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Italian Serie A Week 17 Fixtures Featuring Sampdoria vs Lazio

  • Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

    By  Ej Garr

    Sampdoria-vs-Lazio odds

    Soccer Betting: Italian Serie A picks up from the holiday break to get the 2015 side of the campaign under way. We will see a full slate of matches on the schedule for the weekend as well, which amounts to each club playing two fixtures in 7 days.

    We have our featured match getting us startedon Monday, as it is the lone match set forJanuary 5, and we will finish out the entire schedule with 9 matches on Tuesday, the 6th.Lazio takes on Sampdoria at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with both clubs involved in the three-way, third-place tie in the table, the other being Napoli.

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    Lazio is 5 - 2 at home, which accounts for 15 of those 27 points that deadlocks these clubs. Sampdoria only has one away loss on the campaign, finding some type of result in 7 of their 8 road matches. *2W - 5D - 1L* The game can be seen on BeinSports at 2:45 PMEastern.

    One ofSunday'sfeatured matches includes Juventus hosting Inter Milan, or as we know it in the old country as the Derby d'Italia. It can also be seen on BeinSports at3PMEastern. Juventus is still holding the top spot in the table with 3 points over AS Roma.

    The winter transfer window opens onJanuary 5in the Italian leagues, and will run throughFebruary 2. There will be much to discuss about player and coaching moves over the next month or so, and we will try to bring you all the concrete knowledge we have about those changes as they become available.

    Let's get to the pitch and get round 17 started, and see if we can also take advantage of Italian Serie A Betting over the 2015 side of the campaign.

    Monday, January 5- 1 Match

    Featured Match Sampdoria vs Lazio

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Smpdoria +365

    Lazio -110

    Draw +230

    Spread:

    Sampdoria +0.5 -110

    Lazio -0.5 -110

    Total 2.5:

    Over +125

    Under -145

    Analysis and Prediction:

    As we mentioned in the opening stanza, Sampdoria has been a solid away club all year, and Lazio simply plays a different game at home, which is usually successful in the long run of the campaign.

    Sampdoria gets lost in all the Roma, Juventus and Napoli hype, but has only one loss to show for the entire 2014 side of the campaign. What is scary is that they have had some injuries mounting up, and have still played top flight football together.

    Lazio knows how to use Rome to their advantage, and they will simply be hard to get points from here, but Sampdoria is not about to come to Rome fearing that lions and bears to come out of the stands!

    Since the lines are exactly the same, with -110 on both Lazio to win 3-Way, and Sampdoria with the +0.5 handicap, we will turn to the away side here, and hope that Sampdoria remains with only 1 loss, and if they win or draw, we take our winning ticket to the window.

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    Tuesday, January 6 - 9Matches

    AS Roma vs Udinese

    3-Way: 1: Roma -105 Away ; X: +230 Draw ; 2: Udinese +345 Home

    Spread: Roma -0.5 -105 ; Udinese +0.5 -115

    Total 2.5: Over +100 ; Under -120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Udinese's problems have always come from the away side of the schedule, as once again they are under the middle of the pack with only 2 away wins. Luckily, they seem to show up at home where Roma has been a bit easier to get results against. Udinese has gotten 14 of their 22 points at home, and Roma has given up 7 of their overall 11 goals on the road.

    As this match approaches, the transfer window opening is also of concern to a good bit of Roma players, who all seem to be on someone's radar around Europe. Strootman and Destro are among the players being sought after, just to name a few.

    This match has a feel of some goal scoring happening, and to see even money on the 2.5 was a pleasant site to the eyes. Roma needs to stay with Juve and can't afford to sit back and let Udinese control the pace. Udinese knows that Roma is offensively talented enough to score anywhere, so they also will push to find the net. We see a 2 - 1 match here at worst, so the Over 2.5 goes on the board.

    Sassuolo vs AC Milan

    3-Way: 1: Sassuolo +550 Away ; X: +285 Draw ; 2: AC Milan -170 Home

    Spread: Sassuolo +1 -125 ; AC Milan -1 +105

    Total 2.5: Over -115 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    We know AC Milan already let Fernando Torres head to Atletico, and they are making it well known that they expect to be active in the transfer window. AC Milan is reportedly looking to let go of M’Baye Niang to lure Udinese striker Luis Muriel to the Rossoneri. Former Torino standout and Italian National Alessio Curci is expected to be in AC Milan uniform as well, back from a short stint in Spain with Atl Madrid.

    Sassuolo does not really have to make too many additions to what has already been the surprise of Serie A to many media outlets this campaign. They slowed down a bit as the 2014 side of the ledger came to a close, with no wins out of the last 3, but they still have a positive outlook on the rest of the year.

    With AC Milan reloading nicely for the back half of the campaign, they should be able to overpower Sassuolo at the San Siro to get 2015 started, and the line setters told us as much with the -170 on the home side.

    We will have to settle for this Over 2.5 at a reasonable -115, expecting some fireworks to kick off 2015.

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    Torino vs Chievo Verona

    3-Way: 1: Torino +165 Away ; X: +205 Draw ; 2: Chievo +195 Home

    Spread: Torino Pk -125 ; Chievo Pk +105

    Total 2: Over -115 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    There is not much of a discrepancy between these two, as there has not been anything positive to take from the 2014 side of the campaign. As we start 2015, they sit one point apart and are on that dangerous edge of the relegation zone, so they will need to both reevaluate and address their concerns immediately if they want to stay in top flight Italian football. There is a lot of season left, as we have not even approached the halfway point as of yet, so there is plenty of time to turn things around.

    This Over 2 has plenty of value at -115, as Torino have been a horrible away club this year, and Chievo can usually find the net at least once at home. We can expect no less than a 1 - 1 match here to at worst push our action, and hope we see the third to cash the full time ticket.

