European Football Tips: No leaks in Juventus backline

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Michael Lintorn fancies clean sheets for Juventus and Malaga and a smooth Napoli triumph on Thursday...

"Juventus haven’t conceded in four away days since Genoa’s contentious 90th-minute winner against them in late October."
Recommended Bet: Back Juventus to keep a clean sheet @ 2.111/10

Cagliari v Juventus
Thursday, 18:00
Live on BT Sport 1

Match Odds: Cagliari 9.89/1, Juventus 1.422/5, The Draw 5.04/1

Zdenek Zeman sides are always ultra-attacking, so it isn't a huge surprise that, despite being in the relegation zone, only six Serie A teams have outscored Cagliari: Juventus, Napoli and Rome and Milan's prize pairs. However, the Isolani are losing their edge, firing three successive league blanks and netting just twice in their previous four home fixtures.

Their quiet period has coincided with Juventus getting back in their clean-sheet keeping groove, with the Old Lady shutting out five of their latest seven opponents and being breached once in both of the exceptions. They haven't conceded in four away days since Genoa's contentious 90th-minute winner against them in late October.

Recommended Bet: Back Juventus to keep a clean sheet @ 2.111/10


Napoli v Parma
Thursday, 20:00
Live on BT Sport 1

Match Odds: Napoli 1.341/3, Parma 11.521/2, The Draw 5.95/1

It is part of Napoli's DNA to throw in frequent fumbles against strugglers - they have won three in five against top-eight clubs this season compared to just three in ten against the rest of the division - but Parma have been so wretched in 2014/15 that even the Azzurri should be wobble-proof.

Roberto Donadoni's men, so superb in finishing sixth and doing the double over Napoli last term, have lost a shocking 12 of their first 15 games, including all seven against top-half teams. They tend to surrender in the first half, trailing in over half of their matches, whereas Napoli led at the break in four of their last five as hosts.

Recommended Bet: Back Napoli to lead at half time and full time @ 1.9520/21


Malaga v Deportivo
Thursday, 21:00
Live on Sky Sports 5

Match Odds: Malaga 1.564/7, Deportivo 7.413/2, The Draw 4.216/5

They no longer have Manuel Pellegrini or the kind of big budget that can attract Martin Demichelis, Santi Cazorla and Ruud van Nistelrooy, but Malaga are partying like its 2011/12, threatening to challenge for a Champions League place by winning seven of their past nine La Liga contests.

The Andalusians have shut out five of their eight visitors to La Rosaleda, with the defence working so well that heroic World Cup goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has been glued to the bench, with this Copa del Rey tie expected to mark only his second appearance. Deportivo have notched a mere four times in seven road trips since promotion and were beaten 0-1 at home by Malaga in La Liga.

Recommended Bet: Back Malaga to keep a clean sheet @ 1.9210/11

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