Italian Serie A

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Fiorentina v Sampdoria Betting Tips: 1, 2016-11-06

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FIORENTINA v SAMPDORIA Sunday 6th November 2016 - Kickoff: 1800hrs Football - Italy - Serie A Betting Tips Fiorentina have a four-game unbeaten run behind them this evening when they take on bottom half outfit Sampdoria at their Stadio Artemio Franchi in Firenze as the hosts look to retain their unbeaten tag on home turf. A win for the home side here could see Fiorentina move to within touching distance of the european qualification spots in Serie A, and having already beaten Chievo and most imprrsive of all, Roma, along with draws against AC Milan, Atalanta and Crotone, there’s every chance they could walk away with the points tonight. Fiorentina’s home record stands at  2-3-0  3/1 and although goals have been in short supply for the hosts, they do possess the best defensive record at home in Serie A. Fiorentina have suffered just one defeat in their last 14 at home and that was to Juventus, but they look in good shape ahead of this clash. Visitors Sampdoria currently sit in 14th place in the Italian top flight but they’ve actually lost just once in their last five matches overall. However, despite recent wins over Genoa and Inter Milan these were both at home and both results against teams in the middle of the table. A trip to Fiorentina may well present a more serious threat though, particularly when you look at Samp’s current away record which stands at a poor  1-1-4  6/12 with their one success being at third from bottom club Empoli in a narrow 1-0 win. But since then, Sampdoria have lost four of their last five on their travels, picking up just one point from the last 15 on offer having lost at Roma, Bologna, Cagliari and Juventus. Pick: Fiorentina to win @ 1.60 Betfair

Chievo v Bologna Betting Tips: 1 AH-0.25, 2016-10-26

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CHIEVO v BOLOGNA Wednesday 26th October 2016 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - Italy - Serie A Betting Tips Chievo earned a point away from home on Sunday in a 0-0 draw at third from bottom club Empoli in what would have been a slightly frustrating affair for Chievo, but they now return to their Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi to entertain Bologna as they look to bounce back from their recent defeat to AC Milan. Prior to that loss to Milan, Chievo had put together a very useful 11-match unbeaten run on home turf which is a record that extends back into last season, and if they manage to take all three points this evening, they could lift themselves up into one of the early european spots. Chievo’s home record stands at  2-1-1  6/5 and they’ve registered wins over Inter Milan and Sassuolo to date. Their last meeting with Bologna ended in a 0-0 stalemate back in May. Visitors Bologna sit in the bottom half of the Italian top flight having won, drawn and lost three matches apiece, and they face a tough assignment away at a stubborn Chievo outfit this evening as they look to lift themselves up into the top half of Serie A. The visitors have been involved in three draws from their last four matches so I recommend exercising a level of caution around this pick, but Bologna are without an away win from their last 11 matches and they possess an away record this season of  0-2-2  4/10. In addition, Bologna failed to score in five of those 11 away matches, so the advantage definitely appears to be with the hosts here, but again I advise keeping the draw on your side as much as possible. Pick: Chievo AH-0.25 @ 1.79 Bet Victor

Lazio v Cagliari Betting Tips: 1, 2016-10-26

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LAZIO v CAGLIARI Wednesday 26th October 2016 - Kickoff: 2045hrs Football - Italy - Serie A Betting Tips Lazio bring a four-match unbeaten run into Wednesday night’s encounter with Cagliari in the Italian Serie A when the two teams clash at the Stadio Olimpico as the hosts look to break into the Europa League spots. Recent wins over Empoli and Udinese along with draws against Bologna and Torino have set them up nicely for the visit of Cagliari who sit in a mid-table position. Lazio also hold a steady home record so far in the Italian top flight with a record of  2-1-1  6/2 as they seem to have recovered from their opening home defeat to Juventus back in August. In addition, Lazio have lost just twice at home in their last seven matches and they’ll be looking to grab the ascendency over Cagliari here this evening as they look to make home advantage count. Look out for striker Immobile (6 goals) as a possible anytime goalscorer for the hosts. Visitors Cagliari have suffered heavy defeats either side of a three-match winning sequence in recent weeks as they went down to a 4-0 defeat at Juventus and then suffered a heavy 5-3 loss at home to Fiorentina on Sunday. In-between, Cagliari had gathered wins over Sampdoria, Crotone and Inter Milan, while two of these wins were gained at their Stadio Sant’Elia where they’ve gone three of their five league matches to date in Serie A. However, away from home has been a different story as they’ve lost three of their opening four away trips amidst an overall record that stands at a below-par  1-0-3  4/10 with only bottom club Crotone (11 goals) conceding more goals than them on the road in the division to date. Pick: Lazio to win @ 1.53 William Hill

