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Italian Serie A Week 2 Featuring AS Roma vs Juventus

  • Saturday, August 29th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr

    AS-Roma-vs-Juventus Odds

    Serie A Betting: There may not be an official 'Derby' assignment that we see in big matches within Serie A when Roma and Juventus square off, but make no mistake that the two recognize each other as the best two teams in Italy in recent times.

    Juventus has won four straight Scudetto titles in Serie A, and Roma has finished second in each of the last two campaigns, so maybe one day we can offer a suggested 'Derby' declaration for the Roma Juventus meetings.If you missed the biggest news of opening weekend, Juventus lost at their fortress Juventus Stadium on opening day for the first time since their new home was erected, and that streak stretched out well beyond 2011, in fact.

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    Another of the shocking results to the beginning of the campaign came when Sassuolo upset Napoli 2 - 1, earning them three home points to start their third straight year in top flight Serie A. Sassuolo and Bologna get the round startedon Saturday.

    After being held to a clean sheet against the Viola in Florence, the AC Milan result was a disappointing start with their new manager. The Rossoneri fans will fill the San Siroon Saturday, taking part in the secondSaturdayaffair.

    The Roma V Juventus bash starts at high-noonEastern time to kick off the eight matches taking placeon Sundaythat fill the second round of the campaign.

    The Chievo Verona V Lazio match became more interesting when Chievo upset Empoli at Stadio Carlo Castellani opening weekend, and Lazio also started the campaign with three points of their own in a home win over Bologna.

    Let's run through it all and see what we can take from the second round of Italian Serie A.

    Saturday August 29- 2 Matches

    Bologna vs Sassuolo

    3-Way: 1: Bologna +130 Home ; X: +225 Draw ; 2: Sassuolo +225 Away

    Spread: Bologna Pk -150 ; Sassuolo Pk +130

    Total 2.5: Over +115 ; Under -135

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Sassuolo got off to a smashing start at home last weekend, as Napoli strode in to Mapei Stadium favored to ease by the Black and Greens, but that did not work out so well.

    The home underdogs went down 1 - 0 before some fans even took their seats, as Hamsik scored just three minutes into the match. Sassuolo leveled just after the half-hour mark, and the match came down to an 84th minute goal from youngster Nicola Sansone, who scored 10 goals in his first season with Sassuolo a year ago.

    Bologna pretty much let Lazio do whatever they wanted, and this scoreline could have easily been 5 - 1, but looks so much better as a 2 - 1 defeat.

    If you were to rewind the match and watch it again, you would notice that Lazio seemed to put up a shot every couple of minutes, which, in fact, they did fire off 21 shots overall.

    The early two goals for Lazio were the difference, although Bologna did grab their goal just minutes before the half, giving them hope coming out for the last 45. Lazio outshot Bologna 13 - 4 in the second half and only allowed one shot on frame in the second half, doing all they needed to stay healthy and prepare for Chievo Verona.

    Berardi coming off the pitch for Sassuolo is a concern, as we are now finding out that he will be out for at least a month, and that changes things in this Sassuolo offense.

    The Under might sound good if the price were a little cheaper, because -135 just doesn't really make the ole mouth wet, so let's get all money hungry, and chase down this Draw at +225. A 1 - 1 result could surely come as the ref blows that final whistle, so the risky draw play goes on the board.

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    AC Milan vs Empoli

    3-Way: 1: Milan -200 Home ; X: +333 Draw ; 2: Empoli +600 Away

    Spread: Milan -1 -125 ; Empoli +1 +105

    Total 2.5: Over -115 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Two clubs that enter the weekend trying to atone for poor outings hook up at the San SiroSaturdayevening in Milan, and there was much more hope with the release of Filippo Inzaghi that this would not be another one of those campaigns again for Milan.

    When they revealed the opening day card for the Milan match with Fiorentina, it was hard to decipher what creative moves were made for Milan other than a new boss in the dugout.

    Then throw in the entries of Cerci, Nocerina and Zapata, and what do you really think you have?

    Without Niang, Mexes and Menez on the field, the chances of big results slides down a bit in our opinion.

    This match could go two ways, and it is scary to want to suggest the total knowing that so much can happen in so little time when you don't expect anything to happen at all.

