Eight Unbeaten Teams Left in Serie A
Just three weeks into the season, there are no remaining perfect teams in Serie A. Instead, there are eight unbeaten teams and six teams tied at the top of the table with seven points. The fact that there is no dominant team in Serie A gives neutral fans hope for another title race like last season’s thriller. Serie A could very well be the most competitive top-five European league again this season, which makes it an intriguing choice for betting. Let’s run through the Serie A Matchday 4 odds and take a look at the midweek matchups.
Sassuolo vs AC Milan:
Sassuolo and AC Milan seem to be allergic to beating each other at home. The road team has won the last five meetings and it’s AC Milan’s turn to head to Sassuolo on Tuesday. The defending Serie A champions are -180 favorites and are coming off of their first shutout win of the season.
Olivier Giroud and Rafael Leao were both on the scoresheet in the 2-0 win vs Bologna on Saturday. Giroud’s goal was especially acrobatic and he opened up his account for the season. Plus, the Last time Milan faced Sassuolo, Giroud scored a double. Three or more goals have been scored in each of the last five meetings. So, it’s no surprise that the Serie A Matchday 4 odds price over 2½ goals at -190 odds.
Both teams are relatively healthy but Sassuolo does have one key injury, midfielder Hamed Traore. Gianluca Scamacca, who recently left for West Ham, was key for Sassuolo last season. Andrea Pinamonti, his replacement, scored his first goal for the club in Sassuolo’s 2-2 draw with Spezia last weekend.
Sampdoria vs Lazio:
Matias Vecino started for Lazio on Friday vs his old club Inter Milan and helped the Biancocelesti get a 3-1 win. It was a confidence-boosting win for Lazio, who were so often inconsistent last season. They have the opportunity to win consecutive matches for the first time this season on Wednesday at Sampdoria.
Relegation candidates Sampdoria lost 4-0 to Salernitana on Sunday and a response is to be expected on Wednesday. It’s never easy to win on the road in Serie A so Lazio is priced at just -120 odds. Lazio does have one of the best Serie A players, in Ciro Immobile, as he looks to defend his golden boot crown.
La Samp is winless this season and are +300 underdogs coming into this match. Sampdoria lost their last three matches vs Lazio and scored just one goal during that time. Sampdoria is the only Serie A side not to score this season but both teams to score are still listed at -135 odds. Note that Sampdoria held Juventus to a scoreless draw at home last Monday.
Juventus vs Spezia:
Juventus may have felt it was harsh that their second goal got called back vs Roma on Saturday. VAR ensured that Juve drew 1-1 with Roma at the Allianz Stadium. Now winless in their last two matches, Juventus host Spezia on Wednesday. Spezia has done just fine to start the season, with a win, a draw, and a loss. Still, they come in as +1100 underdogs according to the Serie A betting odds.
A bunch of Juve players has knocks coming into Wednesday, which makes Massimiliano Allegri’s first XI uncertain. Midfielder Adrien Rabiot and defender Leonardo Bonucci are questionable for Wednesday’s match. The good news for Bianconeri fans is that they’re undefeated in four previous meetings vs Spezia.
Last season, Juve beat Spezia 1-0 at home and 3-2 on the road. They come into this match as 1½-goal favorites. Juventus are also -400 favorites to win, but this is the third year in a row they’ve started slower than hoped.
Napoli vs Lecce:
Napoli was the last remaining perfect team in Serie A until they drew with Fiorentina on Sunday. Fiorentina frustrated the Partenopei, who had previously scored nine goals in their first two matches. Against Lecce on Wednesday, Napoli is -400 favorites to get back into the win column.
Perhaps more impressive than Napoli’s nine goals through three matches is how they’ve defended without Kalidou Koulibaly. Their former rock at the back left for Chelsea in the Summer but their performance hasn’t dropped yet. Min-Jae Kim has looked like a good signing so far as he deputizes at the back.
Lecce became the first newly promoted team to pick up a point as they drew with Empoli 1-1 on Sunday. Despite being +900 underdogs, no team has beaten Lecce by more than a goal yet. Lecce have already played some difficult teams, in Sassuolo and Inter, so it’s impressive they’ve remained competitive. Napoli, who are 1½-goal favorites, are looking to become the first team to blow Lecce out this season.
Atalanta vs Torino:
Atalanta has flipped the script so far this season and defended excellently. La Dea has conceded just one goal through three matches and is still unbeaten. They’ll take on overachievers, Torino, on Thursday. Currently, Torino is ahead of their Turin rivals Juventus despite former center back Gleison Bremer making the switch to Juve this Summer.
Along with Sassuolo vs Milan, this should be one of the most intriguing matches of the weekend. Unlike the Milan match, though, both of these teams are putting unbeaten records on the line. Plus, the last time these teams played it ended in a thrilling 4-4 draw. Two of the last three meetings have finished in draws and a tie shows +280 odds for Thursday’s match.
Both teams have also scored in the last four matchups and BTTS is priced at -145 Serie A Matchday 4 odds. Three or more goals have also been scored in the last six head-to-head matchups, as over 2½ goals show a -140 price. These two sides have conceded just three goals combined this season but this is a fixture that usually entertains.Follow us on Twitter