    Hellas Verona vs Empoli

    3-Way: 1: Verona +300 Away ; X: +230 Draw ; 2: Empoli +105 Home

    Spread: Verona +0.5 -125 ; Empoli -0.5 +105

    Total 2.5: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    After the results Verona had last year in their first season back in Serie A, they had much higher expectations this year than sitting in a tie in the 13th spot in the table with 17 points through 16 fixtures. They stumbled heavily as the 2014 side of the campaign came to a close, while Empoli has not lost since the first day of November.

    However, Empoli is not winning, and they are one of the clubs tied at 17 points, so this match is plenty important for both teams. They both want to get 2015 started right, and they can put each other in a worse situation. These 3 points may seem trivial to some, but these two clubs know where they sit, and know a lot can go wrong before it can go right.

    It is too bad that Verona is playing the way they are right now. To see a +300 on the away side that we cannot even be remotely confident to suggest makes it that much easier to just hope Empoli cannot settle for a home draw and find all three points available. Empoli 3-Way +105 will have to do.

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    Atalanta vs Genoa

    3-Way: 1: Atalanta +335 Away ; X: +230 Draw ; 2: Genoa -105 Home

    Spread: Atalanta +0.5 -115 ; Genoa -0.5 -105

    Total 2.5: Over +125 ; Under -145

    Analysis and Prediction:

    We have discussed plenty in our previous articles about the Genoa net minder Matteo Perin, who has greatly helped Genoa stay in the discussion for European spots next year.

    We have also made plenty of points about the Atalanta offense being 'absolutely offensive' and simply stinking it up when it comes to putting drives together and finding the net. A league low of 11 goals will not get any easier having an away match with Perin and that Genoa back line.

    However, Genoa might have welcomed the break, having lost their final two matches of 2014. The line setters graciously offering a -105 on Genoa here is certainly a reasonable price to suspect that they can secure these 3 points, and remain in the battle for European spots the rest of the campaign.

    Cagliari vs Palermo

    3-Way: 1: Cagliari +335 Away ; X: +235 Draw ; 2: Palermo -105 Home

    Spread: Cagliari +0.5 -115 ; Palermo -0.5 -105

    Total 2.5: Over +100 ; Under -120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Cagliari has not been able to put a thing together the entire campaign. They sit with only 2 wins on the year, but have played extremely well away from home. They have 9 of their 12 points coming from away fixtures, and are still the last side to not have taken a home win. So should we be happy they are away from home, since it is the only time they seem to find results?

    Goals could certainly be a theme here, as these two clubs have surrendered 54 goals combined through 16 matches. You do not need to be a Harvard graduate to know is not a good number. We will splash this Over 2.5 at even money, expecting a 2 - 2 type of match.

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    Fiorentina vs Parma

    3-Way: 1: Fiorentina -105 Away ; X: +230 Draw ; 2: Parma +340 Home

    Spread: Fiorentina -0.5 -105 ; Parma +0.5 -115

    Total 2.5: Over +100 ; Under -120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Parma? Cheese maybe, football, not so much! If this match were in Fiorentina, the Viola would be -250 or better, so they have to find a way to play together enough to find 3 points over a Parma club that is headed to second tier next season.

    Parma is not showing nearly enough fight to give us a reason to think they can get in the way of a bet, so the bet comes in the form of Fiorentina -105 3-Way line, and keep Parma reeling.

    Napoli vs Cesena

    3-Way: 1: Napoli -275 Away ; X: +375 Draw ; 2: Cesena +925 Home

    Spread: Napoli -1.5 +110 ; Cesena +1.5 -130

    Total 2.5: Over -120 ; Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Napoli has certainly thrown their hat in the transfer window conversations, with plenty of names being mentioned as both coming and going.

    The Naples side took a huge win over Juventus in the Super Coppa over the break, but we still think changes need to be made to progress the Serie A campaign. Having Cesena to start 2015 will surely make any adjustments needed much easier, because Cesena and Parma have been destroyed all season.

    We give Cesena a small chance of only losing by 1, much less hope they can manage a multi goal defeat, and will suggest both the over 2.5 and Napoli -1.5 handicap with the user friendly lines that are being offered on each.

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    Inter Milan vs Juventus

    3-Way: 1: Inter +625 Away ; X: +300 Draw ; 2: Juventus -190 Home

    Spread: Inter +1 -105 ; Juventus -1 -115

    Total 2.5: Over -110 ; Under -110

    Analysis and Prediction:

    We have a Lukas Podolski sighting, and it came in Italy as the 29 year-old German National decided to leave England in the transfer window. From the early news we are hearing, he is expected to be cleared to play in this match as well.

    Paul Pogba seems to be the biggest thing all of a sudden, as his name is being thrown around to a good chunk of English clubs to make a move.

    With so much news around the match, especially it being yet another Derby d'Italia, which many eyes will be watching in the Italian night, we need to remember there is a match to be played.

    Juventus has its sights set on Europe, with a head-to-head meeting with Borussia Dortmund coming in February, but they will have a good month of Italian football to prepare for it. Inter Milan is certainly setting their sights on European spots for next year, as they are a mere couple of wins away from being right in the discussion near the upper portion of the table.

    This match has an Over type sense to it as well, as we seem to be expecting a good bit of goal scoring around the league to get 2015 started. Well, we did see over 1,000 goals in both the 2013 and 2014 campaigns, so maybe they will start getting that mindset again to finish the 2014-15 season.

    We will take this Over 2.5 at -110, and hope we see goals a plenty in Italy to get our work week started.

    In Bocca Al Lupo!

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