Sassuolo v Crotone Betting Tips: 1, 2016-10-16

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SASSUOLO v CROTONE Sunday 16th October 2016 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - Italy - Serie A Betting Tips Sassuolo were handed a 4-3 defeat just before the international break as they lost away at Inter Milan, but they have a fantastic opportunity to redeem themselves when bottom club Crotone visit their Stadio Città del Tricolore having lost all four of their away matches to date. Whilst Sassuolo themselves have also struggled on their travels this season, their home form has been much better as they’ve registered wins over Genoa and Udinese, and although they suffered a surprising defeat at home to Pescara in their opening home game of the new campaign, they have since bounced back with these recent victories. Sassuolo’s home record stands at  2-0-1 3/3 but they’ve lost just twice in their last 11 matches on home soil, and they’ll no doubt be licking their lips at the prospect of all three points here which could lift them up into a top half position in Serie A. Visitors Crotone sit rock-bottom of the Italian top flight after having managed just one point from the first 21 on offer, and that was a 1-1 draw with third from bottom outfit Palermo at home. But overall, it’s been a wretched start to their new Serie A campaign for Crotone who look set to make a swift return to Serie B. Six defeats from their first seven matches of the season places Crotone in a bleak position already even though we’re only into the first third of the Italian domestic season, and with a very poor away record of  0-0-4  2/9 under their belts to date, further punishment could be in store for them against Sassuolo here this afternoon. Pick: Sassuolo to win @ 1.53 bet365

Genoa v Empoli Betting Tips: 1, 2016-10-16

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GENOA v EMPOLI Sunday 16th October 2016 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - Italy - Serie A Betting Tips Genoa secured all three points in their last game before the international break when they defeated Bologna 1-0 away from home, and the hosts now sit in 7th place with a home match against second from bottom club Empoli to look forward to today. The venue is the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris in Genova, and the home side remain unbeaten on home soil so far this campaign with a 3-1 win over Cagliari which was followed by back-to-back stalemates with Napoli (great result) and Pescara (disappointing result). But they do have a great opportunity to register all three points here this afternoon. Genoa’s home record stands at  1-2-0  4/2 and the last encounter between themselves and Empoli ended in a 1-0 win for the hosts, and a similar scoreline could unfold here today against Empoli who have struggled on their travels so far. Onto Empoli then, and the visitors head into this afternoon’s clash on the back of three straight defeats in the Italian top flight following losses to Inter Milan, Lazio and Juventus, which have been a succession of difficult games for them, and it’s likely that further problems could be on the agenda here. Away from home, Empoli are yet to register a win on the road as they’ve fallen to defeats at Udinese and Lazio along with gaining a point at Torino, but it’s been slim pickings for the visitors at this level overall. Empoli have now gone 12 away matches without a win and indeed have lost nine of these during this bleak run of form on their travels. In addition, Empoli have failed to score on eight occasions from this last 12 match sequence. Pick: Genoa to win @ 1.83 Ladbrokes

Juventus v Udinese Betting Tips: 1 HT/FT, 2016-10-15

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JUVENTUS v UDINESE Saturday 15th October 2016 - Kickoff: 2045hrs Football - Italy - Serie A Betting Tips Italian Serie A league leaders Juventus have a great opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the division when they take on struggling Udinese at their Juventus Stadium on Saturday evening. Before the international break, Juventus had strung together three Serie A wins on the bounce with victories gained over Cagliari, Palermo and Empoli which followed a wake-up call defeat away at Inter Milan prior to this three-game sequence. But with an impressive home record of  3-0-0  9/2 and having won an amazing 19 home matches on the trot, Juve look well placed to register a further three points on home turf here, particularly with the likes of striker Higuain (6 goals from 7 matches) in fine goalscoring form again. Visitors Udinese have struggled in recent times in the Italian top flight since their 1-0 win away at AC Milan back in mid-September, as they’ve lost three of their last four overall in Serie A with defeats to Chievo, Sassuolo and Lazio. Udinese have actually managed just two away wins from their last 15 on the road, hence their lowly league position of 16th place this season, but have generally occupied the lower half of the Italian top flight for the last few seasons now. Their away record this term stands at  1-0-2 1/5 and they’ve kept just two clean sheets from their last 21 matches on their travels which is an indication of the kinds of problems they’ve had over a long period of time. I will therefore back the home side to take an early lead and all three points. Pick: Juventus HT/FT @ 1.75 Coral

