Serie A unleashes all the charm this weekend by featuring three big games on Matchday 13. The biggest of them all is Inter-Napoli, which can be costly for Inter if they lose. Meanwhile, prestige will be at play in Lazio-Juventus as the visitors are only three points away from their hosts, in the standings.
Finally, entertainment and renewed elite targets are involved in Fiorentina-Milan so let’s get into some Serie A odds.
Inter Milan vs. SSC Napoli
Sunday, November 21, 2021 – 12:00 PM EST at San Siro
Smells like teen’s spirit. That is if you were a teen between the ’80s and ’90s and saw Lothar Matthaeus and Diego Maradona battling for the scudetto. The situation is different but Inter is the defending champion while Napoli is making a run for their third scudetto, with a streak of 10 wins, two draws, and a gap of +7 over Inter. Nonetheless, they’re still tied at points with AC Milan.
This game is a must-win for Inter, so this situation should push them to perform. Although they approach this in the worst conditions possible: De Vrij is out with injury, Bastoni, Dzeko and Lautaro are still coming off injuries and Barella is in his worst form in recent years.
On the other hand, Napoli has recovered their few injured players and their confidence is skyrocketing. Most of all, Napoli has only conceded four goals so far and considering that one-third of the season is gone already, that gives the staggering projection of just 12 goals conceded at the end of the season, which would be the all-time record in Serie A.
Obviously, it won’t go on like this for the whole season, but that gives the exact breakdown of how difficult the task will be for Inter who is, possibly, playing smoother than Napoli when it comes to producing opportunities although they are much more unbalanced. And as they say in Italy: "attack sells tickets; defense makes you win titles".
ACF Fiorentina vs. AC Milan
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 02:45 PM EST at Stadio Artemio Franchi
Milan is flying high, tied in points at top of the standings with Napoli and has now have recovered almost all their injured players, except for Calabria. Traveling to Florence will be difficult due to the kind of challenge Fiorentina represents with their proactive football until the end. Still, conditions are pretty good for the Rossoneri considering that two out of the three starting defenders for Fiorentina will be out for this match.
Meanwhile, Fiorentina has performed well so far and is sitting at the edge of European positions, but hasn’t managed to win a single game against any of the big teams. Milan in the last month and a half has visibly played worse but they have always survived in spite of coping with emergencies.
Serie A Pick: Milan to Win (+120) at Intertops
Lazio vs. Juventus
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 12:00 PM EST at Stadio Olimpico
Lazio comes into this match in the worst possible conditions: Immobile is injured, Pedro too, and Lazio had already scoring issues before those two went down. Juventus probably won’t play Dybala injured, but the rest of the team is available, and Juve will go to Roma planning on conceding as little as possible as they wait for a chance to counterattack.
We should expect a more cynical version of Sarriball especially considering that Maurizio Sarri has his first chance to hurt the Bianconeri team that wildly sacked him after winning a scudetto. The problem is Lazio isn’t as sharp as Juve in defense. The Bianconeri play an ugly and boring brand of soccer but when their game plan is binary, simple as that. At least they execute it like a clock.
Besides that, the odds on them are quite good to be ignored so let’s back them for our last Serie A pick.
Serie A Pick: Juventus to Win (+130) at Intertops
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