Italian Serie A Matchweek 3 – Five Best Bets – Preview & Prediction
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Inter Milan to continue to struggle, Parma to score versus Juventus and other potentially rewarding picks we have chosen for you regarding the Italian Serie A this weekend…
BOLOGNA VS. INTER MILAN
(Saturday, September 1, 11:00 AM ET)
Before the Italian soccer season even started, Inter Milan were heavily tipped to be the closest rivals to reigning champions Juventus. The first two Matchweeks of Serie A, though, have not been too kind for the Nerazzurri, who lost their opening match against Sassuolo (1-0) before squandering a 2-0 first-period lead to eventually draw 2-2 with Torino last weekend. Bologna have not started their season much better (D1 L1), failing to score a single goal yet. The Rossoblu have, however, drawn three of their past five meetings in all competitions with Inter Milan (D3 L2) and could cause another upset here, playing at home.
Double chance (Bologna win/Draw) (+110)
PARMA VS. JUVENTUS
(Saturday, September 1, 1:30 PM ET)
Out of all five bets we recommended last week regarding Serie A, only one failed to deliver. And that seemed to be the surest one, involving Cristiano Ronaldo to finally score his debut goal in the Italian top flight. He didn’t and is very likely to finally end his drought here at the newly-promoted Parma. Still, at only -455, this bet has no value this time around, so concentrate more on the hosts finding the back of the net themselves. Juventus have kept a clean sheet in just two of their last eight Serie A games and on just one of their past five travels in the Italian top tier, while Parma have already banked 22 markers in their last 22 home outings versus the Old Lady.
Parma to score (+135)
FIORENTINA VS. UDINESE
(Sunday, September 2, 11:00 AM ET)
Fiorentina got a lot of bad press last season, missing a place in the Europa League qualifiers by measly three points. The team has, however, started the newest Serie A campaign with a bang. Although Viola has played only one match, the game in question was a stunner, with Fiorentina thrashing the visiting Chievo with a count of 6-1, registering 12 shots on target along the way – more than any other team in Serie A at the moment, including those with two games under their belt. Udinese have started the current competition without a defeat (W1 D1), but have already lost their last three meetings with Fiorentina, being outscored 7-1, and have not managed to beat Viola in Florence since November 2007, going with 11 straight road defeats straight after.
Fiorentina to win (-170)
SAMPDORIA VS. NAPOLI
(Sunday, September 2, 1:30 PM ET)
Genoa-based side Sampdoria, which finished the Italian top flight in the 10th place last season, started the new campaign with a 1-0 loss at Udinese. Napoli, meanwhile, have already played two Serie A games during the newest campaign and have won each of them, beating Lazio away (2-1) and AC Milan on own turf (3-2). Another victory is definitely on the cards for the Partenopei, as Napoli have gone unbeaten against Sampdoria for 14 straight games, stretching back to 2010 (W11 D3), registering five victories in their very last five encounters, scoring three goals per fixture in those contests on average.
Napoli to win (-190)
TORINO VS. SPAL
(Sunday, September 2, 1:30 PM ET)
After gaining promotion to Serie A in 2017-18 after a 49-year-long absence, losing just two of their last 13 games of the season to avoid relegation last year (W5 D6 L2), SPAL have started the newest campaign on a roll. Two straight 1-0 victories against Bologna and Parma have put the Ferrara-based side at the top of the Italian championship alongside Juventus and Napoli, with the team currently being the only one yet to concede a single goal in the league. Having said, only one other team had more draws in Serie A last year than SPAL (14), and it was Torino, which finished the previous campaign with 15 ties in total and has already registered one stalemate this season (D1 L1).