Genoa - Bologna
The last three meetings between these teams have yielded a total of one goal, but there are reasons to believe this encounter could be a little more eventful. Bologna have been on a roll since appointing Roberto Donadoni as manager, taking 10 points from five games and scoring 10 times along the way - including three last week at home to Napoli.
Donadoni’s greatest early success has been to light a fire under Mattia Destro. The striker had not scored at all in his first 10 appearances after joining from Roma in the summer, but has hit the net at least once in three of the four matches he has played under his new manager.
Destro to score - 4.10
Palermo - Frosinone
There have been years when even Serie A’s biggest teams feared a trip to Palermo, but this is not one of them. The Sicilians own one of the worst home records in the league, with eight points to show for as many games, and have conceded six times in their last two matches at the Barbera. Three of those were scored by Juventus, but the other three came in a Coppa Italia defeat to third division Alessandria.
Frosinone, though, have only claimed a single away point since their promotion to the top-flight. They might not set their sights much higher than adding one more.
Draw - 3.70
Sassuolo - Torino
Only two Serie A teams can still boast an unbeaten home record. Few would have imagined before the campaign began that Sassuolo would be one of them. Eusebio Di Francesco’s side have already survived visits from Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina, so they ought not to fear even an in-form Torino.
Domenico Berardi will miss out through suspension, but Sassuolo proved that they could win during his absence with a thigh injury in the early part of this season. Bruno Peres’s ban for Torino might be more damaging.
Home win - 2.75
Udinese - Inter
Not by accident have Inter kept 10 clean sheets in 15 matches. The team’s defending has greatly improved under Roberto Mancini, but Samir Handanovic is also having a phenomenal season. According to Opta figures published by Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, he has the best save percentage (85.25) of any starting goalkeeper in Europe’s top-five leagues.
This ought not to be his busiest outing. Udinese are averaging a modest four shots on target per game at home, joint-13th in the division.
Correct score: Udinese 0-1 Inter - 3.15