Serie A Betting Preview – 08/01/17
Serie A Betting Preview – 08/01/17
Genoa v Roma
Ivan Juric’s Genoa welcome Roma to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris looking to pick up a victory that could take them up into the top half of the table. It’s been a difficult season for I Rossoblu so far which has seen them yo-yo between the top and bottom half of the table. Juric’s men have been one of the most inconsistent sides in Serie A and it will be hugely irritating for their supporters. The Genoa faithful have witnessed their side defeat the likes of AC Milan (3-0), Juventus (3-1) & Fiorentina (1-0) already this season which shows just how capable they are of upsetting the odds. But defeats against some of the divisions strugglers has set them back and it’s stopped them really pushing on this season.
Genoa entered the winter break in poor form, losing three of their last four. One of those defeats came against 18th placed Palermo (3-4) to inflict a first home loss of the season on them – so Juric will be demanding a big response here. If they’re to climb up the table it’s imperative that they start picking up maximum points on home soil and it won’t be easy against Roma. But Genoa do have some quality in their ranks with the likes of Lucas Ocampos, Goran Pandev & Giovanni Simeone all capable match winners. Simeone is in great form, he’s netted four goals in his last three home appearances including a brace against Juventus and we can see him being their biggest threat here.
Luciano Spalletti’s Roma make the trip to the north east up in second position and they’re currently four points behind leaders Juventus. They actually faced Massimiliano Allegri’s men in their last away clash before the winter break – going down to a 1-0 defeat and they need to hit the ground running in 2017. In their final game of 2016 they took on Chievo at the Stadio Olimpico and they produced a strong performance to roll out 3-1 winners. Efforts from Stephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko & Diego Perrotti sealed the three points and a repeat here would be a big statement – considering some of the divisions big guns have been beaten there this season.
This Roma side is packed full of quality but they do have weaknesses, with the majority of them coming when they play away from home. All four of their Serie A defeats have come when they’ve been on the road and it’s an area of their game that needs resolving soon if they’re going to keep up with Juventus in the title race. They’ve won just one of their last four away games and that game against Lazio in the Rome derby – which was incidentally played at the Stadio Olimpico! This clash will be a major test of their credentials and we’re looking forward to seeing how they perform. We’re expecting plenty of entertainment at the Stadio Luigi Ferrari, both of these sides have some top attacking players so there should be lots of goalmouth action.
Match to be drawn & BTTS: (Best Priced at 5/2 at BetBright) – BET HERE
Edin Dzeko & Giovanni Simeone to score anytime: (Best Priced at 4/1 at William Hill) – BET HERE
Juventus v Bologna
Serie A leaders Juventus return to league action after the winter break looking to picking up their seventh win in eight games. The Old Lady are currently four points clear of Roma at the summit of the top flight and they’ll see this game as a big opportunity to pick up another victory. Juventus have won every game at the Juventus Stadium this season and they really are a formiddable opponent when playing in front of their own supporters. Juventus’ last game of 2016 saw them pick up their biggest win of the season so far – defeating second placed Roma 1-0. A solitary goal from club record signing Gonzalo Higuain was enough to seal the points and we’re expecting the prolific Argentine to be equally as crucial here.
This is a first league game of 2017 for Juventus and they’ll be eager to continue their magnificent home form from the previous year. The Old Lady won every single home league game of 2016 – a total which stands at twenty games. No other club in Europe can match that record and it shows just how big the task is facing Bologna. And Allegri will have a full strength side to choose from for this one as they look to kickstart the year with a bang. The strength in depth he has at his disposal is very impressive and we’re expecting him to go all guns blazing. The likes of Paulo Dybala, Miralem Pjanic, Higuain and Juan Cuadrado are all expected to feature here and we can see them running riot. A Juve win with a -2 handicap is priced at 13/8 and looks like great value when take their unbelievable home run into account.
Roberto Donadoni’s Bologna begin 2017 down in fifteenth position and they’ll have their sights set on a push up the table. They’re currently just five points away from Chievo in tenth and a spot in the top half. If they are to climb up the table then they’ll need to turn around their form very soon. They’ve won just two of their previous twelve Serie A fixtures and it’s safe to say they won’t be full of confidence when they arrive in Turin. Only four sides have picked up fewer points than Bologna’s six this season and it will take some extraordinary to add to that total here.
This is also a first league game of 2017 for the visitors and they haven’t been in action since defeating Pescara 3-0 back on December 18th. It was a dominant performance from Roberto Donadoni’s men and it brought a first away victory of the season for them. Goals from Adam Masina, Blerim Dzemali & Ladislav Krejci saw them come out victors and it was a vital boost for them going into the winter break. Bologna’s struggles at the wrong end of the table have come as a surprise to some mainly due to the quality they have in their squad. The likes of Saphir Taider, Mattia Destro and Vasilis Torosidis are all established players at this level and they’ll need to be right at the very top of their game if their side is get anything here.
Juventus -2 Handicap: (Best Priced at 13/8 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Gonzalo Higuain to score first: (Best Priced at 5/2 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
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