The Italian Serie A has two derbies on its menu this weekend – Atalanta vs. Juventus and Napoli vs. Inter Milan. Both draw massive attention from the fans, which is the biggest reason for BetXChange to make a preview of those two spectacles.
Atalanta vs. Juventus
Things haven’t been that easy for these two sides, especially for Juve, who is 12 points behind Inter. It is almost certain that the Old Lady won’t defend its title, but what is a bigger problem is that Pirlo’s side could end up without the Champions League spot as well.
At the moment, they are just three points clear of Napoli (59) at the fifth position. In between is Atalanta (61), one step behind the Turin team (62), making this event much interesting.
La Dea is in solid shape registering only one defat in Serie A over the previous eight games. Meanwhile, they would win in all other contests, scoring at least twice in each one, proving that their attack is the best in Italy by far. Just one game during that span didn’t end with over 2.5 scores.
On the other side, we have the wounded Old Lady, who can’t pull itself together, underachieving since the start of the season. Instead of shifting into a higher gear at this stage of the campaign, Juve wasted points against waker opponents. For instance, they would recently lose at home to Benevento, 0-1, and after that play 2-2 in Derby Della Mole against Torino.
We are more than certain that the Champions League’s shocking elimination against Porto severely hurt this unit’s morale.
About the efficiency of their games, four of the last five saw over 2.5 goals and both teams scoring, with Juve allowing at least a goal in each.
Our pick here would be over 2.5 goals and both teams to score because of these two respective teams’ recent results. The odds on this suggestion are solid, 0.87.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals and BTTS 0.87 at BetXChange
Napoli vs. Inter
With 8 rounds to go, the situation became critical for Napoli, who wants to reach the UCL spot. We’ve already written about their current position, so you know where they stand at the moment. On the other side, Inter wants to solve the title race as soon as possible and avoid reaching some tight finish. Twelve points are enough, but still, the sooner they lift the trophy, the better.
The hosts have seven wins, one loss, and a draw apiece in the past nine games. Throughout that stretch, Napoli played four contests at home, winning all of them, and scoring at least twice in each. Their attack is working perfectly as always.
On the other side, Inter won the past 11 Serie A games, which is why they ended up atop the league. In those victories, Nerazzurri kept their net intact on seven occasions. Antonio Conte managed to put all the pieces of the puzzle together, getting one very tough team, that rarely concedes, while on the other side, scores due to Lukalu’s and Martinez’s individual quality.
Inter won’t be aggressive and open in Naples but will wait for its chance to strike from the counter-attack. On the other side, Napoli needs to be direct right from the kick-off, and that is what Conte counts on. Our pick for this match would be a moderate efficiency 2 or 3 goals, with the profits here doubling your stake.
Pick: 2 or 3 goals 1.00 at BetXChange.