Another weekend means another dose of the Continental Breakfast landing at your table, and this week we've delivered the goods again, with four belting games with all the ingrediants to be superb watches. So without further ado, we'll get on with it!
This clash has all the ingredients of a classic considering Juventus haven’t lost at home – or conceded a goal at home this term, whilst Rome visitors Lazio have come out with the three points on each of the three times they’ve boarded the team bus. Something will have to give in Turin this weekend. Juve also have work to do to knock leaders Napoli – who travel to the capital this weekend – off their perch. The Old Lady are to points behind Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens and Co, and also have a revitalised Inter Milan level on points with them and breathing down their necks. We suppose you could well say that the pressure is on Max Allegri’s troops, even at this early stage, and that’s even without losing a games in Serie A this term.
What We Sayin’?
Goalscoring threats in the form of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain and strong at the back, we’re backing Juve to have too much quality for a youthful looking Lazio side. A 2-0 home win is a decent looking 11/2.
In the capital, Napoli head to the Stadio Olimpico armed with in form players and a 100% winning Serie A record. Seven games, seven wins and the most goals scored in Italy’s top flight so far, but a trip to Roma’s home is a daunting prospect for even the best of teams, but Napoli will head there full of confidence and belief that they can continue their hot streak in front of goal. The attacking trio of Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon will cause Roma all sorts of problems. Roma came close to upsetting the odds last season, with the foals of Edin Dzeko playing a key role in what would have been a pretty unlikely triumph and once again the Bosnian is playing his part with seven goals already this term – which is exactly the same number as Napoli’s Belgian hitman Mertens. You’ve a feeling the result will be decided by the two strikers on opposite sides.
What We Sayin’?
Napoli to sneak this one. A 1-2 win for the visitors is priced at 15/2.
Over in Spain, two of the big three clash in the capital, with table-topping Barcelona heading south to tackle an Atletico side who have won both of their two home games in La Liga so far, but have scored a miserly three goals in that time – the bonus for them is that they are the only side yet to concede on home turf this term. Lionel Messi showed in midweek for Argentina that he’s still top dog in the Messi or Ronaldo? stakes, bagging a hat-trick to send his country to the World Cup this summer and the frontman has 27 goals in 34 games against Atleti, a goal record he’s only bettered against Sevilla. He’ll be hungry to be the first opponent to score in the brand spanking new Wanda Metropolitano stadium this weekend and add another little record to his illustrious CV.
What We Sayin’?
Both sides unbeaten in La Liga so far, but when you have Messi in your side you always stand a chance of nabbing all three points. It’s mainly because of him that we’re tipping Barca to get the job done and a 0-2 away win is a tasty looking 12/1.
The Milan derby is always a hostile clash and this one will be the same as the rest, even if one of the two former greats have had a tricky start to the campaign so far. The new look AC have lost three and won four of their opening seven games in Serie A so far. Strangely for such a heated derby battle there hasn’t been a red card in the last eight meetings, so we could be due one at the San Siro this weekend. Inter haven’t won in the last three clashes, with the last two results finishing up a 2-2 scoreline both times. Both Joao Mario and Andre Silva helped Portugal to the World Cup in Russia next summer with a midweek win over Switzerland and they’ll be on opposite sides on Sunday, but unfortunately for Silva, we feel he’ll be the disappointed international team-mate this time around.
What We Sayin’?
Inter have started the campaign well with six wins and a draw from their seven opening games and look to have a strong starting XI. We’re backing them to just about edge this one. A 1-0 win for the Nerazzurri would be our selection at 15/2.
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