Following Champions league and Europa league commitments in the mid-week for several Italian teams, week 25 of the 2012/13 Serie A season kicks off with Italy’s top teams looking to prove they have what it takes to compete on all fronts.
This week I’m going to concentrate on the highlight of Saturday and Sunday’s matches, plus I look at what could be a thrilling game between two of the leagues smaller clubs.
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AS Roma v Juventus (KO Saturday 19:45 GMT)
Roma have had what can only be described as an inconsistent season so far, and with league leaders Juventus winning 13 of their last 16 away matches this will be a very tough test for the Roman hosts.
The match could prove to be a high scoring affair for the visitors too with Roma conceding at least three goals in each of their last three league games, and Juventus having scored at least three goals against Roma in each of their last three meetings.
I would say it is highly possible that the Italian champions will comfortably beat the home side by at least a two goal margin.
Bet: Juventus to win – 6/5 Betfred
Torino v Atalanta (KO Sunday 14:00 GMT)
In the last six meeting between these two teams, they have proved to be evenly matched with each winning three games. In most of those six games the scores have only been separated by a single goal, and there have been plenty of goals over the years in this fixture.
In nine of the last eleven meetings Torino and Atalanta have seen over 2.5 goals scored per game, though with the away team recently struggling to hit winning form, and the fact that when these two teams met earlier in the season the score was 5-1 to Torino I am expecting the home side to take all three points.
Bet: Torino to win – 11/10 Betfred
Fiorentina v Inter (KO Sunday 19:45 GMT)
When Inter last met Fiorentina earlier in the season the Florence side was the most in-form team in the league, and both were challenging for the top spots in the table.
In this reverse fixture however, things have changed and Fiorentina have lost four of their last six matches, though as it stands the home side are still undefeated in 15 of their last 16 home matches.
Inter have had some bad performances lately losing five of their last six away matches, but with their recent switch in tactics and the inclusion of the talented Mateo Kovacic their fortunes appear to be turning around, especially when you consider that they have not lost to Fiorentina in their last 15 meetings.
With Inter’s top scorer Diego Milito now out injured for the rest of the season, I’m not expecting a high scoring game and would not be surprised to see the sides come away from this game with a share of the points.
Bet: Fiorentina to score first goal – 8/11 Betfred
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