Serie A: Week 3 Preview

With the international break over, Serie A returns to our screens this weekend with some intriguing clashes to look forward to. Defending champions Juventus will hope to keep their perfect start to the season going, while Napoli and Lazio also go in search of their third consecutive wins.

The action kicks-off on Saturday evening in Sicily, where Palermo host Cagliari. It’s not been a great start to the campaign for the Rosanero, who would be bottom of the table but for point deductions to other clubs. However, they will hope to bounce back at the Renzo Barbera, and are at 2.25 to grab all three points.

Milan recovered from their opening day defeat with victory at Bologna a fortnight ago, they now host Atalanta at San Siro. Giampaolo Pazzini scored a hat-trick on his first start for the club, and is at 4.00 to be first goalscorer on Saturday night with the Rossoneri at 1.45 to make it six wins in the last seven meetings against their rivals.

There are a host of interesting clashes on Sunday, most notably Juventus‘ trip to Genoa. Antonio Conte’s absence on the bench has had little impact on his team thus far, as they have coasted to two wins in two. However, the corresponding fixture last season ended in a draw, and a similar result can be found at 3.50 as Juve look toward their return to the Champions League with a trip to London to face Chelsea on Wednesday.

The aforementioned Napoli are also aiming to register their third successive win, and are strong favourites to secure maximum points at home against Parma. The San Paolo pitch came in for fierce criticism two weeks ago labelled ‘a sand-pit’ by some, but at 1.50, it might take a lot more to stop Walter Mazzarri’s men who hold real title aspirations this season.

Off the back of their sterling performance against Inter last time out, Roma have received praise from all quarters thanks to their attacking brand of football. Zdenek Zeman will hope to lead them to victory in front of the Stadio Olimpico crowd, something they failed to do on the opening night of the season, as they host Bologna. The Giallorossi  are a good bet at 1.35 to avoid making the same mistake, with an outside bet on four goals or more in the game at 2.10 worth a look.

The weekend ends with a tense encounter in Turin, as Torino look to secure their first win over Inter since February 1994. The newly promoted side have started the season well and are still unbeaten, while their opponents looked impressive in the opening day win at Pescara, before falling to defeat against Roma. With Torino yet to concede a goal, it could be a close clash with a draw at 3.20.

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