Serie A Previews: Napoli and Parma to both get amongst the goals

Parma boss Roberto Donadoni

Dave Farrar previews the weekend's Serie A action and advises a trio of bets in the following games...

"With “Both Teams to Score” available at 1.9420/21, and with Napoli having conceded in their previous home game against Fiorentina, and looking more than likely to score themselves, that has to be the bet for me."

Back Both Teams to Score @ 1.9520/21

Pescara v Sampdoria

This was a Serie B fixture last season, and a bare reading of the stats would tell you that Pescara finished 16 points above Samp in the final reckoning. Ciro Ferrara has started brilliantly at Samp though, and but for their one point deduction they'd be joint top of the table after two games. Samp have beaten Milan and Siena, while Pescara have struggled to defeats against Inter and Torino. I've been impressed with Sampdoria, who look solid and well organised, while offering enough danger through Maxi Lopez to suggest that they can win games.

Christian Terlizzi is out injured for the home team, and Samp shouldn't be too inconvenienced by having to change their goalkeeper because of injury. I think that we'll be watching relegation strugglers play a top eight team here, and that means that Sampdoria have to be value at the prices. I'm happy to be with them at 2.6213/8.

Recommendation: Back Sampdoria to beat Pescara @ 2.6213/8

Napoli v Parma

Many of the headlines surrounding Napoli's turbo charged start to the season have focused on the condition of the pitch at the San Paolo. For whatever reason (and there are many being suggested) it has resembled the set of Mad Max and has been an embarrassment to Aurelio De Laurentiis. Reports suggest that the playing surface will be in much better condition for the visit of Parma on Sunday, and that should lead to a watchable game, if not a classic.

Parma have performed well in Naples in recent years, and won at the San Paolo last season, which means that their coach Roberto Donadoni, so unceremoniously sacked by Napoli, will be confident of getting something out of the game.

Parma are trading at 7.26/1 to get an unlikely victory, but with Napoli looking strong at the moment that might be a little too much of a shot in the dark. I thought that Parma played well in their defeat against Juventus, though, and were professional against Chievo. They have a goal threat in their side in the shape of two unproven strikers Belfodil and Pabon, the possibly returning Amauri, and a series of positive midfield players, and I think that they're likely to score against Napoli. With "Both Teams to Score" available at 1.9420/21, and with Napoli having conceded in their previous home game against Fiorentina, and looking more than likely to score themselves, that has to be the bet for me.

Recommendation: Back Both Teams to Score @ 1.9520/21

Fiorentina v Catania

Roberto Donadoni isn't the only coach taking on his old team this weekend: the man regarded by many as the best young tactician in the League, Vincenzo Montella, takes on the club at which he forged his reputation. Both of these teams campaigns have been characterised so far by the ability to create chances, and I think that will lead to a positive and entertaining game in Florence.

Fiorentina should have scored at least twice in Naples last week, and will look to play the same way here, with their slick midfield passing game creating chances for Stefan Jovetic. Catania were involved in a fantastic game last week, when they beat Genoa 3-2, and with their two Serie A matches so far this season producing a total of nine goals, they look a team to follow in terms of goals, with over 3.5 trading here at 3.39/4 . This fixture produced four goals last season as the teams drew 2-2, and I think that we could be set for something similar here.

Recommendation: Back Over 3.5 Goals @ 3.39/4

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