Serie A Predictions and Best Bets – November 6-8, 2020
It looks like being another intriguing weekend in Italy, with some huge games and a number of clubs coming off some very interesting European games in midweek.
Lazio vs. Juventus on Sunday is the obvious standout fixture, but there have been some surprising results already this season – and some of the bigger names have not had it all their own way in the opening weeks.
Here is a quick look at every game in the seventh round of fixtures in Serie A – plus some of the best bets to look out for this weekend.
Sassuolo to Beat Udinese
There is usually at least one surprise team near the top of the table at this time of the season – and this year it is definitely Sassuolo. The Neroverdi has averaged three goals a game and is still unbeaten. The win away at Napoli last week showed that its position is no fluke.
Udinese, on the other hand, has started the season poorly with just one win to its name so far. Luca Gotti’s side has had to face much stiffer opposition than Sassuolo, but it looks like being another tough season in Udine.
Cagliari and Sampdoria to Draw
This fixture is between two clubs that look like they will probably finish the season in much the same mid-table positions that they find themselves in now. Both have started the campaign brightly, without ever really looking like they could challenge the upper reaches.
There could well be goals on Saturday though. Cagliari, in particular, enjoys scoring nearly as much as they concede – so this could be one for the neutrals to look out for.
Benevento to Beat Spezia
Two of the promoted clubs meet up on Saturday and neither will be particularly worried about the way it has started the season. Spezia is playing its first ever Serie A games and has not looked completely out of place yet.
But Benevento has slightly more experience than its opponents this weekend and could target Spezia’s leaky defense to win the three points. The home side is no defensive powerhouse though, so there could be goals for both sides.
Parma and Sampdoria to Draw
Reports in Italy suggest that Fiorentina boss Giuseppe Iachini could be sacked, no matter what the result on Saturday, as the Viola takes on Parma. The Florence club has endured a patchy start to the season and Cesare Prandelli is poised to come back to the scene of his success of 10 years ago.
As for this weekend’s game, both Parma and Fiorentina have struggled for consistency and that suggests that neither will be able to gain the upper hand at Il Tardini.
Juventus to Beat Lazio
Juventus is one of just three unbeaten sides in Serie A and continued its good form with another comprehensive victory away from home in the Champions League in the week. New players have settled in nicely and everything is looking rosy in Turin at the moment.
That is not the case at Lazio, however. After the success of last season, the Biancocelesti is suffering on and off the pitch. COVID has hit the squad hard and there have been some big defeats in the opening weeks. Juventus should be able to continue its unbeaten run on Sunday.
Roma to Beat Genoa
Genoa kicked off the new season on a high, beating Serie A new boys Crotone convincingly 4-1. But results have not been anywhere near as good since then and it does look as though the Griffone will more than likely be involved in another relegation battle this season.
Roma has loftier ambitions and has already matched itself fairly evenly with a number of the sides that will be expected to challenge for European qualification this season. A big win against Cluj in the Europa League in the week will give the players even more confidence ahead of this fixture.
Atalanta and Inter to Draw
Both these teams endured defeats in the Champions League in the week, so it will be interesting to see how they come back on Sunday. Inter can feel happier with its result, as a 3-2 loss to Real Madrid is nothing to be embarrassed about – but the result does leave the Milan club bottom of its group.
Atalanta was steamrolled by a rampant Liverpool and needs to get back to the exciting, attacking play that manager Gian Piero Gasperini has instilled in the squad over the past few years. This should be an evenly balanced contest though – and a draw seems the more likely outcome.
Torino to Beat Crotone
This fixture would seem like another perfect opportunity for Torino to kick start its season into life and pick up another three points. The midweek win over fellow strugglers Genoa was its first of the campaign and manager Marco Giampaolo will be expecting more of the same on Sunday.
That’s because Crotone is finding life in the Italian top flight very hard indeed. The Calabrian side is bottom of the league and is yet to win a single game so far. The 1-1 draw with Juventus a few weeks back was as welcome as it was surprising, but things are already looking bleak.
Napoli to Beat Bologna
Gennaro Gattuso will be looking for a big improvement from his Napoli side on Sunday, after the lackluster performance against Rijeka in the week. The game was won in the second half but the Serie A looked second best for the first 45 minutes and almost allowed its opponents to build an insurmountable lead.
But the comeback may have lightened the mood in the Napoli locker room at the end of the game and now Gattuso needs to rouse his players for what will be a tough game in Bologna. There have been some good results for Napoli in the league so far, but more consistency is needed if a Champions League spot is to be won.
Milan to beat Hellas Verona
It is a surprising sight to see Milan at the top of the table after six games, but the fixture list has largely been kind to the Rossoneri. That showed in midweek when Lille was able to come away from the San Siro with a 3-0 victory in the Europa League. That was Milan’s worst ever home result in European competition and the defeat was thoroughly deserved.
Hellas Verona might be tempted to think that it will be able to repeat that trick on Sunday but I have a feeling that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be in the mood for losing twice in a week. He didn’t look happy when he was substituted during the second half against Lille and could be out to prove to everyone that he still has what it takes.
My Top Serie A Picks for November 6-8, 2020
- Sassuolo to beat Udinese +106
- Torino to beat Crotone +107
- Parma and Fiorentina to draw +240
Taking up the odds at BetOnline for Sassuolo and Torino to beat much weaker opposition at home seems like a no-brainer this weekend. I would have expected both to be odds on favorite to take the points and neither club should have too much trouble winning their respective fixtures.
Parma and Fiorentina are so evenly balanced that the draw bet price also seems very good value for their match up. Iachini may fire his players up for what could be his final game in charge but I don’t think the Viola will be able to overrun Parma away from home.