In this post betting tips and previews of Serie A matches scheduled on Wednesday 29 October: Atalanta-Lazio, Milan-Chievo, Napoli-Palermo, Roma-Udinese and
ATALANTA - LAZIO
- Rafael Toloi will serve a one-game suspension, so Guglielmo Stendardo should return to the starting XI.
- Alejandro Gomez is expected to feature after sitting out against Juventus.
- Stefano Pioli has a number of key players returning, which means he will have more options across the pitch
- Danilo Cataldi is likely to start after serving a suspension.
Atalanta have won three of their last five games, only dropping points to Fiorentina and Juventus, which they were expected to do.
Lazio have gone one better by securing four wins from five of late, with the latest victory over Torino helping to keep pace with those at the top.
The visitors seems to have finally got over their failure to navigate the Champions League playoff, and after struggling in the opening weeks, are now are their best. Atalanta are in good form as well, so they could trouble the Biancocelesti in their quest for three points.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.75 Matchbook)
DRAW (3.25 Matchbook)
MILAN - CHIEVO
- Sinisa Mihajlovic has explained he is using a 4-3-3 formation due to a lack of strikers, as three are currently injured.
- Last time out, the Milan boss fielded 16-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma to defend Milan's goal and he is likely to keep his place, despite the availability of Diego Lopez.
- As was the same last time out, Perparim Hetemaj is a doubt, with Ivan Radovanovic his natural replacement should the former fail to recover in time.
- The rest of the XI is likely to be Rolando Maran's preferred, with no changes expected.
Milan managed to beat Sassuolo at home at the weekend, but they struggled to do so despite playing against 10 men for over an hour, and only obtained victory with a late goal from a set piece.
Chievo have only picked up two points from their last four games. This has been acceptable after a very good start to the season, but now they need to improve to find some consistency.
Fielding Donnarumma in the last game may have been part of an internal battle at Milan, with Mihajlovic wanting to state his leadership. Result aside, things at Milan seem to be mostly out of control and their project is not advancing as expected as a result.
MILAN DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5 (1.78, Sporting Bet)
NAPOLI - PALERMO
- Dries Mertens and José Callejon are in competition to start in the attacking trio, with the Spanish player likely to rest.
- That is, unless Lorenzo Insigne is kept out as a precaution after suffering a minor injury in the last game.
- Giuseppe Iachini is likely to field the same team that got a point against Inter, but some players may need rest.
- Mato Jajalo and Roberto Vitiello could benefit from some rotation to get playing time.
Napoli have collected 16 points from a possible 18 in their last 6 games, which makes them clear favourites here. Napoli currently have as good a chance as any to win the league and they could go top with a win here and other results go their way.
After beating Bologna on the road, Palermo stopped Inter at home and the Rosanero have clearly improved their playing style with some changes in midfield.
The visitors will be seeking one point at the San Paolo, both given the technical difference and Napoli's moment. To do so, they will probably try to have superiority in midfield, with 5 men trying to block Napoli's build-up.
HOME WIN HANDICAP (-1.0) (1.85, PaddyPower)
OVER 2.5 (1.65, PaddyPower)
ROMA - UDINESE
- Antonio Rudiger and Leandro Castan are battling for a starting spot in defence, and Rudi Garcia has not chosen a permantent solution for the role yet.
- Mohamed Salah and Daniele De Rossi are both suspended, which means Iago Falque and William Vainqueur should start.
- Antonio Di Natale may get some rest leaving only Cyril Thereau up front.
- Since Duvan Zapata is unavailable, this will require a formation change from a 3-5-2 to a 3-5-1-1.
Four consecutive victories put Roma top of the table and their Champions League results suggest they could be concentrating on the domestic competition as a result of Juventus' bad start.
Udinese have climbed away from the bottom of the table having taken 8 points from their last 4 games, which is a fairly good run for them as well.
This tough match is made even more dangerous for the home side by the fact it comes wedged between a clustered schedule. They are also coming up against a side full of confidence, looking to take advantage of any fatigue.
HOME WIN (1.38 PaddyPower)
OVER 2.5 (1.70, PaddyPower)
SASSUOLO - JUVENTUS
- Andrea Consigli is suspended after getting sent off in San Siro, which means Gianluca Pegolo will play in goal.
- Antonio Floro Flores is favourite to start in the attacking trio, with four team mates battling for the same spot likely to sit on the bench.
- Paulo Dybala had his best game in a Juventus shirt in the last round of fixtures, which makes him favourite to start here.
- Massimiliano Allegri needs to choose between fielding Simone Padoin as right-back, like he did on Sunday, or switching to a 3-5-2 to cope with the absence of proper full-backs.
Sassuolo lost against Milan on Sunday, but they put up a good fight, especially given that they played most of the game with 10 men and only lost to a late goal.
Juventus are climbing back from the lower half of the table, and their last game against Atalanta suggest they are close to finding their best form.
The hosts have been playing good football so far and they will have a chance of causing an upset against the reigning Serie A champions. With points already in the bag, there will be little pressure on them, but they will still need to play at their best to avoid losing here as Juve must be determined to overcome all obstacles to get back in the title race.
AWAY WIN (1.80, 5Dimes)
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