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Italian Serie A: Gameweek 20 Preview

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Not to brag, but it was an epic start to the year for yours truly with eight out of 10 correct Serie A picks last time out. We are exactly halfway through the season which leaves us with 19 rounds to capitalize and hopefully make a bit of money. The tips are running hot, so let’s find out what’s on the weekend’s menu!

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Saturday 18 January

Lazio 4/10
Draw 15/4
Sampdoria 13/2
(16:00)

Lazio have been absolutely brilliant with 10 wins in a row and remain unbeaten on home soil with seven wins from nine matches. However, Sampdoria will be boosted by their 5-1 drubbing of Brescia last time out and will feel they might just have a chance of ending Lazio’s excellent run. All good things must come to an end, and while I do believe the Eagles should still dominate and get the win, Sampdoria could at least find the back of the net. Get on the Both Teams to Score – Yes – market at 8/10.

Sassuolo 17/10
Draw 24/10
Torino 31/20
(19:00)

Sassuolo have been dismal in recent games with three consecutive losses, scoring twice and conceding seven times. Torino have been impressive of late with back-to-back wins and offer great value to continue that form. The Maroons are unbeaten against Sassuolo in the last eight meetings and will be looking to build on that with a win. Take Torino to come away with maximum points.

Napoli 6/10
Draw 3/1
Fiorentina 17/4
(21:45)

Napoli just don’t seem to be turning a corner. In the early stages of the season, I thought it was just a slump but this has become a season they will have to right off. The Azzurri are currently placed 11th on the log with three losses from four matches. Fiorentina ended a winless run of eight matches last time out with a hard-fought 1-0 win over SPAL. Both sides are struggling and with that being said, the Under 2.5 Goals market is tipped at 23/20.

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Sunday 19 January

AC Milan 11/20
Draw 29/10
Udinese 11/2
(13:30)

AC Milan ended a winless streak of three matches last weekend with an impressive 2-0 victory away to Cagliari. Udinese have been in top form with three wins on the trot, scoring six goals and conceding just once. Both sides will be playing with a bit of confidence and that should lead to a few goals. The Totals – Over 2.5 Goals – market is tipped at 9/10.

Bologna 9/10
Draw 51/20
Hellas Verona 31/10
(16:00)

Bologna have been terrible at home with just three wins from nine matches and are coming off a 1-0 defeat at Torino. Hellas Verona have been impressive of late with two wins on the bounce but have struggled on their travels. A cagey affair is on the cards with a lack of goals predicted. I’m leaning towards the Totals market again with Under 2.5 Goals tipped at 9/10.

Lecce 15/2
Draw 17/4
Inter Milan 3/10
(16:00)

Lecce are just a point off the relegation zone and have been dreadful in recent weeks with four straight defeats. Inter Milan were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Atalanta, relinquishing their seat at the top of the table to defending champions Juventus. However, the Nerazzurri have the best away record in the league with eight wins from nine matches and should get back to winning ways and keep the pressure on the Old Lady. Inter Milan are tipped on the Away Win to Nil – Yes – market at 12/10.

Brescia 15/10
Draw 5/2
Cagliari 33/20
(16:00)

Brescia are without a win in their last four games with three losses, including two on the bounce. Cagliari might have started the season like a house on fire but that form has since died down as they have lost their last four matches. The first half might just be touch and go with both sides struggling for form. Get on the 1st Half Totals – Under 1.5 Goals – at 5/10.

Genoa 29/10
Draw 51/20
Roma 9/10
(19:00)

Relegation-threatened Genoa have been terrible with three losses from their last four matches. Roma have been poor in recent weeks with back-to-back defeats on home soil. The hosts will be desperate to climb out of the drop zone, while they will also be eager to get back to winning ways. The last six meetings have produced 23 goals at an average of 3.8 per game with both sides finding the back of the net. The Both Teams to Score – Yes – market is tipped at 13/20.

Juventus 2/9
Draw 52/10
Parma 10/1
(21:45)

Juventus have been in top form with four consecutive wins and remain unbeaten at home with eight victories from nine games. Parma have lacked consistency but are only a point off the top six. I’m expecting them to put up a fight here but I highly doubt it will be enough to stop the Old Lady. Juve have plenty of goals in them and I’m backing them to hit the ground running from the first blow of the whistle. The defending champions are tipped to Score In Both Halves at 15/20.

Monday 20 January

Atalanta 1/5

Draw 57/10
SPAL 11/1
(21:45)

Atalanta are coming off a hard-earned 1-1 draw away to Inter Milan and return to home soil where they have won three in a row. SPAL are bottom of the table and have lost 13 of their 19 matches, scoring just 12 goals and conceding 29. The hosts have won their last two matches at home 5-0 and I wouldn’t be surprised if they come close to replicating that result here. Back Atalanta on the Half-time/Full-time win at 6/10.

TREBLE @ 6/1
Lazio vs Sampdoria BTTS 8/10
Torino Win 31/20 
Atalanta HT-FT Win 6/10

Written by Aaron Crowie