If like most of England you finally went back work this morning, I’m here to compound you’re misery by letting you know that I’m going to spend the whole day (my birthday) joining Italy in observing today as a national holiday with good food and drink whilst watching Serie A from 11.30am to 7pm. But hey, at least I’m nice enough to write about it. Maybe you can read it on your lunch break?
OK, I’ll stop, but I do always look forward to a January 6th fixture list and giving that it’s finally Monday’s turn to host the events again, it makes for even sweeter viewing if you do have the day off.
BT Sport have decided to fill their schedule with Serie A fixtures, with the biggest three games taking place at 11.30am, 2pm and 5.30pm. Those are the three we’re going to look at.
Napoli vs. Sampdoria
Rafa Benitez’s high flying Napoli welcome strugglers Sampdoria to Stadio San Paolo. However, despite their overall struggles, Sampdoria come in to this game unbeaten in five, and could provide a stiff test for a Napoli side unbeaten in five themselves.
This one probably shouldn’t be written off as a straight forward home win – although it’s the most likely priced outcome at 2/5 (1.40) with Coral. The visitors are a rather unflavoured 7/1 (8.00) with William Hill.
Despite their positive results, Napoli have kept just two clean sheets in their last seven home games, whilst Sampdoria have netted in their last seven games overall, including games with Lazio, Inter and Fiorentina.
This one has the potential to be a goalfest but my favourite bet is Both teams to score at evens (2.00) with bookie William Hill.
AC Milan vs. Atalanta
AC Milan usually find their form this time of year, but they rarely start in a manner quite as disastrous as they have this season. Just 19 points from their first 17 games in not an ample return given the talent in their squad.
Atalanta sit just two places below them in 15th in the Serie A table and have considerably less talent in their squad, so their away struggles are no surprise.
Despite just one win and one draw amongst their nine away matches, Atalanta have only lost by more than one goal on two occasions. It’s far too easy to fall for the home handicap trap given a big club like Milan are priced at just 2/5 (1.40), but the simple fact is they aren’t that good.
I like the look of Atalanta +1.25AH at 10/11 (1.90) with Winner
Lazio vs. Inter Milan
Finally, to round off of feast of Serie A football, Lazio host Champions League chasing Lazio. Lazio’s form has been disastrous pre-Christmas break, while Inter received a huge confidence boost after a pleasing home win over rivals AC.
Both teams are definitely under-performing though as they’ve struggled to replicate their best form away from home. Inter have won just one of the last six matches away from home, with Lazio failing to win four of their last seven at home in all competitions.
This is a tricky little game to tackle but I’m sure plenty of you will be wanting a bet for it.
I’m looking to place a very small bet just for fun on this game, and I’ve chosen to back Miroslav Klose to score at any time, purely for fun, and the best price is 7/4 with BetVictor.
Enjoy the games and now get your free bets and betting offers now you have read our Serie A Football Betting Preview. Most of the best online bookies offer new customers free bet offers and bookmakers free bets and we list the best bookies offers in our free bet guide. You find the best bookmakers offers like the £50 Coral free bet and £25 William Hill free betting offer, so check them all out and get some great free bets from the online bookies.