Serie A Betting: Juventus to grab away win at Fiorentina

Atalanta 2.75, the draw 3.1, Lazio 2.6

Lazio, too, have been poor on their travels this season, collecting just one point away from the Stadio Olimpico. The return of Miroslav Klose from a month-long injury lay-off might just help their cause, even if the German did suggest this week that this would be his final season with the club. Either way, Lazio should have too much quality for their hosts. At 2.6, I would back the away win. 

Fiorentina 3.3, the draw 3.2, Juventus 2.2

Giuseppe Rossi returned to the international stage on Tuesday, representing Italy for the first time since tearing his knee ligaments in October 2011. It was tempting to wonder what might have been for both player and country over the past two years if he had not been struck down by injury, but Sunday presents an even more intriguing hypothetical. What might have happened if Rossi had signed for Juventus before hurting his knee in the first place? “A few years ago we had negotiations at a very advanced stage,” Rossi told Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday. “But then Villarreal got into the Champions League and would not let anyone leave.” 

Instead, Rossi will play against Juve this weekend. Might he orchestrate a first defeat of the season for the team that wished to employ him? Perhaps, but I would still counsel the away win at 2.2. Fiorentina have not yet replicated last season’s scintillating form, and might be without David Pizarro, as well as long-term absentee Mario Gómez.

Genoa 2.05, the draw 3.3, Chievo 3.6

Gian Piero Gasperini heads back to the Marassi on a mission to prove that he is more than just “re-heated soup”. Genoa’s supporters have responded enthusiastically to the manager’s return after three years away, but he knows that such affection is contingent on the team’s results continuing to improve. His team should be able to beat a struggling Chievo, who have not scored an away goal yet this season. Go with the home win. 

Livorno 2.35, the draw 3.2, Sampdoria 3.05

An unorthodox new ticketing scheme will be trialled at the Stadio Armando Picchi this week, with Livorno offering cut-price entry to anyone who is presently unemployed. Punters who can prove that they are presently without work (but actively seeking it) will be able to get into Sunday’s game for as little as €5. 

Of course, even that amount might seem like too much if the team do not win. Livorno have enjoyed a bright start to the season, but they would do well to avoid complacency against opponents who finally have Eder back at full fitness up front. The draw is a good price at 3.2. 

Sassuolo 2.45, the draw 3.2, Bologna 2.88

Sassuolo have spent the entire season so far in last place, but will have their best chance yet to change that statistic when they take on local rivals Bologna – who sit just one point ahead of them in the table. Neither team has won a game yet this season, so the obvious move might be to back another draw, but I prefer the away win at 2.88. Bologna suffered heavy defeats to Roma and Verona in their last two games before the international break, but there is talent in this side – as previous draws with Milan and Udinese indicate. 

Verona 2.45, the draw 3.2, Parma 2.85

Seven games into the new Serie A season, Verona are fifth – ahead of Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina and Udinese, to name just a few. Can they sustain such form to the end of the season? Probably not. But can they beat Parma? Certainly. Verona’s only defeats so far have been away to Juventus and Roma. I will take another home win. 

Torino 3.5, the draw 3.2, Inter 2.1

The long-awaited confirmation of Inter’s takeover finally arrived on Tuesday, Massimo Moratti selling a 70% share in the club to a consortium led by the Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir. The new owners have promised a thorough spending review, and it has been reported in some newspapers that they might consider replacing the manager Walter Mazzarri with a candidate of their own choosing.

In the short-term, though, it will be business as usual, and the best thing Mazzarri can do to strengthen his position would be to extend his team’s mostly bright start to the new campaign. Torino are dealing with a raft of absences in defence, where Cesare Bovo and Guillermo Rodriguez are both injured, and Kamil Glik suspended. Nikola Maksimovic might miss out this weekend, too. Inter have won their last seven away meetings with Torino, and I will back them to make this their eighth. 

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