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Serie A Week 6 Fixtures Featuring Napoli vs Juventus

  • Friday, September 25th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr

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    Soccer Betting: From one round to the next, Italian Serie A takes no break as we face six straight days of action around the Italian pitch entering this weekend. Inter Milan remained the last surviving club without a scar on the campaign, taking their fifth straight win in their mid-week match with Hellas Verona. Once again, the Inter Milan defense came calling, keeping Verona limited to one shot on frame in the outing. Inter will face Fiorentina at the San Siro this weekend, hoping to extend their streak to six wins to open the year in league play.

    Our featured match of the weekend comes at San Paolo, where Napoli plays host to Juventus to get the round underwayon Saturday.Juventus continued their early season struggles, while barely scratching out a draw in their match with newly promoted Frosinone in Turin.

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    Genoa and AC Milan get theSaturdayslate started with an early match at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, as AC Milan look to build on their 3 - 2 mid-week victory over Udinese.

    Let's poke around the rest of the league, and see what we can expect around the Serie A pitch this weekend.

    Saturday September 26- 2 Matches

    Featured Match Napoli vs Juventus

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Napoli +125

    Juventus +245

    Draw +230

    Spread:

    Napoli Pk -175

    Juventus Pk +150

    Total 2.5:

    Over +120

    Under -140

    Analysis and Prediction:

    This might have gotten our featured match distinction out of respect for its recent past, although it does not change the fact that both clubs have gotten off to auspicious starts to the campaign, to say the least.

    Obviously, we expected a much different outcome in the Juventus match with Frosinone, but the newcomers from Serie B managed to pull a stunt out of the Juventus playbook. The Canaries found late goal scoring, an extra time goal to salvage a draw, with a late miracle from Leonardo Blanchard who probably scored the biggest goal of his career.

    Naturally, the expectations for these two clubs, even more so now that they are both in the bottom half of the table, are rising even further. Not too many experts had Napoli and Juventus sitting together in the 12 and 13 position in the young campaign, and a loss for either side could further complicate things.

    Marek Hamsik is questionable, and it affects the offense for Napoli as they lead the league with 10 goals, although he has only accounted for one of those tallies. His presence alone does, however, change the dynamic, so if he can't go, that could affect Higuain, Insgine, and Mertens a bit.

    These two clubs still have the potential to score, and a defensive battle is not exactly what we expect to see here, despite the recognition of Gigi Buffon in one of those nets.

    At +120, it is too tempting of an offer to test that these two will play to no less than a 2 - 1 score, with three points an absolute must for both sides.

    AS Roma vs Carpi

    3-Way: 1: Roma -400 Home ; X: +515 Draw ; 2: Carpi +1200 Away

    Spread: Roma -1.5 -110 ; Carpi +1.5 -110

    Total 3: Over +110 ; Under -130

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Well, we finally snuck in an AS Roma total in their mid-week encounter with Sampdoria, but the loss for Roma pushed them back to ninth in the table.While no one is overly concerned with where they are this early, we are seeing what adjustments need to be made as we end the September schedule.

    The tough part about the loss for Roma was, of course, the fact that an own goal decided the match in the 85th minute. Manolas didn't even need to touch the ball that was going to no one in the goal mouth, as no Sampdoria player was close to the goal. Manolas tried to lift it over the bar or at least away from the danger he thought was behind him, and scored on an unattended net.

    Carpi put up a good fight in their mid-week fixture with Napoli, although a scoreless draw at home still leaves them winless through the first five rounds of the campaign.

    Carpi certainly isn't going to Rome hoping for an offensive type of shootout, so the +1.5 handicap offer on the Serie A newcomers makes the board this weekend at Stadio Olimpico.

    A -110 offer is not much to ask for Carpi to keep the match within two goals.

    Sunday September 27- 6 Matches

    Genoa vs AC Milan

    3-Way: 1: Genoa +220 Home ; X: +240 Draw ; 2: Milan +130 Away

    Spread: Genoa Pk +130 ; Milan Pk -150

    Total 2.5: Over +105 ; Under -125

    Analysis and Prediction:

    AC Milan came flying out of the gate in their mid-week match with Udinese, but they didn't look all that convincing after scoring the first three goals of the match.

    Udinese scored two second half goals in a game that saw nine yellow cards and an eventual sendoff to Bruno Fernandez as extra time was coming to an end.

    Genoa was held to their fourth clean sheet in five outings so far, unable to find the net against Lazio in the 2 - 0 loss in Rome, which came as no surprise to us at all.

    Genoa can't score and the line setters want to give away Milan at +130?

    We say that it is a gift, because you don't just figure things out with only three days to prepare for their third match in nine days.

    AC Milan +130 on the 3-Way 1x2 line is the offer suggested.