Sassuolo v Udinese Betting Tips: 1 AH-0.25, 2016-09-25

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SASSUOLO v UDINESE Sunday 25th September 2016 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - Italy - Serie A Betting Tips It’s still early days in the Italian Serie A as the clubs in the top flight continue to sort themselves out, and my next pick features two clubs that I’m expecting to have differing fortunes as the season unfolds. Looking at the hosts first, and Sassuolo sit just below the mid-table position having won twice in their first five matches of the new campaign which were victories recorded against Palermo away from home and a 2-0 home win over Genoa last time out at their Stadio Città del Tricolore. Sassuolo’s start therefore seems a little sketchy at this stage, but dig a bit deeper and you’ll find that they’ve lost just twice in their last ten Serie A matches on home turf, which also includes a 1-1 draw against tonight’s visitors Udinese. But wins also registered against Hellas Verona, Inter Milan and Genoa should give them confidence this evening. Visitors Udinese have also made a mixed start to their new Serie A campaign as they too have registered two wins from their first five matches; a 2-0 home win over Empoli was followed by a 1-0 win away at AC Milan, but have since stumbled in their last two matches. Despite having home advantage at their Dacia Arena in their last two matches in the Italian top flight, they were dealt a 2-1 defeat by Chievo and then could only muster a point against Fiorentina in an entertaining 2-2 draw, so confidence won’t be high for this afternoon’s trip to Sassuolo. Away from home, Udinese have really struggled on their travels as they’ve registered just three wins on the road from their last 15 matches in Serie A, and prior to their recent win at Milan, they had gone 11 matches without a win. Pick: Sassuolo AH-0.25 @ 1.78 Bet Victor

Parma V Udinese – Pick: Draw – Sunday, 20 November 2011

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Parma V Udinese

Sunday, 20 November 2011 (Kick-Off: 14:00 GMT) Italian Serie A Despite losing a number of key players during the summer, Udinese have began the new season in sprightly fashion and currently lead the way in Serie A. The Bianconeri boast a share of the lead with Lazio, whom played on Saturday night away in Naples, after six wins and just one defeat from their first ten matches. However, much of the success they've enjoyed in the early stages is down to their superb home form – five of their six wins were earned in Udine – whereas on the road they continue to encounter problems. Francesco Guidolin's charges are a match for absolutely anyone in their own backyard, but outside of Udine they are vulnerable. Their only reverse of the term occurred away from home, in Naples in a 2-0 loss to Napoli – a notoriously difficult fixture, it must be said. Moreover, over five hours have been clocked up since their last goal on the road, with the table-toppers failing to notch in away fixtures at Cagliari (0-0), Atalanta (0-0) and, of course, in that aforementioned loss to Napoli. Remember, this is a side who boast last season and this season's leading marksmen in Italian striker Antonio Di Natale. So something is clearly up with Udinese when playing away from home. Whatever it is, none of this bodes well ahead of Sunday's trip to Romagna, where awaiting them are a Parma side a little out of sorts but whom are unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Fruili outfit. History certainly bodes well for Parma; they've won three – including both last season's encounters – and lost none of the last five Serie A meetings with Udinese, whose last victory over the Ducale club dates right back to September 2007. The form book, however, most certainly does not; A 1-0 loss in Rome to Lazio two weeks ago was their sixth of the campaign – but at home, in Romagna, is generally where we see the best of them. Although Parma's record on home soil this season still isn't great (W3 D0 L2), the statistics clearly show that they are a far better outfit at home than on their travels. Two-thirds of their league goals have come at their Ennio Tardini Stadium in Emilia-Romagna (8 of 12), while they've also conceded eight goals fewer – five, compared with thirteen on the road. Potentially a very tricky assignment this for Udinese, who could find themselves leapfrogged by as many as three teams should they come a cropper at Parma for the second occasion in three visits. For me, Parma are far too unreliable and inconsistent to be backing with 100% commitment, but it could pay to stick the draw in a multiple of some kind. Two seasons ago this very fixture ended goalless and with Udinese having fired blanks in each of their previous three away matches, two of which actually finishing 0-0, there could also be value in the correct score market. Recommended Bet: Draw @ 9/4; Totesport Value Punt: 0-0 Correct Score @ 15/2; VictorChandler

Italian Serie A – Final Day Picks – Sunday, 22 May 2011

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The top leagues all across the European continent will conclude this week, though those seeking drama and suspense probably needn't bother tuning into the final set of Serie A fixtures.

