The holidays are over and it’s time for players to get back into their competitive spirit as they head to their 19th fixture, which marks the last game of the first round. League leaders Juve host Bologna this weekend, a team that won just a single game away from home in the season so far. Roma are four points away from the Bianconeri as they travel to Bologna to tighten the gap in points, but Juve’s game in hand means that Roma cannot afford to lose a single point if they want to keep their title hopes alive. AC Milan also have a game in hand and a win over Cagliari will move them up to third place. Inter will be looking for their fourth consecutive win as they travel to Udine to face Udinese, a team that’s unbeaten in their last four. We’ll take a closer look at what information you should be analysing when placing a bet on Serie A for the weekend.
Betting on Juve
Juve have won 14 out of their 17 matches played and judging by the quality of their football, they don’t show signs of slowing down. As expected, odds for Juve to win are not the most rewarding, having been set at 2/11. Three of Juve’s last five home games finished with a difference of two or more goals, which is a clear indication that handicap betting should be a betting option worth considering, especially with odds priced at 51/100. The Bianconeri found the net 11 times in five games while Bologna scored seven, indicating that this clash might result in a high number of goals. Higuain’s form adds credibility to the assumption of goals, as he netted 10 goals this season so far. In their last five games, three of Juve’s games saw them win the first half, which is important to note when considering a bet on the Half time/Full time option. Odds for Juve to win both halves are currently at 5/8. Think Juve will win while keeping a clean sheet? Odds for only Juve to score are priced at 4/7, a bet worth adding to any accumulator.
Bet on Roma
Roma travel to Genoa for a chance to maintain pressure on Juve, a match they desperately need to win to avoid giving away the league with another half yet to be played. Genoa have only managed to win one game from their last five, while Roma’s narrow loss to Juve upset their winning streak, having won four from their last five. Roma have great odds for beating Genoa, currently priced at 4/5. Away from home, Roma are not impressive, having won two from their last five, losing to Juve and Atalanta and drawing to Empoli. Roma found the net nine times in their last five games while Genoa scored four, and odds for both teams to score are at 13/20 and 6/5 for just one team to find the net. Edin Dzeko has been monumental for Spelletti, scoring 13 of Roma’s 39 goals scored. Roma are the second highest scoring team of the Serie A, which is important to note when betting on over 2.5 goals. Odds for three goals or more are priced at 17/25. Think Roma will dominate Genoa? Handicap betting on Roma is incredibly lucrative, as odds for them to win the game with a goal difference of two or more are priced at 41/20.
Bet on AC Milan
Milan slipped down to fifth place after their recent back to back stumbles where they only managed to secure one point from a maximum of six. The Rossoneri have a game in hand and winning it will move them back up to third. They host Cagliari in their next clash and winning the encounter is paramount if they want to keep their European ambitions alive. Odds for Milan to win are not the most attractive, at 21/50, but still worth adding to your multiples bet, especially since they’re playing in front of their own fans. Milan have only managed to score 27 goals throughout the season so far, so don’t expect them to win by a huge margin. Three of their last home games were won just by a single goal, however, Cagliari’s manager Massimo Rastelli needs to find a way to effectively fix his defence, as conceding 14 goals in five games is an embarrassing statistic. Can side from Sardinia salvage a point against the seven time champions league winners?