Paolo Bandini's Serie A Betting: Palermo To Provide Inter With A Stern Test


Saturday

Empoli - Genoa

Empoli had hoped to get Levan Mch'edlidze back for this game, giving them an alternative to struggling Massimo Maccarone and Manuel Pucciarelli up front, but the Georgian was still not back at training on Thursday, leaving Marco Giampaolo to draw up plans without him or the suspended Ricky Saponara.

But whilst they look limited up front, Empoli are up against opponents who share their penchant for sloppy second-half defending. These teams have conceded a combined 16 times after the interval, making me suspect that we should see at least a couple of goals here.

Over 1.5 goals in second half - 2.38

 

Carpi - Bologna

Early in the season it may be, but an air of desperation is already building at Bologna, bottom of the table with only three points to show for their eight games so far. They invested a great deal more than Carpi in bolstering their squad after both teams were promoted last summer, and need to show that it was money well spent.

The Rossoblu have scored only four times in eight games, and will hope that this meeting with the worst defence in the division - Carpi have shipped 19 already - might finally awaken Mattia Destro, who is yet to find the net since joining for €8.5m in the summer. But I would sooner back his team-mate Anthony Mounier, the man responsible for all but one of Bologna’s goals so far.

Mounier to score - 4.10

 

Palermo - Inter

A draw against Juventus in the Derby d’Italia was not a terrible result for Inter but, after starting this season with five consecutive victories, they have now gone three games without a win and need to build some fresh momentum. The Nerazzurri did beat Milan in a friendly on Wednesday but, of the players who started, only Geoffrey Kondogbia and Jonathan Biabiany are in contention to do so this weekend.

Inter have not won away to Palermo since 2010, and to me the odds on their victory look too short. Instead consider a punt on a 1-1 draw. That result has come up 10 times in the past 27 editions of this fixture at the Barbera.

Final score: 1-1 - 7.5