Matters at both end of the table have already been resolved without the need of any final day thrills and spills, to the displeasure of the neutrals.

Inter's stranglehold over the Scudetto (Italian Championship) came to an end thanks to arch rivals AC Milan's capture of the 2010/2011 title, doing so in emphatic fashion with several fixtures to spare as the Rossonerri clinched their 18th Italian league title.

Consolation for Inter Milan comes in the form of second, which they are guaranteed meaning they'll once again ply their trade in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Joining Inter in Europe's elite club competition will be Napoli, who at one stage were Milan's closest pursuer for the Scudetto but predictably ended up fading in the closing stages.

Bari and Brescia were relegated from the top-flight of Italian football after collecting a miserly sum of 21 and 31 points respectively. However, the fact Sampdoria will join them in Serie B next season – this a club who were competing in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League at the very beginning of the term – came as a major shock to everyone, in and outside of Italy.

So there you have it, all the important stuff done and dusted. Perhaps not quite. There is still the small matter of who acquires European football next season.

The fourth and final Champions League berth is a two-way tussle between Udinese and Lazio, with the former two-points clear in fourth and head into the final day needing only to avoid defeat at home to the newly crowned champions AC Milan.

Then there's the battle for the Europa League. AS Roma are hot favourites as they currently occupy sixth position, the last position which rewards occupants with entry into Europe's second tier competition, three-points clear of Juventus who need to beat third-placed Napoli and hope already relegated Sampdoria defeat the Romans in the Italian capital.


Juventus V Napoli – Sunday, 22 May 2011 (19:45)

Tip 1: LAY Juventus @ 1.93 Betfair

Napoli's season has effectively been over for some several weeks now, and boy have the Naples outfit played like a team lacking in motivation. A narrow 1-0 triumph over Genoa at home is their solitary league win in their last five while Sunday will also see them bid to avoid a third consecutive away reverse, having suffered back-to-back 2-1 defeats away at Palermo and Lecce.

Fortunately for Napoli manager Walter Mazzari, who is eager for his side to end a highly successful season – qualifying for next season's Champions League – on a high, his team face an inconsistent Juventus who are already looking for a new manager for next season after it was confirmed on Saturday that Luigi Del Neri would be relieved of his duties after Sunday's game following a dismal campaign which is unlikely to be salvaged by entry into the continent's second tier club competition.

Juventus require a favour in Rome from Sampdoria and victory over Napoli if they're to sneak into sixth and snatch the final berth into next season's Europa League. I'm not sure what's more plausible – relegated Samp, who have won only one of their previous eleven road encounters, beating Roma in the Italian capital or a Juventus side which has drawn its last two home games with mediocre opposition in the form of Catania and Chievo dispatching of third in the table Napoli?

The Turin giants are a club in disarray – especially amid reports suggesting Del Neri has been handed his marching orders, and you'd have to be mad to back them at anything resembling odds-on.

Napoli, meanwhile, have gone off the boil since dropping out of Scudetto contention but haven't finished third by chance. They've been excellent throughout, comprehensively beating Juventus earlier in the season 3-0 in Naples, and will want to end a fabulous campaign on a winning note.



AS Roma V Sampdoria – Sunday, 22 May 2011 (19:45)

Tip 2: 0-0 Draw (Correct Score) @ 21.00 Boylesports OR Draw @ 5.25 bWin

A constant source of frustration throughout the 2010/2011 Serie A term, Roma are a definite no-go at well odds-on to dispatch of relegated, deflated and damn right awful Sampdoria.

It has been a truly miserable campaign for the Romans, who at the beginning of the season had high hopes of challenging for the championship, a top-four finish at the very least. Instead, because of their lack of consistency, they'll consider themselves a tad fortunate just to seal a top-six finish, and with it Europa League football next season.

Three-points ahead of seventh-placed Juventus with only one match left to play, Roma only need a point from Sunday's game to guarantee European Football next season. But, after going down 2-1 in Catania last weekend and having won only one of their last four league fixtures at home, I wouldn't like to think they are worthy of their 1/3 price quote.

Having said that, they are playing Sampdoria who only last week were confirmed as the third and final team to be relegated from the top-flight of Italian football. It has come as a shock considering the Genoa outfit began the season in the Champions League, albeit in the qualifying round.

But their demise came about through their own wrongdoing, with the club's decision to depart with their two main strikers – statistics would suggest the only strikers at the club who could actually locate the nets – heavily criticised by everyone in the country, especially their supporters who had to endure the heartache of demotion to the second tier courtesy of some ridiculous decisions from the club's hierarchy.

