Serie A Round 18 Preview: Inter Host Napoli In Clash Of The Round

Serie A Round 18 Preview: Inter Host Napoli In Clash Of The Round

Meanwhile, Juventus travel to Atalanta and Roma look to get back on track against Sassuolo

There are no prizes for guessing the key match in round 18 of Italy’s Serie A, as Inter Milan look to show they can compete with the best when they host Napoli on 26 December. On the same day, defending champions and current table toppers Juventus are away to Atalanta, while a struggling AS Roma welcome Sassuolo to the capital.

First things first

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Where should I be investing my money?

First up, that clash between Atalanta and Juventus. The hosts have struggled for consistency this term and currently sit ninth in the table, although they could jump as high as fifth with a win here, depending on how other results go – no one yet has managed to defeat the Old Lady, however.

Juventus are cruising at the top of the table, eight points clear of Napoli and looking unbeatable. They are yet to lose a game in Serie A and have dropped just two points all season – talk of them remaining undefeated throughout the campaign has already begun in earnest.

It is therefore of no surprise to see that Juventus are the overwhelming favourites to win this one. You can back the champions to take all three points at just 1.80 while Atalanta, despite home advantage, are out at 4.75 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.50, according to Oddsshark.

And we are expecting the league leaders to continue their winning streak. A comfortable, 2-0 win for Juventus comes in at 8.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$40 pay out, while you could triple your money by backing a combo bet of an away win and a “No” to both teams scoring, which comes in at 3.00.

Roma in need of a win

On the same day, AS Roma desperately need to pick up three points when they host Sassuolo. The club from the capital are languishing in 10th place and are without a win in their last seven games across all competitions, losing their last three.

Sassuolo currently are above Roma in the table and could actually jump up to fourth with victory on the road, although again it will depend on the outcome of other matches. Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last five games across all competitions.

Nevertheless, it is Roma who come into this match as the clear favourites to get back to winning ways. You can back the home side to pick up the points at just 1.61, while Sassuolo are out at 5.25 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.20.

And we are expecting the Romans to edge a close encounter. A 2-1 win for AS Roma is also priced at 8.00, while you could again triple your money by backing a combo bet, of a home win and both teams to score, which is priced at 3.10.

Inter face Napoli test

And finally, Inter face a real test of their credentials when they welcome Napoli to the San Siro. Inter may sit third in the table but they have won just one of their last six matches across all competitions and are a massive 16 points off the top of the table.

Napoli, in stark contrast, have won their last four league matches in a row, but remain eight points behind Juventus. Three points is therefore imperative for Carlo Ancelotti’s side as they look to keep the title chase alive.

And while the betting is close, it is Napoli who come in as the very slight favourites to win this key clash. You can more than double your money by backing the visitors to snatch the points at 2.62, while Inter come in slightly higher at 2.75 – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.30

And we are expecting Napoli to keep their winning streak going. A narrow, 1-0 win for the away side is priced at 8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a USS$42.50 pay out, while you could double your money by backing a “No” to both teams scoring, which is priced at 2.00.

Serie A round 18 fixtures:

Wednesday, 26 December

(5.50) Frosinone x AC Milan (1.66); draw (3.75)

(4.75) Atalanta x Juventus (1.80); draw (3.50)

(5.00) Bologna x Lazio (1.72); draw (3.80)

(2.30) Cagliari x Genoa (3.30); draw (3.20)

(1.57) Fiorentina x Parma (6.50); draw (3.80)

(1.75) Sampdoria x Chievo (4.75); draw (3.75)

(1.61) Roma x Sassuolo (5.25); draw (4.20)

(2.50) Spal x Udinese (3.10); draw (3.10)

(1.70) Torino x Empoli (5.00); draw (3.80)

(2.75) Inter Milan x Napoli (2.62); draw (3.30)

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