How To Bet Serie A Week 17

Gabe Morency

Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:21 AM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 4:21 AM UTC

The Serie A season is approaching the halfway point and Juventus are predictably top but Roma is managing to hang in there and make a fight of the title race. Last week they beat third-placed.
<p>The Serie A season is approaching the halfway point and Juventus are predictably top, but Roma is managing to hang in there and make a fight of the title race. Last week they beat third-placed AC Milan to remain just four points behind Juventus, who comfortably beat Torino. Now they are set to face one another for the first time this season, in what will be the most important match of the season so far. Meanwhile, Milan will look to get back to winning ways at home to Atalanta, while Napoli and Lazio will seek to reinforce their top three credentials.</p><p></p><p><strong>Juventus v Roma </strong>Juventus have home advantage for the first big meeting between the two title favourites. Juventus are as short as 1/6 to win the league, with Roma out at 7/1, and that emphasizes Juve’s dominance in Italy in recent years. They sold Paul Pogba for a world record fee in the summer, but strengthened by spending the bulk of it on the deadliest striker Serie A has seen for many a year, Gonzalo Higuain, and also brought in Roma’s Miralem Pjanic. With Napoli struggling, Roma is the side most likely to keep pace with Juventus this season, and they can make a big statement with a result here. It is tempting to back the home win at attractive odds – you can get <a href=";book=William Hill">1.80 on the Roma win with William Hill</a>,, Stan James, <a href=";book=Paddypower">and Paddy Power</a> – but Juventus have suffered a few poor results this season. They lost to Milan, Inter, and Genoa, and Roma will feel like they have a real chance here, especially after that excellent win over Milan last week. Juventus haven’t drawn all season and that run has to come to an end sooner or later. A draw would suit both teams, preserving Juventus’ lead and ensuring Roma stay in the hunt, and the 3.40 Sportingbet has on the draw looks good. Another interesting bet is the <a href=";book=Bet365">1.75 Bet365</a> has on both teams to score. Roma kept a clean sheet against Milan, but they have been few and far between this season, while they are devastating going forwards, so you would expect to see goals in this game.</p><p> </p><p><strong>AC Milan v Atalanta </strong>Atalanta marched up the table on the back of Serie A’s most impressive winning streak but was sent crashing back to Earth by Juventus, who beat them 3-1. That seems to have hit their confidence and they slumped to a second successive 3-1 defeat last weekend, this time against a team in the bottom half of the table, Udinese. Milan will be disappointed to have lost to Roma last weekend but will see this as an opportunity to make up ground, with Roma and Juventus playing one another, and this is a resolute group of players that seems to shrug off a defeat by quickly returning to winning ways. They have won four of their last six and benefit from home advantage here, so the 2.00 Betfred is offering on them beating an out of sorts Atalanta looks great.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Sassuolo v Inter </strong>Inter are enjoying a revival under new manager Stefano Piolo and have climbed up to ninth in the table, having won three of their past four. They face a Sassuolo side on a two-game losing streak and badly struggling to recapture the magic of last season, and can win this, so the <a href=";book=Betvictor">2.10 available at Bet Victor</a> and Sky Bet looks good.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Lazio v Fiorentina </strong>Fiorentina comes into this match having won three in a row, but Lazio will provide stern opposition. Lazio did lose to Roma on week 15, but they have won four of their last six and drawn with Napoli, to leave them fifth in the table, five points above Fiorentina. They are defending well and Felipe Anderson is in sensational form, so they can take three points here, and Stan James has 2.05 on that.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Genoa v Palermo </strong>Genoa has failed to win their last two but host bottom club Palermo, who have lost five of their last six, and will see this as a fantastic opportunity to get back to winning ways against a team that seems destined for relegation. The 1.60 at William Hill looks good for any accumulators.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Udinese v Crotone </strong>You might consider an Udinese-Genoa double as Udinese are 1.66 with William Hill to beat another team in the relegation zone, Crotone. Crotone scraped to a 2-1 win over Pescara last weekend to leapfrog them into 18th place, but Palermo, Pescara, and Crotone are all looking doomed. Udinese is in fine form, having beaten high-flying Atalanta 3-1, following a 1-0 win over Bologna. They can make it three in a row here.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Napoli v Torino </strong>You might even think about a Napoli-Udinese-Genoa treble as Napoli are getting back to their best and again William Hill has a market leading 1.57 price on them winning here. Napoli thrashed Cagliari 5-0 at the weekend, their third win in a row, and they are back up to fourth on the table. Torino is sliding down the table after consecutive defeats, and given recent form, you would expect Napoli to rub salt in the wounds this weekend.</p>
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