    Bologna vs Udinese

    3-Way: 1: Bologna +150 Home ; X: +215 Draw ; 2: Udinese +210 Away

    Spread: Bologna Pk -140 ; Udinese Pk +120

    Total 2: Over -130 ; Under +110

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    As we mentioned in the AC Milan preview, Bruno Fernandez is suspended for Udinese as a result of the double yellow card infraction, and they already have enough issues in the early going of the campaign, We still find it hard to believe that Udinese beat Juventus on opening weekend, and have now lost all four of their outings since.

    Bologna hasn't done much better, sitting alongside Udinese with three points with the same 1 - 0 - 4 record.

    We expect a splash of nothing, to go along with a side-order of nothing, with nothing as the main course of the day, pointing us in the direction of the Under 2.5 at +110.

    A 1 - 1 score is certainly the best we expect to see here, but we don't even foresee that happening, so take the Under 2.5.

    Torino vs Palermo

    3-Way: 1: Torino -130 Home ; X: +255 Draw ; 2: Palermo +415 Away

    Spread: Torino -0.5 -130 ; Palermo +0.5 +110

    Total 2.5: Over +110 ; Under -130

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Torino and Palermo each lost 1 - 0 affairs in their mid-week matches, and neither club put up much of a fight, as they combined to put up three shots on goal.

    Now they get together and we simply expect more of the same, so we will simply move on and suggest this Under 2.5 at -130.

    Sassuolo vs Chievo Verona

    3-Way: 1: Sassuolo +120 Home ; X: +215 Draw ; 2: Chievo +265 Away

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

    Total 2: Over -125 ; Under +105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Chievo and Sassuolo are the two clubs who, we mentioned, handed Torino and Palermo those 1 - 0 losses, and we have already discussed how Chievo is still in our minds going to find a way to hang on for some type of European competition in the next campaign, Yes, we realize that is a bold call, but from what we are seeing in the eye-test, Chievo is for real this season, and we will expect things from them throughout the campaign.

    This will be the first test, and we actually suggest the Pk Draw no Bet action on Chievo at +160, instead of bothering with the -140 on the +0.5 handicap.

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    Inter Milan vs Fiorentina

    3-Way: 1: Inter -125 Home ; X: +260 Draw ; 2: Fiorentina +375 Away

    Spread: Inter -0.5 -125 ; Fiorentina +0.5 +105

    Total 2.5: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    The top two clubs in Serie A could have easily been our featured match of the round, and it probably should be, in all honesty. As was said earlier, we gave the nod to Napoli and Juventus out of respect for the recent history between the two, along with the fact that they both will still be expected to improve. Regardless of that, Inter Milan is still riding high, and the last remaining club to have taken all 15 points from five outings.

    It is tough to take down a team who has been as defensively sound as Inter has been thus far in the campaign, with only one goal finding their net this year.

    Fiorentina is not far behind, with four wins and a loss good enough for the second position in the table in the early going.

    This should be an epic battle between two clubs who want to prove that the start is no fluke, as neither side will likely get away from their defensive mindset.

    We see this Under 2.5 at -115 as an easy choice to suggest here at the San Siro, with more defense to come.

    Hellas Verona vs Lazio

    3-Way: 1: Verona +280 Home ; X: +240 Draw ; 2: Lazio +105 Away

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

    Total 2.5: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    We always mention that on the road Lazio is a completely different club, and here we are again, with a trip to Verona in store for the capital side.

    We are moving right along and suggesting the Over 2.5 here at -105. Why?

    Because of the repeated fact that Lazio away from Rome is a complete mess, and everyone and anyone can score on Lazio in their own building.

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    Monday September 28- 2 Matches

    Frosinone vs Empoli

    3-Way: 1: Frosinone +205 Home ; X: +235 Draw ; 2: Empoli +140 Away

    Spread: Frosinone Pk +120 ; Empoli Pk -140

    Total 2.5: Over +100 ; Under -120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    It was quite an effort for Frosinone in their mid-week match with Juventus, scoring in extra time at Juventus Stadium to steal points from the four-time Italian champs.

    Empoli did exactly what we expected them to do in theirThursdaymatch with Atalanta, not scoring at all with a single shot on frame in the 1 - 0 loss at home.

    We hope that Frosinone learned something, and takes that celebration to their own fans this weekend, so we put the +120 Pk offer on the home side at Stadiu Matusa.

    Atalanta vs Sampdoria

    3-Way: 1: Atalanta +115 Home ; X: +230 Draw ; 2: Sampdoria +260 Away

    Spread: Atalanta -0.5 +115 ; Sampdoria +0.5 -135

    Total 2.5: Over +105 ; Under -125

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Both clubs came away with three points in their mid-week matches, and Sampdoria might be among the Serie A surprises this year leading the league, with 11 goals scored.

    Eder leads the league with six of those tallies, with Higuain of Napoli and Quagliarella of Torino tied for second with four a piece.

    Atalanta usually scores at home, and it doesn't seem as if anyone is going to slow down Sampdoria, so let's end the round with a play on this total. The offer comes in as the Over 2.5, at a pretty nice +105 on the action.

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