venue: Stadio Renato Della’ Ara

    Bologna are slowly moving out of the relegation zone. With the scoreless stalemate against Hellas Verona, the club jumped to the 16th spot of the table. Although they remain unsafe, the draw was a great sign of improvement. Bologna’s form is quite suffering though as they have only won once in their last 6 matches. However, compared to their upcoming visitor, Sassuolo, they definitely have the better form.

    Speaking of Sassuolo, the club is currently at the rock bottom part of Serie A. Just recently, they lost to Parma, which marked their 6th losing streak.

    Prediction: Bologna
    Bologna emerge as the clear favorite of football betting tips as Sassuolo has already lost its last 7 matches in the league. Giving out an Asian handicap of 0. 5 to 1, a 2.26 odds in their favor is a profitable one.

    Since less than 2.5 goals have been made in 8 of Bologna’s home matches, betting on under, with a 2.05 odds present a better value for the bettors.
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