Serie A betting: Gonzalo Higuain can fire as Napoli head to Inter


Friday

Roma 1.80, the draw 3.70, Milan 4.65

Once more unto the breach for Roma, whose manager Rudi Garcia defiantly insisted in his pre-game press conference that the Scudetto has still not yet been decided. He knows that the odds are not in his favour, but is determined that his team be ready to pounce if Juventus do slip up between now and the end of the season.

But Milan have ambitions of their own. After five consecutive victories, they are back on the brink of European football. Manager Clarence Seedorf has promised that his team will head to the Stadio Olimpico intent on not just stopping the Giallorossi but beating them. This will not be a straightforward game for Roma, but they are the better team. At 1.80, I will take the home win.

 

Saturday

Bologna 3.60, the draw 3.25, Fiorentina 2.20

At long last, Giuseppe Rossi has returned to full training for Fiorentina – joining his team-mates for the first time on Wednesday after a fortnight of individual work with his coaches. Four months removed from his last competitive appearance, he will still need some time to regain match fitness. The Viola have played down the idea that he could get back on the pitch this weekend.

And so they are left with the same erratic attack that we have seen ever since he went away. Fiorentina have failed to score in three of their last five games, but found the net seven times in the other two. One suspects they will find a way through here against opponents who sit 18th in the table, but Bologna, fighting for survival, will not hold anything back. Both teams to score might be a good bet at 1.90.

 

Inter 2.25, the draw 3.40, Napoli 3.30

A homecoming, of sorts, for Rafael Benítez, who returns to face his former club at San Siro – even if neither party remembers that spell with any great fondness. The Spaniard took charge at Inter just after they had won the treble in 2010 but lasted only until Christmas. By the time he left, Inter were the Club World Cup champions – but also seventh in Serie A.

Benítez seems altogether happier at Napoli, not least because the club were willing to go out and sign the players he wanted over the summer. One of his most impressive additions, José Callejón, is likely to miss this game with a foot injury, but leading scorer Gonzalo Higuaín should return from his own recent knock. Back the Argentinian to get on the scoresheet at odds of 2.67.