    The Under is the play we would like to offer, but can we really do it?

    Neither Milan's defense nor Empoli’s back line looked exactly impressive last weekend, and opening day at the San Siro should provide a lift of some sort to get this match moving along, so let's turn it around.

    Somehow, someway, we can expect that third goal to come late in a 1 - 1 match, on a hunch that these two defenses still need to work on things in the early campaign. And throw in that neither can afford to sit back with an opening day loss on both of their early resumes.

    Sunday August 30- 8 Matches

    Featured Match AS Roma vs Juventus

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Roma +170

    Juventus +190

    Draw +210

    Spread:

    Roma Pk -115

    Juventus Pk -105

    Total 2:

    Over -135

    Under +115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    As we mentioned, it has been years upon years since Juventus lost a campaign-opening home match, and we saw early what the losses of Tevez and Vidal to that offense.

    Paul Pogba is pretty damn good, but sporting the number 10 jersey now certainly does not make him the guy who should be taking every set piece and penalty kicks etc.

    Whatever jersey number he wants to wear, no one is replacing the 21 jersey that Pirlo left behind, as he was the one who could steal three points from a 0 - 0 match that was sure to end in a scoreless draw.

    Rudi Garcia decided to sit Francesco Totti so he would be 100% fit for the big match at Olimpico, and it looked like that almost changed as Totti prepared to come on as a sub, but it never translated into an appearance.

    The Magica find themselves in familiar territory with the draw result last weekend, as all too often it decided matches that kept Roma from competing with Juventus for the Scudetto.

    The dynamic is Juventus is so much different, and it doesn't seem like Roma really made a drastic effort to go out and get help for Totti to go out on top in his final seasons in a Roma uniform.

    This could just be two teams who ran around for 90 minutes and accomplished nothing, and we did see a 1 - 1 draw here in the second meeting between the two here last season.

    The draw again makes our sheet this week, and a +210, that is not a bad little payout

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    Chievo Verona vs Lazio

    3-Way: 1: Chievo +265 Home ; X: +225 Draw ; 2: Lazio +120 Away

    Spread: Chievo +0.5 -140 ; Lazio -0.5 +120

    Total 2: Over -150 ; Under +130

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Lazio did all they needed to do to take their first three points of the year, as we mentioned, in the Bologna preview, but there was some bad news this week as Lazio was knocked out of Champions League by Bayer Leverkusen this pastWednesday.

    Not surprised to see Lazio knocked out of anything, as they really have not been impressive in all of their outside contests from Serie A.

    We are going to get a little ballsy here, and suggest the Chievo Pk Draw no Bet option at +155. If you missed our 2014-15 previews, you know how Lazio can be Jekyll and Hyde away from Olimpico, and Chievo looked pretty good against Empoli to start their campaign with a 3 - 1 win.

    Not a bad price, and not a bad play, especially with Miroslav Klose still out with the hammy issue.

    Atalanta vs Frosinone

    3-Way: 1: Atalanta -125 Home ; X: +250 Draw ; 2: Frosinone +415 Away

    Spread: Atalanta -0.5 -125 ; Frosinone +0.5 +105

    Total 2.5: Over +125 ; Under -145

    Analysis and Prediction:

    It took seven minutes for the Frosinone fans to celebrate a Serie A goal last weekend, but the lead only lasted to the hour mark, when Fabio Quagliarella equalized the match at one. Torino snapped the hopes of even a single point in the Canaries home opener just five minutes later, as Daniele Baselli came up from his midfield spot and broke the deadlock to give Torino a good start to their campaign.

    Now, an away opening match in Bergamo at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, although there could be tougher clubs to deal with in your first away match in top flight.

    Remember how we say the line setters fell asleep and make fun of them for offering a line that made no sense?

    How about this Over 2.5 at +125, because yes, we know how Atalanta has struggled with goal scoring the last two years or so, and yes, Frosinone is making their first ever road trip in Serie A.

    What is to be nervous about for these two to not go out and have some success finding the net in a 2 - 2 type of altercation.

    It would be fun to attack that draw here, but the +125 on the Over 2.5 hopes to see us catching those line setters sleeping again.

