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Top Games to Bet on in Serie A on Match Day Six (2021)
After a packed double game week for Serie A, there are bound to be some tired players this weekend. There are also some fascinating fixtures in store, as old foes come together and top-flight new boys continue their adventures.
At the time of writing, the midweek fixtures have not quite been completed, but there have been some interesting results and performances that have kept the theory alive that this season could be one of the most open in recent years.
There may be some familiar names at the top of the table but they are all battling every inch for any point they can pick up.
That intense level of competition is sure to carry on this weekend – and I’ve taken a look at three games that look very interesting from a betting perspective.
Inter vs. Atalanta
Inter may have gone back to the top of Serie A with its win against Fiorentina on Tuesday but even Simone Inzaghi would have to admit that it is going to be a tougher task to win the scudetto this season.
La Viola took the lead in that game but could not keep up the pace in the second half – especially after Gonzalez was sent off. But Inter was by far the second best in that first 45 minutes.
The parity that seems to be in evidence this season in Serie A is making every game more interesting – and also affecting the odds for even the champions at home.
In previous seasons, Juventus would have been odds on to win the vast majority of its games at the Allianz Stadium. Now the big boys of the Italian top flight are not given such an easy ride.
Atalanta has been the poster child of smaller clubs punching above their weight over the past few seasons. Gian Piero Gasperini has developed an attacking ethos that results in a lot of goals and has made the Bergamo club a Champions League regular.
Not everything has clicked into place yet this season, but the potential Atalanta has to beat any of the top sides makes this game one to keep an eye on when it comes to betting choices.
Lazio vs. Roma
The big game of the weekend in Serie A is undoubtedly the Derby della Capitale – the Roman derby between Lazio and Roma.
These types of fixtures always attract a lot of attention, and the presence of a certain Jose Mourinho has only upped the stakes when it comes to taking the bragging rights in the Eternal City.
Both clubs play their midweek fixture after this article was written, but the start to the campaign has been mixed for the Biancocelesti and the Giallorossi.
Mourinho’s arrival at Roma was questioned by some after his disappointing stints at both Manchester United and Spurs in the EPL.
But three wins out of three won just about everyone at the club over and it looked as though the Special One had received a new lease of life as the center of attention in a league he clearly enjoys.
The defeat to Hellas Verona was a setback, but now pundits are talking seriously about Roma challenging for a Champions League spot this season.
After losing to Milan in the San Siro, Maurizio Sarri’s side was grateful that a late goal salvaged a draw against struggling Cagliari at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend.
It is a cliché, but the formbook does go out of the window for derbies like this though – and that’s what makes this fixture so enticing.
Venezia vs. Torino
My final Serie A game to consider this weekend is not one involving the bigger clubs in the league but a fixture that really could go either way in my opinion.
Torino has struggled for years in the shadow of city rivals Juventus. But the Granata has also had a lot of trouble just staying in the top tier recently, with battles against relegation an annual problem.
Davide Nicola did wonders to keep the club up last season but new head coach Ivan Juric is taking some time to settle.
Results have been better in recent weeks – although the midweek game against Lazio was always going to be a tough one – but there is still a fragility about Torino and a reliance on the goals of Andrea Belotti.
On Monday, it travels to one of the most picturesque settings for a stadium in Italy, the waterside Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo. Venezia has found life understandably difficult back in Serie A and lost its only game at home so far to Spezia in stoppage time.
But the delights of the cramped home ground of Venezia may be a factor in the club’s potential to stay up this season.
With entry to the ground only possible by boat there will be a few sets of players that lose their concentration before kick off there this season. Venezia will not expect to finish very high up the Serie A table but safety is not out of its reach and that makes the club an interesting proposition at home.
Betting on Serie A This Weekend
I am really enjoying the new Serie A season and part of that is because Juventus has not immediately come back to take over as some had predicted after last year’s disappointment and the return of Maxi Allegri as head coach.
That has made every game important and interesting and hopefully that will continue for as long as possible this season.
The Derby della Capitale on Sunday will attract the most attention but there are plenty of other big games across the three days of the game week.
Look out for my round up of all the big stories coming out of the fixtures at the beginning of next week.
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