Serie A Tips: Juventus obstacle less daunting than Inter and Napoli's

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri will hope for a L'Epifania favour from former club Empoli
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri will hope for a L'Epifania favour from former club Empoli
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The three frontrunners for the scudetto are all in televised action as Serie A returns from Christmas holiday...

"If you opposed both teams to score in Napoli’s past 13 fixtures in all competitions, you would have been celebrating a profit on nine occasions."

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score? No in Napoli v Torino @ 1.9520/21

Juventus 1.222/9 v Verona 21.020/1; The Draw 7.413/2
Wednesday, 14:00
Live on BT Sport Europe

The Old Lady looked to have given themselves too much to do to recover for a fifth straight scudetto when starting with just 12 points from the first ten games, but they sure are enjoying the challenge of chasing. Seven successive victories have lifted them to within three points of the summit and re-established them as 2.35/4 favourites.

Though there is a danger that the time off has cooled their momentum, a home fixture against the team bottom of the division without a win all campaign represents an ideal way to rebuild it.

Verona evaded second season syndrome last term, yet have caught a nasty bout of the lesser-sighted third season affliction, which has included defeats to nil against the other three top-four sides, two of them as hosts. They also lost fairly convincingly on their three previous visits to Turin this decade as a mid-table club, so another comprehensive reverse seems inevitable.

Recommended Bet: Back Juventus to win to nil @ 1.768/11


Empoli 3.711/4 v Inter 2.285/4; The Draw 3.3512/5
Wednesday, 17:00
Live on BT Sport Europe

Inter's away form has been key to their rise from eighth in 2014/15 to being Christmas leaders, with eight road trips yielding five triumphs, but only one of those contests took them to a top-eight adversary and they were beaten by Napoli in that.

So overachieving Empoli in seventh pose a serious threat for a variety of reasons, the main one being that they are on a four-match winning streak and have collected more points than anyone besides Juventus in their seven outings since Halloween. Additionally, the coach who inflicted Inter's sole defeat outside of San Siro, Maurizio Sarri, was in charge of the Tuscan team last year.

Five of the Nerazzurri's last seven on their travels have settled on under 2.5 goals, and attempting to grind a result out is likely to be the strategy once more.

Recommended Bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ 1.758/11


Napoli 1.454/9 v Torino 9.08/1; The Draw 4.94/1
Wednesday, 19:45
Live on BT Sport Europe

Napoli's final home game before Christmas produced the first goalless draw at Stadio San Paolo of Sarri's reign, yet there had been a constant supply of clean sheets in the encounters preceding that.

Indeed, if you opposed both teams to score in the Azzurri's past 13 fixtures in all competitions, you would have been celebrating a profit on nine occasions. Torino are similarly fond of scorelines which feature at least one zero, with four of their latest five Serie A matches meeting this criteria.

The two clubs' recent head-to-head history tells the same story, with the quartet of clashes across 2013/14 and 2014/15 serving up two 1-0s and a 2-0.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score? No @ 1.9520/21


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