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    Carpi vs Inter Milan

    3-Way: 1: Carpi +420 Home ; X: +265 Draw ; 2: Inter -135 Away

    Spread: Carpi +0.5 +115 ; Inter -0.5 -135

    Total 2.5: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Carpi got blindsided by five Sampdoria goals in a 23-minute time span of the first half, and were never even close to being in the match, despite a late goal and missed penalty kick in added time.

    Inter Milan did what they needed to do to escape their match with Atalanta last weekend, after what seemed like a definite draw, turned in to three points for Inter in the 93rd minute of extra time.

    This is one of those hunches that Inter Milan will score early, manage a 1 - 0 lead late in to the match, and either hang on to the lead or make it 2 - 0, so Inter Milan and he -135 3-Way 1x2 line makes the board as a suggested play.

    Torino vs Fiorentina

    3-Way: 1: Torino +165 Home ; X: +220 Draw ; 2: Fiorentina +185 Away

    Spread: Torino Pk -115 ; Fiorentina Pk -105

    Total 2.5: Over +125 ; Under -145

    Analysis and Prediction:

    There is already talk at a few media outlets there talking about how Fiorentina will be fighting among the top clubs all campaign, and they certainly put out the fire that AC Milan was supposed to be lit with last weekend.

    The 2 - 0 performance set the tone for the campaign, and the Viola now have to travel to Turin and take on a Torino club that did nothing but score in their preparation for the new year, and then carried it over to a 2 - 1 win last weekend over Frosinone.

    We are going to gladly suggest this Over 2.5, and amazingly the line setters are giving us a golden +125 line to crack.

    Genoa vs Hellas Verona

    3-Way: 1: Genoa +105 Home ; X: +245 Draw ; 2: Verona +280 Away

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

    Total 2.5: Over +100 ; Under -120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    The Genoa defense is at it again, and after a spectacular away outing that should have earned them a point in the scoreless draw, the Genoa defense gave away the match, and watched Palermo steal all three points with an extra time goal to seal the deal.

    Verona put up a fight against Roma in their home opener, and managed a decent 1 - 1 result considering Roma was strongly favored to take three points from them.

    The Verona +0.5 at -125 is going to creep on to the board this weekend, with Verona expected to get any type of result they can find to help us cash that ticket.

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    Napoli vs Sampdoria

    3-Way: 1: Napoli -205 Home ; X: +325 Draw ; 2: Sampdoria +650 Away

    Spread: Napoli -1 -130 ; Sampdoria +1 +110

    Total 2.5: Over -135 ; Under +115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Sampdoria reminded Carpi what top flight football in Italy is all about on opening weekend, handing the newly promoted side a 5 - 2 beat down in Genoa.

    Napoli was surprisingly upset by a Sassuolo club that refused to lose at home to start their campaign, so now the two meet up with both expected to be among the top of the table when the season comes to a close.

    How concerned should we be with the Napoli outing, because that was not what we expected to see, although we did expect goals to be scored.

    We expect a good bit of back and forth action in this one, so the Over 2.5 is our offer even though the price is just on the edge of our comfort zone.

    Udinese vs Palermo

    3-Way: 1: Udinese +115 Home ; X: +225 Draw ; 2: Palermo +275 Away

    Spread: Udinese -0.5 +115 ; Palermo +0.5 -135

    Total 2: Over -145 ; Under +125

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Palermo got lucky as hell against Genoa on opening weekend, but it gave their fans a reason to celebrate, and that's all that matters in the long run.

    Abdelhamid El Kaoutari found himself staring at the goal after a set piece bounced amidst the Genoa defense, and found its way to Kaoutari who put the ball in the back of the net.

    Palermo always seems to come up with results at home, and it is what essentially saved their bacon last year, because they were not the best road team in Serie A to say the least.

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    Udinese is, of course, riding a high of beating Juventus in Turin to open their campaign, which no one saw coming. Well almost no one, because we did offer the handicap line with Udinese and easily came out cashing that ticket with a 1 - 0 outright win.

    Now the two come back to earth and we expect much different results than the 1 - 0 results the each saw on opening weekend.

    The line setters off a -145 on the Over 2, and we offer a +105 on the Over 2 and 2,5 handicap line as the last play to wrap up the round.

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