European football betting – Inter host Juventus, while Ozil debuts for Arsenal

Inter take on Juventus on Saturday

After the break for the World Cup qualifiers, club football returns and we have some cracking games this weekend, ahead of the start of the Champions League this week.

In Italy, we see two historic rivals clash as Inter take on Juventus at the San Siro on Saturday evening. Both teams have made good starts to the season winning both their opening games, but as is usually the case in the Derby d’Italia it is not just points at stake.

Inter endured one of their worst campaigns last season when they finished ninth in Serie A and even failed to qualify for Europe. Their rivals by contrast, won the title for a second year running and are looking to emulate the Bianconeri side from the 30s and complete a three-peat.

Last year, the Nerazzurri were the team to end the Old Lady’s 49-game unbeaten run, and now with Walter Mazzarri, formerly of Napoli, in charge they have made an encouraging start to the season. However, the team still has some way to go before it can realize Mazzarri’s vision for the year.

Juventus on the other hand, strengthened their team with the arrivals of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente and thus addressed the only area of the pitch where they were believed to have had problems.

Meetings between these two sides usually tend to be close affairs, and only one game has ended in a goalless draw since 2001. The visitors do have the better record of late, as Inter have only beaten them twice in the last 14 games.

This is a very close game to call, but a Draw no Bet on Inter at 2.40 seems too good to pass up. If you are looking for a safer bet then perhaps the Total Goals 2-3 at 1.95 is equally good value. In fact, 10 of the last 14 matches in Serie A between these two have seen that come true.

Mesut Ozil

There is also a big occasion in England, as Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s €50million signing, is expected to make his debut for the Gunners against Sunderland. The German international’s arrival was a statement of intention by Arsene Wenger.

The victory of Tottenham before the international break will have certainly helped the mood, and now with Ozil in their line-up it can be argued that the Gunners are a good outside bet to win the title this year.

They travel to Sunderland, who have made a terrible start under Di Canio, and have claimed just one point from their opening three games. The Black Cats however, are a wounded animal and it would be folly to underestimate them.

The Gunners have never exactly been comfortable against them, but an Arsenal win at 1.62 is not a bad price. Arsenal to lead at HT is paying out at 2.15, and they have done that in each of their last three games.

So there you have it, these are the tips for the weekend. We focused on two big games and there is some decent value in there.

12/09/2013 - posted by Varun - Betclic
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