Match Preview: Serie A (Week 12)

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Updated: November 6, 2013
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Juve and Napoli shall compete for the possibility of taking over the top spot in Serie A. Both clubs just came from a challenging Champions League encounter and the upcoming match is really a “survival of the fittest,” test.

 

Meanwhile, Fiorentina is eager to make it to the top 5, while Sampdoria is not wasting any chances to avoid the relegation zone.

 

 

Fiorentina vs. Sampdoria Preview

 

Match Date: 10 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi

 

Team Form

Fiorentina

Defeating AC Milan establishes Fiorentina’s reputation as one of the strongest Serie A clubs this season. Although they remained on the 6th spot, this does not diminish their possibility of making it to the top 5. They can even make it to the top 3 and portray the dark horse’s role this year.

 

Following the 2 consecutive draws against Parma and Lazio, Fiorentina made a comeback via securing victories against Chievo and Juventus. Although they lost to Napoli, the AC Milan victory became their redemption.

 

Fiorentina sports a W6-D3-L2 record and has already accumulated 21 points. They conceded an average of 2 goals in 3 of their last home matches, but it barely affected their overall performance.

 

There have been talks of Giuseppe Rossi’s injury since he was left out in the Europa League match. Later on, it was clarified that Vicenzo Montella gave him some resting time. This is in preparation for the upcoming match against Sampdoria. Meanwhile, Marko Bakic shall be missing in action during the said encounter. Bakic is expected to be sidelined for 3 weeks after incurring an ankle problem.

 

Sampdoria

Sampdoria fell to the 17th spot after suffering from a 2 consecutive defeat. The most recent one, which was against Sassuolo pushed them into the brink of the relegation zone.

 

Delio Rossi has tons of catching up to do Sampdoria is in dire need of a victory and they are pitted against a stronger club in their next match. A loss shall immediately send them into the bottom three and if they are unfortunate enough, they might be forced to exit Serie A.

 

Sampdoria are having troubles in their away matches. Out of their 14 away matches, they lost 13. Once again, they will be playing in a different territory and their current form foretells a high possibility of losing.

 

Football betting tip: Fiorentina 2-1 Sampdoria

Fiorentina will definitely own this match. A clear favorite, going for a 1.990 odds is a profitable choice.

 

 

 

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Juventus vs. Napoli Preview

 

Match Date: 10 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Stadio San Elia

 

Team Form

Juventus

Juventus’ spectacular performance in the Champions League requires a repeat in Serie A. The club put up a classic face-off as it held down Real Madrid to a draw.

 

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The intensity of their upcoming match is no different from their previous encounter. Pitted against Napoli, Juve gets the opportunity to take the lead from AS Roma. There is no better scenario than this one. Roma missed the chance of extending their lead when Torino forced them to settle for a draw. All that Juventus need is a single victory. Losing means allowing other equally aggressive clubs to steal the most coveted rank in Italy’s top-flight league.

 

Juventus have been keeping a clean sheet in their last 3 matches. Moreover, they have managed to deliver at least 2 goals when playing at home. However, they cannot rely on their home court advantage as Napoli is also recognized for major upsets when playing in foreign soil.

 

Napoli

Napoli and Juventus share the same sentiment towards their upcoming match. Like Juve, they also need to secure a victory to steal the spotlight from Roma. Like Juve, they also have Champions League duties to attend. And just like Juve, Napoli also has 28 points under their belt.

 

Technically speaking, Napoli and Juve are tied in the 2nd spot. However, Napoli gets a higher ranking due to goal difference.
Napoli has been successful in 5 of its last 6 matches. But given that they are of equal strength, there is no assurance that the upcoming encounter shall go into their favor.

 

Football betting tip: Juventus 1-2 Napoli

 

The chances of arriving at a draw are high. Both clubs have only lost once in their last 6 matches. Yet, if the previous encounters of the two shall be carefully analyzed, Juventus stand out as the clear favorite. Their last 6 matches witnessed the Biaconerri won thrice and Napoli can only arrive at a single victory.

 

With Juventus  as the heavy favorite, a profitable odd would be 2 in Juve’s favor.

 

 

 

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