Bet Napoli Over Torino for Serie A Week 6 Soccer Picks

Lee Phelps

Saturday, October 4, 2014 7:25 PM GMT

Two of Italy's Europa League hopefuls return from their Thursday exploits to face each other on Sunday. Our capper has been looking at the betting as both sides try to kick start their domestic form. Check out his free picks on the Serie A soccer odds.

Napoli’s season has started with a whimper, but it may finally launch in Serie A this weekend as two of Italy’s Europa League hopefuls go head-to-head.

Having won so many fans last season Rafa Benitez team are struggling to emulate it this time around, having failed to qualify for the Champions League group stages losing to Athletic Club they find themselves in the inferior European competition. Their first group game ended in a 3-1 triumph but they came back to domestic action and lost 1-0 at Udinese.

Live Soccer Betting Odds for this Weekend's Serie A Matchups!

Napoli
Although the critics have been sharpening their knives, it’s no wonder Benitez doesn’t appear too worried. The stats show Napoli have allowed 17 shots on their goal in two home games, but have had 50 attempts of their own, with 17 on target. They drew a blank, despite having 25 attempts against Chievo, but have scored six in two matches at the Stadio San Paolo, including the Europa League victory since then, but have also conceded four too.

 

Torino
It would be easy to forgive Torino for concentrating more on their European games than their Serie A fixtures, given their 20 year wait to play teams from outside Italy. You only have to listen to manager Giampiero Ventura to see how importantly they value their Thursday nights: "I realised how much this competition meant when I saw the stadium full for our first match. When you hear the Europa League anthem, it makes you think that having not been here for so many years, the fact we are means we have achieved something."

Torino have not conceded a goal in 450 minutes of European action this campaign and have been tight back home too. Their games have featured the second lowest number of goals (1.6). They have conceded the second fewest shots on goal away from home in Serie A, but have failed to create enough goal scoring opportunities to capitalise with just four shots on target in two games.

 

Soccer Picks
Something has to give here. It’s the irresistible force (Napoli’s attacking style) against the immoveable object (Torino’s steadfast 3-5-2 formation). I just wonder if the home team’s experience in Europe will help them get the better of Torino. There’s even a balance to be struck there though. The visitors play at home, while Napoli have a journey to Slovakia to negotiate. Despite that, I’m siding with Benitez boys to win the game and scoring at least two goals, but not without a struggle. I’m taking Napoli to win and both teams to score at a healthy 3/1 for my soccer picks.

Soccer Pick: Napoli to win and BTTS 3/1 at 5Dimes

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