Serie A Betting: Paolo Bandini's Saturday tips

Siena 2.3, the draw 3.15, Palermo 3.2

Had this fixture taken six weeks ago, it would have been a head-to-head between two managers who had each coached the other’s team in recent memory. Sadly Giuseppe Sannino, spirited away from Siena by Palermo in the summer, was fired by Maurizio Zamparini after just three Serie A games.

Serse Cosmi remains in place at Siena, though, having previously lasted all of four games in charge of Palermo in the spring of 2011. His new team sit one spot below his former charges in last place, but would be ahead were it not for the six-point deduction handed down as a consequence of the match-fixing investigations. At odds of 2.75 consider the home clean sheet. Siena have two of those already this season at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, and Palermo have failed to score five times in eight games.

Milan 1.52, the draw 3.95, Genoa 6.6

Adriano Galliani stated once again on Thursday that Massimiliano Allegri’s job was safe, insisting that “the manager is not the problem”. Many of the club’s fans would disagree after another poor performance from the Rossoneri during their midweek Champions League defeat to Malaga. The manager had sought to give his team a lift with a new 3-4-3 formation but failed to achieve the desired effect.

It will be interesting to see if he sticks with that tactic against Genoa, but either way I would take the visitors – who have a new manager in Luigi Delneri – to win at 6.6. Those odds seem far too long for a team who have, after all, picked up more points than Milan this season.