Both Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini were sold in January, and from February onwards Sampdoria plundered a mere 10 goals in their final 16 games of the season.

Despite their apparent lack of fire-power, Samp have rarely been overawed at the back, certainly in the second part of the term, and there could be value in getting on both teams drawing a blank. After all, the home side need only a point to lock-in a sixth-place finish while the visitors will just want to get Sunday over and done with.

I'd advise very small stakes with this one.


Italian Serie A: Sampdoria V Bologna

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Sampdoria V Bologna

Kick-Off: Sunday, 13th February – 14:00 (GMT)
Competition: Serie A

A difficult term could end in disaster should Sampdoria not buck up their ideas, and fast. A shock exit from Europe, when bowing out at just the Group Stage of the Europa League, as well as the January sales of their deadly striking duo of Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini have made for a nightmare season which has every chance of being compounded should the club fail in their bid to avoid the drop. And speaking of relegation, that is exactly what their Sunday opponents, Bologna, also have on their minds and their impressive turn of form has seen their chances of evading the drop increase tenfold.

The Rossoblu have been a personal favourite of mine this season, a resilient side who have been formidable on their own patch. Away from home, though, Bologna are suspect with six of their reverses in Serie A this season having come when forced to go travelling. But their away form has improved immensely of late, losing just one of their previous five away matches in a run which includes creditable draws at Parma (0-0) and the in-form Udinese (1-1) but also a 2-0 victory over Bari, albeit against a side destined for relegation it would seem.

Last weekend's hard-fought 1-0 win at home over Catania saw Bologna rise to 12th in the table, putting a healthy seven points between them and the bottom three, which could be seen as a double-edged sword in many ways, as while relegation is now at arm's length, teams have been known to take their foot off the gas in similar situations.

A lot of their success boils down to the goalscoring exploits of Marco Di Vaio, who has found the back of the net 14 times in Serie A this season but failed to get on the scoresheet last weekend. It would be hasty and foolish to presume Bologna's main man has come off the boil, as it was only one game, but we weren't impressed with Bologna's overall performance against Catania last weekend and without two key figures in the form of Miguel Angel Britos and Francesco Della Rocca, we feel the team who have done us proud on so many occasions this season may struggle to leave Genoa with a result, as away from home they are definitely still vulnerable.

Sampdoria are in dire straights at the minute having failed to win any of their last five league games, and just one of their previous eight in a dismal sequence of results which has seen Blucerchiati plummet down the league table, where they now reside in a disconcerting 14th, just four points above the relegation zone. This being a team touted for Europe at the start of the season, possibly even a top-four finish, so to say their fall from grace has been startling would be a massive understatement.

It didn't take us long to figure out where it's all going wrong for La Samp. Goals, a serious lack of them as well, is what is costing them valuable points. Quite simply, Sampdoria haven't recovered nor managed to replace the seemingly irreplaceable duo of Cassano and Pazzini, who were a forward partnership feared by the whole of Serie A. Now manager Domenico Di Carlo, who earlier this week received the dreaded vote of confidence from the board, is left with former Middlesbrough flop Massimo Maccarone and Manchester United youngster Frederico Macheda as his stand-out striking options, with neither having opened their accounts for the club since joining during the January transfer window.

Since beating AS Roma 2-1 at home in what remains their only victory in the league during an otherwise dismal period of two months, Sampdoria haven't mustered a single goal in Serie A, going their last five games without scoring, a total of 508 minutes. It really is worrying times for a club who are aiming to avoid a fourth successive defeat on Sunday, although they won't get many better opportunities to end their barren spell than a home clash with a Bologna side who while they may be resilient, and boasting an abundance of character and fighting spirit, are vulnerable away from home and don't score too many goals in front of goal either, which is just as well as neither do Sampdoria.

Call me crazy, but I'm backing Sampdoria to come good for a change against a team who have produced many a winning bet for me this season. Although, I'm counting on it being tight, with 1-0 standing out like a sore thumb. I wouldn't be surprised if Macheda popped up with the winner as well, with the Italian arriving back home in buoyant mood after scoring a late winner for the Italy U21s against England during the week.

Betting Tip:

Sampdoria to WIN @
2.10 WilliamHill

Other Selections:

Sampdoria to WIN by 1 Goal @
3.50 Bet365
Sampdoria 1-0 (Correct Score) @ 6.75 Unibet
Frederico Macheda to Score @ 3.20 Boylesports