The race to win Serie A took an interesting twist last weekend as runaway leaders Juventus slumped to a dismal 3-1 defeat at the hands of Genoa allowing Roma and Milan back into the picture.
<p>The race to win Serie A took an interesting twist last weekend as runaway leaders Juventus slumped to a dismal 3-1 defeat at the hands of Genoa, allowing Roma and Milan back into the picture. Juventus face a really difficult game this coming weekend against the league’s form team, Atalanta, while there is another mouth-watering clash in the offing between city rivals Roma and Lazio, who are also in terrific form. The big beneficiaries could be AC Milan, who face an easy home game against struggling Crotone. Here we run through some of the big games ahead:</p><p>https://youtu.be/Oc_Qetw_W2s</p><p><strong>Juventus v Atalanta</strong></p><p>Atalanta are the real surprise package this season: they finished 13th in the 2015/16 campaign but are now fourth after 14 games this time around and are in sensational form, led by teenage sensation Franck Kessie. They have won six in a row and are unbeaten in nine, with eight wins and a draw. That run has seen them beat Roma and Napoli, the second and third favourites for the title, and now they face league leaders Juventus and will be fearless going into the game. Juve have at times look imperious this season, but keep slipping up when you least expect it, and their lead at the top of the table has been cut to just four points after the latest surprise defeat, where they never really woke up against Genoa. Atalanta are only five points behind them and will be looking to pile more pressure on them. Despite the form, Juventus are overwhelming favourites, <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4829&book=William Hill">1.44 with William Hill</a> while Atalanta are all the way out at <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4835&book=Betvictor">9.50 with Bet Victor</a> (a great price when Hills will only go to 7.00 on Atalanta). If Juventus win this it is unlikely to be by a high margin, given Atalanta’s recent form, so backing Atalanta +2 at 1.75 looks a great option here.</p><p> </p><p><strong>AC Milan v Crotone</strong></p><p>Milan have a great young side that came of age when they beat Juventus earlier this season. They are unbeaten in five, with four wins and a draw, and should be able to record a comfortable win over second from bottom Crotone, who have mustered just eight points from 14 games. Milan are third, four points behind Juventus and behind second-placed Roma on goal difference alone, and they will fancy their chances of getting three points to put more pressure on the teams around them. They are just 1.33 with Stan James, so you might look at giving Milan a handicap and the 1.71 you can get on Milan -1.25 Asian handicap with Bet Victor looks good.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Lazio v Roma</strong></p><p>Roma have enjoyed bragging rights over their city rivals in recent years and are having another strong campaign, built on attacking flair. They have scored more goals than any other team in the league and are second. But Lazio are in great form too and will fancy their chances here after a winning seven and drawing two of their last nine games. It is a bit too close to call on the outrights, but we should see goals as Roma have an average of 3.5 goals per game so far this season, while Lazio have an average of 2.92. The over 2.5 goals is 1.70 at Sportingbet. Stan James has 1.90 on both teams to score and over 2.5 goals and that looks an even better value bet.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Chievo v Genoa</strong></p><p>This is a meeting of two average, mid-table sides, with tenth placed Genoa a point above Chievo, who are 13th. It should be a tight game and the home side won both times these teams met each other last season. But Genoa are fresh from beating the mighty Juventus and confidence will be surging through the side, and that could just tip things in their favour and the 3.13 Bet Victor is offering on an away win for Genoa looks interesting.</p>