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It’s looking very congested at the summit of the table, with only goal difference separating the top two sides – Fiorentina and Inter Milan. Roma are only a point off the log leaders while Napoli are two points off the top in fourth place. Both teams had a chance to move into first place on the log but failed to do so, with Roma losing 1-0 at Inter Milan and Napoli being held to a goalless draw away to Genoa. Elsewhere, Verona remain winless after their dour draw at cellar-dwellers Carpi, while Juventus claimed the bragging rights in the Turin Derby with a 2-1 victory.
SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER
Hellas Verona 23/20
Just what is happening in the Hellas Verona camp? They remain winless this season after 11 matches and have scored just eight goals. Bologna are up next, and they certainly haven’t been at their best either. They have lost eight of their 11 games and won the other three. Two of those victories have come in their last three matches. Bologna’s away form has been the pits, losing four of their five away games, and only scoring a measly four goals while conceding 10. However, they did manage a 2-1 away victory over new boys Carpi in their last match on the road. Rossoblu are coming off a 3-0 win on home soil against Atalanta and should have the confidence to produce another win here. However, for safe measure, back the away team on the Double Chance at 13/20.
AC Milan 13/20
AC Milan’s impressive form continued last Sunday with a 3-1 victory away to Lazio, stretching their winning run to three consecutive games. Rossoneri started the season slowly but have certainly come into their own in recent weeks. They have won their last two home games and have the chance to make it three on the trot. Atalanta have travelled dismally, losing their last three matches on the road, scoring no goals and conceding eight times. AC Milan are priced up at 13/20 which seems quite generous, judging by the form of both teams. The home win is one for the multiples.
SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER
Inter Milan 16/10
Torino are unbeaten on their turf with three wins and two draws from five matches. However, they are now winless in their last five away games after falling to a 2-1 defeat at city rivals Juventus. Inter Milan have been just as impressive on the road as Torino have been on their own patch – undefeated with three wins and two draws. They come to town on a high, having managed back-to-back victories which included a 1-0 home win over Roma last time out. Inter have lost just once against Torino in the last 22 meetings and are tipped to come away with maximum points here.
Empoli extended their unbeaten run to three matches on Monday night, with a 1-0 win away to Palermo. They have won their last two home games without conceding a goal and will be looking to make it three in a row. Defending champions Juventus have travelled poorly with three losses from five matches, and have only scored four goals away from home. The Old Lady are coming off a 2-1 win at home against city-rivals Turin and will be looking to earn their first consecutive victories of the season this weekend. However, Empoli have done well on their ground in recent matches and are tipped to edge the win. Back Both Teams To Score and Empoli to win at a mammoth 9/1.
Newcomers Frosinone have won their last three matches at home, scoring six goals and conceding just once. They are coming off the back of a 4-1 dismantling away to Fiorentina and will be looking to return to winning ways against Genoa. Their opponents are winless away from home, scoring four goals and conceding 10 times. However, they were impressive in their last away game, drawing 3-3 at Torino and will look to improve on that performance with a victory here. It should be a free flowing game so take Both Teams To Score at 8/10.
Palermo have been dreadful in recent weeks with six losses from their last eight matches. Their miseries were compounded with a 1-0 loss to Empoli on Monday night. Chievo haven’t been much better as their winless run continued with a 1-1 draw at home against Sampdoria. They have now lost four matches this season, which include two consecutive away defeats. Chievo are 13th on the log, just two points above Palermo in 16th place. The sides are tipped to cancel each other out.
This week’s blockbuster sees the City of Rome come to a standstill as Roma play host to Lazio. Both teams are coming off defeats, with 10-man Roma falling to a 1-0 defeat at Inter Milan and Lazio dropping points at home for the first time this season, going down 3-1 against AC Milan. Prior to Roma’s defeat, they had won five matches on the spin. They are unbeaten at home with four wins and one draw from five games, scoring 15 times – the joint highest amount of goals in the league alongside Sampdoria. Lazio have lost two matches on the bounce after the Milan defeat. They have a terrible away record, losing four of their five games while scoring a measly four goals and conceding 13 times. Form may go out the window in derby games such as these but quality doesn’t. Back Roma to claim the bragging rights.
Sassuolo are unbeaten at home with three wins and two draws from five matches. Bottom-of-the-log Carpi are next to test just how strong Sassuolo are at home. The newly promoted team are winless on their travels, losing four of their five matches, scoring six goals and conceding 17 times. Carpi have scored just twice in their last four games and will need to be at their best if they are to come away with anything. Sassuolo are tipped to get another home win under their belt.
Napoli missed a chance to join Fiorentina and Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A standings after being held to a goalless draw at Genoa on Sunday afternoon. Genoa’s goalkeeper Mattia Perin was the hero after keeping out eight of Napoli's goal-bound attempts to deny the visitors a sixth straight Serie A win. Napoli return to their ground where they have been brilliant with four wins from five games – only drawing once in their opening home match against Sampdoria. Udinese will look to knock Napoli off their high horse, but their current form leaves no evidence of that possibility. They have won just once in their last five matches and that doesn’t look like improving here. Napoli are priced up short at 1/4, rather take them to win with Both Teams To Score at 17/10.
The final match of the weekend sees European hopefuls Sampdoria and Fiorentina lock horns. Sampdoria currently occupy ninth position on the log, mainly due to a lack of consistency. However, their home form has been phenomenal as they remain unbeaten with four wins and two draws from six games. Log leaders Fiorentina come to town in fine form with back-to-back victories, after thrashing newcomers Frosinone 4-1 at home last time out. The Viola have looked far more lethal than their opponents in recent weeks and are tipped to edge the win.
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