Paolo Bandini's Serie A Betting: Roma To Concede At Inter, But Still Win


Juventus - Torino

There are no certainties left for Juventus. A year ago, the Bianconeri scored 72 goals en route to their fourth consecutive league title. This season, they have managed nine in 10 games. Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Sassuolo was already the third occasion on which they have failed to find the net at all.

In seasons gone by, they might at least have felt confident that an appointment with local rivals Torino would help them get back on track. But even that assurance has been denied to them after the Granata beat them in April, ending a run of 20 years without a victory in the Derby della Mole.

This will be the first time since 1993 that Torino go into a derby looking down on their neighbours in the standings. They have lost form lately - failing to win any of their last four games and conceding nine times along the way, but I doubt Giampiero Ventura’s team go down here without a fight.

Both teams to score - 2.07


Inter - Roma

A match of contrasting styles at San Siro. Roma are Serie A’s most prolific team, scoring 25 times already, but only once have they avoided conceding themselves. Inter boast the best defensive record in the division, with six clean sheets already, but up front they are averaging just one goal per game.

The visitors might feel frustrated at having to face a title rival at this moment, allowing them little room for squad rotation ahead of Wednesday’s must-win Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen. But they have risen to the occasion against Juventus and Fiorentina already this season, and with Felipe Melo suspended for Inter, I think Roma’s in-form forwards will find enough space to exploit.

Away win and both teams to score - 4.75


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