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Torino v Juventus

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2018-02-18 12:30:00 (This report was created at 2018-02-16 11:01:59)

There will never be a better moment for Torino to face their big brother from Turin. Torino are undefeated since coach Mazzarri became their chief and Juventus were up against Tottenham earlier this week.

Belotti scored for Torino at home to Udinese and their home form lately has been 100%. Coach Mazzarri has plenty of options, but count on Belotti, Niang and Iago Falque to do the attacking job.

Buffon and Khedira were the two Juventus flop when they drew 2-2 at home to Tottenham, at least according to the Gazzetta. Mandzukic and Khedira will probably sit this game out, but Dybala will be back in the Juve squad.

In form Bernadeschi will start, Higuain of course and most likely D Costa. In the midfield Betancur and Sturaro could earn starting roles.

Backing the outsider.

-Chris


Benevento v Crotone

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2018-02-18 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2018-02-16 11:03:49)

Decent effort from Benevento at Roma if you take into consideration that they played an away fixture. They lost 2-5, their eleventh away loss of the season.

They also lost their last home game, 0-2 vs Napoli, but they gave a pretty good account of themselves in that game. It is Benevento and their position in the league table says it all.

Crotone were only minutes from defeating Atalanta at the weekend and they are producing their best football of the season at the moment. Ricci, Nalini and Trotta will be their front runners, or Budimir will get his chance.

Winnable game for Benevento, they think of course, but also Crotone will feel optimistic ahead of this match.

I am behind the away win.

-Chris


Bologna v Sassuolo

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2018-02-18 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2018-02-16 11:05:40)

Troublesome week for Bologna as they have to face this game without the suspended Palacio, Masina and M’baye plus the injured Verdi. Destro will return to their fronl line joined by Orsolini and Di Francesco.

Ragusa will replace Politano in the Sassuolo attacking line.

Sassuolo have played three consecutive games without scoring and Bologna have not achieved the results they are looking for. I think Bologna are the better side in general, they can trouble the big teams, but they are only four points ahead of Sassuolo so they cannot be that much better. And now these suspensions?

Assessing the odds I just have to back the home win.

-Chris


Napoli v Spal

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2018-02-18 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2018-02-16 11:08:01)

All the Napoli players who were rested in midweek in their Europa League fixture will return for this league game. Coach Sarri is taking no chances in Serie A, rest assured of that. Only Chiriches, Ghoulam and A Milik remain out of action.

Antenucci and Kurtic will do the offensive job for Spal. Vicari is back in their defence, but they lose Mattiello to a suspension.

Home winner.

-Chris


Lille v Lyon

FBFRA Ligue 1 > Regular Season-17

2018-02-18 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2018-02-16 11:28:46)

When these sides are playing it is usually advantage Lille. This season Lille have struggled big time and you would think that Lille would not have a chance away to Lyon in November. Lille won the game 2-1 and it was the same score line when Lille won away to Lyon in January 2017.

In their last five encounters Lille are 3-1-1 and since 2000 Lille are 10-3-4. I mention all these numbers because they are a bit bizarre, are they not?

Galtier’s Lille look improved and although they were down twice at Nantes last week they picked up a valuable point (2-2). Soumoro and Kouame have returned to full training, but Benzia will sit out a suspension. Pepe replaced him last week in the second half at Nantes.

Lyon dominated but lost to Rennes last week and they have been busy playing in the Europa League this week, at home to Villarreal.

Their squad was fully fit ahead of their game vs Villarreal with Rafael available again.

Big odds on the home win and it has to be my choice.

-Chris


Atalanta v Fiorentina

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2018-02-18 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2018-02-16 11:10:10)

This week will not be the usual week for Atalanta. I mean, they faced one of the big clubs in Europe, Borussia Dortmund last night and you cannot really expect Atalanta to be on top of the game on Sunday. They will suffer in this game against a reasonably strong Fiorentina team, but will they lose it?

They say that both Papu Gomez and Caldara will be back for this league game and with those two playing Atalanta automatically raise their game.

Gil Dias, who hit the wood work against Juventus last week, will most likely start for Fiorentina instead of Thereau.

They did not really deserve losing to Juventus and I will suggest that their present form is pretty good.

X2 game.

-Chris


AC Milan v Sampdoria

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2018-02-18 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2018-02-16 11:13:28)

No Kessie for Milan and he will be missed. Cutrone will be their front man again backed up by Suso and Calhanaglu.

Milan, fielding a mixed side, were away in Bulgaria playing against Ludogorets last night and how much of an inconvenience this game in Europe will prove to be ahead of this Sunday game is an open question.

The Sampdoria play maker Ramirez is back for this match and he will support Zapata and Quagliarella in their front line.

I cannot understand how the bookmakers have figured out these odds. Sampdoria are ahead of Milan in the league table and Milan played in Europe last night.

I have to back the outsider.

-Chris


Lazio v Verona

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2018-02-19 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2018-02-16 11:15:47)

Bastos could start in the Lazio defence instead of the unlucky Wallace and Murgia will most likely replace the suspended L Leiva. Luis Alberto will return to the starting line up and he will support Immobile in their attacking line. There is room for Felipe Anderson again.

Kean and Petkovic will go forward for Verona missing Cerci and A Ferrari, among others.

Lazio were in Romania last night and they played with an alternative side. De Vrij, Marusic, Parolo and L Alberto did not even join the travelling party.

Same question. Will the Lazio players feel a negative effect on Sunday night after their trip to Bukarest?

Way too short odds on the home win, that is all I want to say.

-Chris