There’s no chance to rest in between matches for Serie A players and the upcoming mid-week action adds stress to both managers and the players. There were no real surprises in last weekend’s results, although Juve got off on the wrong foot yet again, as they were trailing to Udinese in the first eight minutes. The Bianconeri quickly turned the game around, finding the net six times with an unexpected hattrick from Sami Khedira. The clash of the week between Napoli and Inter ended in a goalless draw while Lazio wrapped up their fourth consecutive win. AC Milan are without a win in four games and are struggling to find their form and are now sinking lower down the Serie A table. We’ll look at the biggest mid-week clashes and the best bets available to increase your chances of making a profit when betting on Serie A.
Bet on Napoli
It was a frustrating night for Maurizio Sarri as it was the first match from nine were Napoli were unable to find the net. The upsetting result meant that Napoli only picked up a point from the encounter and their lengthy winning streak ended abruptly. Napoli were bound to drop some points from this challenging period but their next trip to Genoa should see them collecting all the points without too much trouble.
Napoli are priced at 1.36 to record another victory, however, this exact fixture has finished goalless in both games of the last two seasons, but with already 26 goals to their tally, we believe this time will be different. Napoli boast of an incredible away record, having won eight consecutive Serie A away fixtures and have scored in each of their last 20 Serie A away matches. Napoli, along with Inter, are the least conceding teams of Serie A with five goals and odds for one team (or none) to find the net stand at 1.91.
Marek Hamšík (114) is one goal short of equalling Diego Maradona (115) as Napoli's all-time leading goalscorer in all competitions and odds for the Slovakian to get this iconic goal are priced at 2.48. Genoa are winless in all four Serie A home matches this season and odds for them to get something out of this game (double chance betting) are priced at 3.25.
Bet on Juve
Napoli’s draw to Inter was the perfect result for the Bianconeri as a single point narrowed the gap between them and league leader Napoli down to three points. Juventus have scored in each of their last 38 Serie A matches and goals are highly expected against the newly promoted club. Odds for one team to score are set at 1.41, which make sense since SPAL have only found the net seven time this season.
Odds for Juve to win are too low to consider at 1.10 but handicap betting will have better odds if you want to back the champions. To make a healthy profit, you’ll need to back Juve to win with a goal difference of three or more goals, as odds are set at 2.02 for this bet.
Paulo Dybala has made it a habit of getting his name on the scoresheet, finding the net 10 times from nine matches played and his odds for finding the net against SPAL are set at 1.67 and 3.65 to get the first goal of the game.
Bet on Inter
Inter’s transformation over the summer market is already proving to be fruitful as they’re sitting in second place with the points away from Napoli. Inter (W7-D2-L0) could remain unbeaten in their opening 10 fixtures of a Serie A campaign for the first time since 2007/08 (W7-D3-L0) under Roberto Mancini, when they went on to win the title. Inter's current tally of 23 points after nine matches is 12 more than they had at this stage of last season under manager Frank de Boer.
Inter face Sampdoria next, a team that only lost one clash this season, proving that this can be a troublesome match for Spalletti. Odds for the home side to emerge victorious stand at 1.45. Sampdoria have scored just a goal less than Inter this season (16), which makes both teams to score a sensible bet to place. Odds for this bet are priced at 1.68 and over 2.5 goals has similar odds of 1.54.
Mauro Icardi (9) is Inter's leading Serie A scorer this season, including six goals in four home appearances. Odds for the Argentinian forward to get his name on the score sheet are set at 1.74. Fabio Quagliarella has scored in all three Serie A appearances against Inter during his second spell at Sampdoria and has odds of 3.50 to do it again at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.