Serie A tips of the week: Rome derby opens for Inter-Juve

Lazio and Roma club crests

Football Italia’s Susy Campanale takes you through the best Serie A bets of the week…

For more than 20 years, Susy Campanale has been at the forefront of Italian football coverage for Football Italia. With a unique level of experience and expertise covering Serie A, Susy casts an expert eye across the latest round of action, exclusively with Eurotips.

It’s a fantastic fixture list this weekend in Serie A, although it starts earlier than usual with the Derby della Capitale on Friday evening. It’s fortunate we’re all in lockdown, because who’d want to go out and miss that? People with social lives, presumably.

Anyway, let’s enjoy the football on offer and see arch rivals face off in traditionally the most fiery of the local derbies, then build up to the Scudetto showdown Inter vs. Juventus, known as the Derby d’Italia. Just as the Nerazzurri are deflating, that’s when the Bianconeri are gathering momentum and both were pushed to 120 minutes in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, trust Atalanta to keep churning out the goals, while Crotone vs. Benevento and Torino vs. Spezia should also entertain.

Don’t forget to check out the Serie A Week 18 accumulator below!

How did I do last week?

Roma vs. Inter: Over 3.5 goals at 7/5 ✓

Milan vs. Torino: Draw at 9/5 ×

Benevento vs. Atalanta: Over 3.5 goals at 8/13 ✓

Serie A Week 17 accumulator at 10.45/1 ×

Capital concerns

Lazio vs. Roma – Friday January 15, Stadio Olimpico, Kick-off: 7.45pm

Watch live on Premier Sports/Streaming

The Derby della Capitale is one of the toughest fixtures to predict, because so often the team not on form ends up coming out on top. So much is about the mood of the sides and how situations develop. Lazio have won two on the bounce, yet Roma have been playing better lately and should on paper be favourites. Ultimately, at this stage of the season, the derby is not so much about winning as avoiding defeat, so I can see a stalemate with both teams on target, probably 1-1 or 2-2.

Best bet for Lazio vs. Roma: Draw at 5/2 with Bet Victor

Derby d’Italia delight

Inter vs. Juventus – Sunday January 17, Stadio Meazza, Kick-off: 7.45pm

Watch live on Premier Sports/Streaming

Inter and Juventus seem to have forgotten how to defend lately, although statistically they still have some of the best performing back lines, largely because goals have exploded in Serie A this season. The Bianconeri significantly raise their game for the big occasions and the Nerazzurri are fading in recent weeks, so I wouldn’t be against tipping a Juve victory. To be on the safe side, I think Over 3.5 Goals is pretty reliable.

Best bet for Inter vs. Juventus: Over 3.5 Goals at 8/5 on Bet Victor

Reliable Atalanta                                

Atalanta vs. Genoa – Sunday January 17, Gewiss Stadium, Kick-off: 5.00pm

Watch live on Premier Sports/Streaming      

Don’t get off the Atalanta Overs train yet, they are up against Davide Ballardini’s Genoa, who are fresh from forcing Juventus to extra time in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday with a 3-2 thriller. The Grifone are very dangerous on the counter, La Dea are fired up for their usual January turbo boost and this will be entertaining.

Best bet for Atalanta vs. Genoa: Over 3.5 goals at 21/20 with 888Sport

Serie A Week 18 accumulator

Both teams to score in Crotone vs. Benevento

Over 2.5 Goals in Inter vs. Juventus

Atalanta to win and Both Teams to Score in Atalanta vs. Genoa

Over 2.5 Goals in Torino vs. Spezia

Combined odds: 10.46/1 at William Hill

Related matches