Two weeks ago following defeat to Roma, Lazio parted company with Stefano Pioli replacing him with Simone Inzaghi. The former striker’s first game in charge took the club to Sicily where they restored a feel good factor in a 0-3 win. It was Lazio’s turn to inflict a manger sacking, Walter Novellino being removed after just four games in charge.
The managerial situation at Palermo is utterly absurd; from Giuseppe Iachini to Davide Ballardini, Ballardini to caretaker Fabio Viviani, Viviani to Guillermo Schelotto (though never made official) and later the two Giovannis – Bosi and Tedesco. From there the club went back to Giuseppe Iachini who was sacked once again in March for the hiring of Novelino. Now Novelino has gone and guess who’s back? It’s number two on that list – Ballardini. The club have seen seven different managers since the start of the season.
It makes for the most ridiculous of stories but at the turn of February Palermo sat 14th, just three places lower than they finished last season – nothing to boast about but far from a situation that called for this level of chaos.
Palermo have fallen from heights since 2009. Fifth that year and seventh the next, by the end of 2013 they were relegated after failing to score a point in the last month of the season. A team boasting names such as Andrea Belotti, Abel Hernandez and fledgling star Paulo Dybala roared to a Serie B title and immediate promotion but two years on they are at another dismal low. To make matters worse, they have Juventus away this weekend. At 2/13 Juventus offer extremely little value – but they’ll win, I have no doubt about that.
Though paling in comparison to the situation in Palermo, Milan president Silvio Berlusconi was also active during the week – firing Sinisa Mihajlović after their defeat to Juventus. The Serbian handled the club through some tough times but never appeared close to Berlusconi. Their relationship would appear frosty at times and though lying sixth in the league Milan will welcome yet another new manager in Christian Brocchi. The club travel to Sampdoria this weekend and Brocchi is 13/10 to win his first game in charge.
Returning to on-pitch matters, Inter host Napoli in Saturday night’s game of the weekend. Napoli no longer look Juventus’ equal and will be looking to consolidate their second place. They dispatched Verona last weekend and are 6/4 to grab three points.
Gambling on goals in Serie A was not a fruitful tactic last weekend with seven teams keeping clean sheets and just four games totalling more than two goals. Not much catches the eye in terms of goals this weekend with Udinese vs. Chievo my only pick for a BTTS at a good price of 10/11.
Fiorentina are in poor form and are only holding their fifth spot courtesy of Milan’s comparably bad run. They are visited by seventh place Sassuolo this weekend in what is a tough game to call. A ‘Margin Of Victory’ market can be found on the Betfect site with Fiorentina 5/2 to win by a single goal and Sassuolo a hefty 5/1.
Win Double @ 1.92
Goals Treble @ 3.46
Mixed Treble @ 3.96
(Odds correct as of 15/04)