Susy Campanale’s Serie A column: Plenty to bet on despite uncertainty

Inter and Lazio club crests

It’s another guessing game as to which fixtures will actually go ahead on Sunday after four were called off in the midweek round, but it looks as if Cagliari-Bologna, Torino-Fiorentina, Udinese-Atalanta and Verona-Salernitana will be postponed. There’s still plenty to enjoy, including two very big games and potential upsets.

Leaders Inter up against Lazio

Leaders Inter are well-rested after their game with Bologna was abandoned and Simone Inzaghi is up against his old club Lazio, now under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri. It’d be one-way traffic regardless, but the absence of injured Francesco Acerbi further weakens the Biancocelesti, who are fresh off a 3-3 draw with Empoli. Goals are to be expected, even going so far as to risk Over 3.5 Goals.

Mourinho vs Allegri as Roma host Juventus

There should also be entertainment at the Stadio Olimpico when Roma host Juventus. Gianluca Mancini and Rick Karsdorp are suspended, the latter a particularly big loss considering he’s only missed one Serie A game this season and that was the 3-0 defeat to Inter. These are two fairly negative-minded coaches who prefer to defend and counter, so do run the risk of cancelling each other out. On the other hand, Juve are now so far behind the top four, they really need to start taking the initiative here, especially against a depleted defence. It may well be another home setback for the Giallorossi and their third consecutive Serie A defeat against the Old Lady.

Depleted Napoli face Sampdoria

Napoli put in a strong performance for their 1-1 draw in Turin, but have no real squad rotation options amid injuries, COVID and Africa Cup of Nations duty. Sampdoria are also the kind of side who could cause them real problems, although having Antonio Candreva out suspended will be a major blow. Manolo Gabbiadini has scored in his last six Serie A games and would be an intriguing bet to make it seven against one of his former clubs.

Genoa seek first win under Shevchenko

If Genoa are ever going to get their first win under new coach Andriy Shevchenko, it should be in the Liguria Derby against Spezia. Both teams are sliding towards relegation, but of the two, Spezia are less impressive and their only successes have been fluky. Mattia Destro upfront and Genoa have a real chance of victory here.

Empoli for the upset

Empoli are a fascinating team, although they play considerably better against big clubs and away from home. With Gianluca Scamacca and Davide Frattesi still out of action, Sassuolo are weakened and could capitulate here. Both teams to score looks reliable, but an Empoli win is by no means an outlandish suggestion.

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