Roma have the opportunity to put pressure on Serie A leaders Juventus, with the champions not in action until the end of the weekend. With most teams having played 18 matches, Serie A is approaching the halfway stage of the season and Juventus are currently on track to collect yet another league title.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men have established a four-point lead at the top of the table, but they have been unable to move further clear of the chasing pack, with the likes of Roma, Napoli and even Lazio still holding out hope of being able to catch Juve. Roma lost to Juventus recently but they are still on the shoulder of the league leaders, while their match at Genoa is a chance to reduce Juve’s advantage to a single point, at least temporarily. But where are the best value bets to be found in this weekend’s Serie A schedule?
Genoa v Roma
After a very impressive start to the Serie A season, Genoa have faded away in recent weeks and they are now in the bottom half of the table after losing three of their last four league matches. Roma will therefore fancy their chances of picking up all three points to put pressure on Juventus, who have a game in hand at the top of the league, as well as their four-point advantage. Luciano Spalletti has had a galvanising impact on the club since his appointment and Edin Dzeko is one of the most lethal strikers in Italy, if not in the whole of Europe, having blasted 13 goals in the league already this season.
Roma are in good form too, with Juventus and Atalanta the only teams to have beaten them in the last three months, although they have only won one of their last four matches on the road. They have an excellent head-to-head record against Genoa too, winning five of the last six meetings between the sides, triumphing on three of their last four visits to the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, so recent history is certainly in their favour.
Odds of 10/11 with 10bet on a Roma victory look to be very generous, although Genoa’s record has been strong at home this season. Their last match in front of their own fans finished in a shock defeat to Palermo, which was their first loss at home all season, ending a 10-match unbeaten run, but the fact they conceded four goals to one of the worst teams in the league has to be a strong concern for Genoa’s fans.
Udinese v Inter
The early game on Sunday in Serie A sees Udinese welcome Inter to the Dacia Arena, with both teams having enjoyed a strong run of form over the course of the last few weeks. Inter have won four games in a row in the league as they continue their resurgence under new coach Stefano Pioli, with their run lifting the Nerazzurri up to seventh in the Serie A table. They can now dream once more of qualifying for the Champions League and momentum is with Inter at a time when some of the sides above them in the league are starting to slip up.
For Udinese, a season that looked like being another relegation battle has turned out much more positively, with 10 points from four matches seeing them climb into the top half of the table. This looks likely to be a close match, but Inter have beaten Udinese three games in a row, so the head-to-head record suggests a price of evens on Pioli’s men with 10bet might be generous.
The last four meetings between the sides have all seen over 2.5 goals scored too, so that could well be a good selection for this one at odds of 5/6.
Chievo v Atalanta
Atalanta are the surprise package of the Serie A season, with fine form over the first half of the campaign meaning they start the new year in sixth place in the table. Indeed, they are just three points behind third-placed Napoli and if they can maintain their momentum they have an excellent chance of enjoying continental football at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia next season. Standing in their way this weekend are Chievo, who have overturned the odds several times in recent years, with the bookmakers unable to choose between the sides for Sunday’s game.
AC Milan and Juventus are the only teams to have beaten Chievo at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi this season, with Atalanta having taken just one point from their last two away matches, which were coincidentally against AC Milan and Juventus.
Atalanta will view the trip to Chievo as a chance to get three points on the board and keep up the pressure on the teams around them, with Alejandro Gomez again set to be a key man for his side, with four assists already recorded by the playmaker. But a close game is expected, with none of the last six games between Chievo and Atalanta seeing over 2.5 goals scored. Under 2.5 goals is therefore recommended at 20/33 with 10bet.
Juventus v Bologna
The last game of the Serie A weekend sees the champions in action, with Bologna the visitors to Turin on Sunday evening. Juve’s lead may be a single point from Roma by the time they kick off, so the pressure will be on Allegri’s side to make sure they do not drop any points. As always, Juventus are very strong favourites, with 1/6 the price offered by 10bet, which is understandable as they are virtually unstoppable at home. They have won 25 straight league games in front of their own supporters, with their last defeat at home coming in 2015. A 3-0 win at Pescara last time out broke a 14-match wait for an away victory for Bologna, but they still have one of the worst records in the league on the road.
The most recent victory for Bologna at Juventus was back in 2011, so the head-to-head record offers them little hope of getting a result. But three of Juve’s four successive wins in this fixture have been by a single goal, so a tight encounter might just be on the cards here.
Juventus to win by a single goal is very tempting at 5/2 with 10bet for this game, with Juventus to win 1-0 standing out on the correct scores betting odds at a price of 25/4 as well. Gonzalo Higuain has hit 10 league goals for Juve since his big-money move from Napoli last summer and he is available at 2/1 to grab the opening goal of the game for his side.