In last Friday’s big Serie A fixture, Roma swept aside Fiorentina in a 4-1 victory that saw Mohammed Salah inflict a large share of the damage. His second, shortly after half-time, took the match beyond my 3-1 prediction and no goals were added in the final half hour. Elsewhere, Juventus navigated safely passed Atalanta and Napoli returned to winning ways against Chievo. Sassuolo were up to their old tricks, defeating Milan at home for the third year running.
Roma are positioning themselves firmly into third spot in Serie A. They’ll tackle Udinese this weekend and are 5/6 to keep their good run going. Despite playing well in Tuesday’s second leg, their league form is tarnished by home and away Champions League defeats to Real Madrid. Udinese may sense an opportunity for an upset but will have to vastly improve from their defeat to Frosinone. It’s 1/1 for over 2.5 goals on Sunday afternoon.
Juventus host Sassuolo in my game of the weekend. The Neroverdi have become one of my favourite sides and their rise from Serie C1 to the upper half of the top division has been brilliant. They’ll be reunited with old friends in the form of Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri – whose rise to the top has been equally meteoric – and former star striker Simone Zaza. A confident Sassuolo have the ability to trouble Juventus but are hard to back at a huge 10/1. Juventus’s home form is incredible and they’re 1/1 to be winning at both half-time and full-time.
Napoli will hope to return from Sicily with three points and can’t afford to fall behind their Scudetto rivals. They aren’t the greatest value at 7/20 but can be boosted to 7/4 for a BTTS + win result.
Inter were comfortable winners last weekend as their season moved back on course. I’m backing them to beat Bologna on Saturday night. Roberto Donadoni’s side have been anything but entertaining – completing a trio of consecutive 0-0s last weekend. Inter are 1/2 to win but an unlikely fourth straight 0-0 can be taken at 17/2.
Torino visit the Luigi Ferraris on Sunday afternoon. Their form since the turn of the year has been pretty uninspiring with just two wins from 12. On first glance their away form is equally dour – just three wins all season – but they know how to set themselves up, avoiding defeat in seven of their last ten. I actually fancy Torino to win in Genoa with Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti slowly restoring their attacking threat. Torino are a risk at 19/10 but one I’ll be happy to take.
Verona were hammered last weekend and are back rooted to the bottom of the Serie A table. Fiorentina will welcome their home tie against the bottom club as the best possible way to get back on track.
Win Fourfold @ 3.55
Goals Treble @ 5.57
Match Prediction @ 6.00
(Odds correct as of 10/03)