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Serie A: Betting Preview

posted by Paul Harper
Serie A: Betting Preview

There’s nine games to go in Serie A and current leaders and defending champions Juventus are nine points clear of second-placed Napoli. Matchday 30 all takes place on Saturday, so let’s take a look where you might be able to win a few quid this weekend.

Game of the day is undoubtedly at the San Siro as Inter Milan host Juventus. This would usually be a clash between teams fighting it out for the scudetto but not this year. Juventus are nine points clear of next best side Napoli, and a massive 18 points ahead of sixth-placed Inter who have had a very disappointing season.

The nerazzurri are still trying to achieve European football for next season as well as playing for pride against one of their biggest rivals. It certainly won’t be an easy game for Antonio Conte’s side, who will looking to ease closer to another league title.

The home side are in poor form, but I fancy they will raise their game for this clash and think they may nick a point, which can be backed at 23/10 (Bet365, Totesport). I don’t see many goals in this one, so I’d back Under 2.5 goals here at 5/6 (StanJames).

Another big game sees Roma travel to Palermo. The two teams are fighting at opposite ends of the table, with the capital outfit looking to break into the top three while their hosts sit rock bottom of the standings.

Roma have hit a nice bit of form at a good time of the season, while Palermo are in a dreadful run which goes back 15 matches since their last victory, a 3-1 home win against Catania on 24th November 2012.

I can only see one Winner in this one, with Roma backable at 11/10 (Paddy Power, StanJames) with Erik Lamela looking a good bet for the opening goal at 11/2 (SkyBet, BetVictor).

Third-placed AC Milan will be looking to hold off Roma’s push up the league table as they travel to face Chievo. The rossoneri are in excellent form in Serie A, yet to lose in 2013, and with Mario Balotelli firing on all cylinders since his arrival from Manchester City.

Chievo sit a lowly 15th but they are ten points clear of the relegation zone. It would be a dramatic turnaround for them to be dragged into a relegation battle, but another win or two will guarantee their Serie A survival.

I can’t see them picking up that from this fixture though, Milan should be far too strong for them at 3/4 (Sportingbet, William Hill). Balotelli is the favourite to open the scoring and looks in great form. Odds of 4/1 (bwin) look too good to refuse, especially considering he will take the penalties should Milan be awarded one.

The final game of the day is between Torino and Napoli, live on ESPN at 8pm. The hosts are very much mid-table, with no prospect of relegation but no hope of reaching anywhere much higher than their current 12th position.

Napoli still hold slim hopes of catching Juventus at the top of the league. It’s unlikely to happen but they’ll be looking to finish strongly to put them under pressure and hold onto second place ahead of AC Milan.

29/20 (BetVictor) is on offer for an away win, and that has to be my tip of the day. Napoli are a good side, and need to win to keep the title race open.

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I've been writing betting previews for Selectabet since 2010. My specialist subject is football. I'm a Tranmere Rovers and England supporter and have plenty of experience of Spanish and Italian football having lived out in both countries. I cover the English Premier League, English Football League, Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A for the site. I am a general sports nut though and also cover cricket, tennis and darts.

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