Serie A finally returns this weekend, with the calendar throwing up some highly entertaining fixtures. While there is little value to be found in Juventus’ trip to Parma or the highly unpredictable Fiorentina vs Napoli clash on Saturday, the rest of the fixtures through up some very interesting options for those seeking an edge.
Mario Balotelli To Score On Brescia Debut
The story of Mario Balotelli returning to his hometown club is certainly one of Serie A’s most interesting stories, and backing him to enjoy his Brescia debut is unquestionably a good value option this weekend.
He scored in his first outings for Manchester City, Milan, Nice and Marseille, as well as in his first start for Inter, and with Bet365 offering odds of 6/1 that he grabs the first goal on Sunday and 2/1 that he scores at anytime, is there any reason not to expect a repeat here?
Lazio over 2.5 Goals
Two of Italian football’s most entertaining sides clash at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday afternoon, Lazio making the trip north to Genoa where they will take on Sampdoria who are now led by Eusebio Di Francesco.
The former AS Roma boss is well known for his cavalier attacking style and there have been over 2.5 goals scored in Lazio’s last six Serie A games, making that a good option to consider this weekend. MarathonBet are offering tempting odds of 47/50 on over 2.5 goals in this match.
Atalanta to win both halves
Undoubtedly Serie A’s surprise package last season, Atalanta will be hoping they can build on the growth they have shown in recent years when the 2019/20 campaign gets underway. Finishing third last term was an incredible accomplishment for Gian Piero Gasperini’s men and they will be hoping to prove it was no fluke in their opening game against SPAL on Sunday.
The Ferrara-based minnows have sprung a number of shock results, but Atalanta’s attack should have too much for them this early in the calendar. As a result, it is well worth backing the away side to be winning at both half-time and full-time, an option available at odds of 15/8 with Coral.
Expect Goals When Roma Face Genoa
Another game which should see plenty of goals in Roma vs Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico, a fixture that has seen lots of action in recent seasons. Their last five meetings have produced no fewer than 17 goals, while the last three encounters in the Italian capital have seen them hit the back of the net an incredible 13 times.
Both teams have scored in each of those aforementioned encounters, and you have to go back almost five years to find the last occasion one of them kept a clean sheet when they go head-to-head. With that in mind, odds of 19/20 with SportingBet make a good value option in this first round of games.
Inter to win, Lukaku to score
Inter’s first official game of the Antonio Conte era should be fairly straightforward, newly-promoted Lecce visiting San Siro for their first top flight encounter since May 2012. They have struggled in the intervening years, falling as low as the third tier before finishing as runners up in Serie B last term.
The gulf between them and the Nerazzurri is likely to be exposed in ruthless fashion, and few would be surprised if Romelu Lukaku had fun against such a mis-matched opponent. 888Sport are offering odds of 29/10 that the big Belgian will score at anytime or 41/10 that he bags the first goal of the game, both options that are well worth considering.