Juventus v Milan, 7.45pm
Ought Milan to be the favourites this weekend? Sure, they sit 17 points behind Juventus in the standings, but they have won two out of three matches against these opponents already this season (even if the Supercoppa was decided on penalties).
OK, so that’s probably not a sufficient sample size to draw sweeping conclusions, and the Bianconeri have won their last 30 consecutive league games at J-Stadium. But they will be missing the pace of Juan Cuadrado this weekend, as well as Giorgio Chiellini at the back. Meanwhile, Carlos Bacca is back in scoring form for Milan, who have taken 13 points from their last five games, including a creditable draw away to Lazio. Sooner or later, someone is going to break Juve’s home winning streak.
Draw no bet: away win – 7.00
Genoa v Sampdoria, 7.45pm
The table would tell you that this is a meaningless fixture. Genoa are 15th, and yet also 14 points clear of the relegation zone. Sampdoria are even further ahead, comfortably settled in midtable.
But the Derby della Lanterna always means more, as you could witness from the banner hung this week outside the Blucerchiati’s training ground, demanding “grit, humility and no pity”. The lack of pressure on either team should allow both to play with the attacking mindset that their fans would prefer.
Over 2.5 goals – 1.85