Lazio v Udinese
Lazio and Udinese might not look like the most spectacular of games in a regular Serie A season, but the early stages of this 2022/23 campaign have been anything but ordinary. Instead, Lazio are coming into Matchday 10 as the entertainers, while Udinese are the minnows outperforming all of the expectations on them.
Coming into this weekend off the back of a 2-2 Europa League draw against Sturm Graz, Lazio having four goals scored in one of their games is becoming the norm. Prior to that European outing, Maurizio Sarri’s side had won three consecutive Serie A matches 4-0, with Cremonese, Spezia and Fiorentina all falling victim to the Biancocelesti.
Udinese themselves have proven to be a lot of fun as well, even if they are continuing to outperform all of the usual statistical guidance of how good a team actually is. The Zebrette put three past Inter and four past Roma in shock wins already this season, and last time out they came from 2-0 down to draw against high-flying Atalanta.
So, it appears clear that there will be goals when these two face off in the Eternal City, so a bet of Over 2.5 goals should be as safe as they come this weekend.
Napoli v Bologna
If Lazio have developed a reputation for themselves as being Serie A’s entertainers this season, it’s only Napoli who could perhaps argue that they are more deserving of the label as Luciano Spalletti’s league leaders come into Matchday 10 as the only Italian side confirmed to have qualified for the Champions League’s Round of 16.
The Partenopei have taken Europe by storm, as well as looking good in domestic action as well, and their recent 4-2 defeat of Ajax is just the latest example of how good they are going forward.
They have 17 goals in four Champions League games so far this season, while they’re averaging over two goals per game in Serie A too, with 22 already on the board from nine outings.
There’s every chance that Napoli will be playing catch-up at kick-off, with Atalanta having the chance to take top spot off their hands on Saturday night, and if they are stepping onto the pitch at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona needing to win then Bologna might prefer to run scared.
The Rossoblu themselves are struggling, sitting 17th in the table and have already changed their coach by bringing in Thiago Motta to replace Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Napoli should win here, and they should do so in style.
Verona v AC Milan
AC Milan’s 2021/22 Serie A title win was built on an impressive defensive record that provided the foundations on which the more attacking players could play and catch the eye. While they’ve had their problems so far this season, they take on a struggling Verona side that they should be able to see off with relative ease on Sunday.
Stefano Pioli’s Rossoneri have struggled a little in recent weeks, though those complications have largely come in Europe with back-to-back losses against Premier League side Chelsea. Domestically, they’ve just beaten Juventus 2-0 with as professional a job as you could as for, and their only Serie A loss came 2-1 against Napoli a month ago.
Despite facing some injury problems, Milan are more than capable of getting a positive result against Verona this Sunday evening and they should be able to shut their hosts out completely, even in the absence of some big players.
Verona themselves are without a win since September 4, and have been handily dealt with by most of the sides to have come up against them so far this term, most recently losing to Salernitana, Udinese, Fiorentina and Lazio.
In their nine games so far this season, they’ve only managed six goals, so shouldn’t pose too many problems for the champions.
Sampdoria v Roma
Jose Mourinho takes his Roma side to Liguria to face Sampdoria on Monday night in a game that might be a little trickier than he’d have hoped or planned on it being.
The Blucerchiati have recently changed coach, brining Dejan Stankovic back into the Italian football world to replace the departed Marco Giampaolo, and they’ll no doubt be looking to make things a little more solid at the back and climb off bottom spot in the Serie A table.
Having been in Europa League action away to Real Betis on Thursday, Roma will be pleased for the extra day’s rest ahead of a Monday fixture, but their post-European results have been mixed this season – beating Empoli and Lecce after being in European action and losing to Atalanta. They’ll see Samp as a side they should be able to see off though.
Unbeaten in their last two in Serie A – beating both Inter and Lecce 2-1 – Roma will want to continue putting together a good run after a difficult September in which they lost two of their three domestic matches. Currently sixth and a point off Lazio in third, they’ll want to keep up with or even move into the top four this weekend.
But Sampdoria are likely to make things a little complicated under Stankovic, and they will surely be prioritising shutting their visitors out and hoping to get a point, which could pose problems in the Blucerchiati being broken down, more so with Roma missing the injured Paulo Dybala.
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