As we head into round six, AC Milan remains at the top of the standings, followed by Napoli, Sassuolo and Inter Milan. At the opposite end of the table, Crotone, Torino and Udinese are battling for scraps in the relegation zone.
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Saturday 31 October
Newly-promoted Crotone are bottom of the log with just one point from five games, scoring five goals and conceding 15 times. Atalanta have been disappointing of late, suffering back-to-back defeats but they will see this as the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways. The exotic markets are tempting, but I’d steer clear of them for this contest. Keep it simple and back Atalanta to come away with maximum points.
Inter Milan 1/4
Inter Milan are coming off an impressive 2-0 win away to Genoa and will be looking to build on that. Parma come into this contest with three defeats from five games, scoring six goals and conceding 11 times. Inter have not won at the San Siro against Parma in the last four meetings with their last victory dating back to the 2012/13 season. However, they are in good form and while I see them getting the win here, I also reckon we could see a goal-fest. That said, get on the Totals – Over 2.5 Goals – at 4/10.
Bologna have been dismal suffering four losses from five matches, including three on the spin. Cagliari have been impressive of late with two wins on the bounce and will be looking to build on that. The sides played out to a 1-1 draw in this fixture last season and while I’m leaning towards another stalemate, I would prefer to take Cagliari on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 8/10.
Sunday 1 November
AC Milan 15/20
Udinese have been terrible with four losses from five matches, scoring five goals and conceding nine times. AC Milan remain unbeaten with four wins and a draw after five games with leading Serie A goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic firing on all cylinders. Another game that looks pretty straightforward. At 15/20, AC Milan are well worth a punt, add them to your multiples.
Spezia remain winless in their last three matches but earned back-to-back draws in their last two outings away to Parma and at home against Fiorentina. Juventus have not been their usual relentless selves without Cristiano Ronaldo and his team will be hoping he makes a return sooner rather than later. Both meetings last season saw both sides find the back of the net. And while Juve remain slightly vulnerable at this point, I will suggest you follow the pattern. Get on the Both Teams to Score – Yes – market at 17/20.
Torino might be struggling in the relegation zone as they remain winless after four games with three defeats but I’m still convinced they will find their feet. Lazio come to town on the back of a 2-1 home win against Bologna. Six of the last eight meetings have produced over 2.5 goals and that looks like a very likely result once again. The Totals – Over 2.5 – Goals market is tipped at 6/10.
Roma are unbeaten in their last four matches and earned an impressive 3-3 draw away to AC Milan last weekend. Fiorentina are winless on their travels but ground out a 3-2 home win against Udinese last time out which should give them a bit of confidence coming into this contest. Roma ousted the Viola both home and away last season and will be looking to make it three from three. The home win is on the cards.
Napoli have been excellent with four wins from five games, scoring 14 goals and conceding five times. Sassuolo remain unbeaten in third place but would have been disappointed with their 3-3 home draw against second from bottom-placed Torino. The Azzurri have won the last four meetings at home against Sassuolo in all competitions, scoring nine goals and conceding just once. Back the hosts to come out on top in what is my best bet of the weekend.
Sampdoria might have made a poor start with consecutive defeats but they have since won three matches in a row, scoring eight goals and conceding just twice. Genoa are winless in their last three games with two defeats, shipping eight goals without finding the back of the net. Stick to the form guide and back La Samp to bag another three points.
Monday 2 November
Hellas Verona 17/20
Hellas Verona earned a brave and well-deserved point at Juventus last weekend and will be looking to build on that on Monday night. Benevento have been poor of late with back-to-back defeats but I’ve still been impressed by their attacking prowess. I’m expecting a bright start to this clash with the opening 45 minutes likely to produce a couple of goals. With that being said, take the 1st Half Totals – Over 1.5 Goals – at 29/20.
TREBLE @ 43/10
Roma Win 17/20
Napoli Win 11/20
Sampdoria Win 17/20
Written by Aaron Crowie