Soccer Picks: Catania vs. Inter Milan in Serie A Action

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:00 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 9:00 PM UTC

Inter started off their domestic season with three points, but now face a tricky away fixture versus Catania. Here's our soccer betting preview for Sunday's match.
<p style="text-align:center"><span></span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Odds Overview</b><b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <p>Inter Milan is no stranger to being a favorite when it comes to the <a target="_blank" title="Live Soccer Odds &amp; Betting Lines" href="/betting-odds/soccer/">soccer odds</a> and nothing change sfor this weekend.<b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <p>The Nerazzurri are listed at +140 to win despite being away from home, while Catania can be backed at +225. A draw is +230 for those thinking a close tie is awaiting us.</p> <p>[gameodds]10/242157/?r3=349/dec&amp;r-1=349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Catania</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Calcio Catania Spa, also known as the Rossazzurri (Red and light-blues) and Gli Elefanti (The Elephants), is coming off an eight-place finish in Serie A last season.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The Elephants gave Fiorentina all they could handle in the team's season opener, but ultimately ended up losing 2-1. Pablo Barrientos scored the lone goal for Catania in what was a very respectable performance out of the visitors.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>It's no easy feat even giving Fiorentina a competitive match, given they're considered to be contending for one of the top spots in Serie A this season. With talents like Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez to contend with, Catania just didn't have enough quality to get the result.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Let's see what kind of performance the Elephants give in their home debut. They were terrific at the Stadio Angelo Massimino in 2012/13, winning 12 matches to go along with four draws and only three losses. Their overall goal differential at home was plus-16.</p> <p>Will that encouraging display against Fiorentina help set the stage for a positive start against Inter Milan?</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a target="_blank" title="2013-14 Serie A Futures &amp; Betting Odds" href="/soccer/free-picks/soccer-picks-2013-14-serie-futures-betting-odds-a-32623/"><em>2013-14 Serie A Futures &amp; Betting Odds</em></a></p> <p><b>Inter Milan</b><b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <p><img style="font-size:1em" src="/picks-pictures/FC+Internazionale+Milano+v+Parma+FC+Serie+79HxTHgPCyNl.jpg" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" />So far so good for Inter. The Nerazzurri smashed Cittadella 4-0 in a cup tie and then overcame Genoa 2-0 at home in their league opener.</p> <p>Though Inter had tons of chances, they had to wait until the 75th minute to get their reward. Yuto Pagatomo put the hosts up 1-0 and then Rodrigo Palacio scored in stoppage time to give Walter Mazzarri the perfect start to his tenure as manager.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Antonio Cassano is no longer a part of the squad, but Mazzarri still has plenty to work with within this squad.</span></p> <p>Palacio, who led the side with 12 league goals last year, returns and picked up right where he left off in 2013/14. Diego Milito has been recovering for months now after a horrible knee injury and is targeting a return sometime in September.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Then there's the likes of Fredy Guarin and Esteban Cambiasso, both of whom have more than proven themselves at the highest level of world football.</span></p> <p><b>Serie A Pick</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Inter won both meetings last season but there wasn't much separating the two teams in all honesty.</span><b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <p>The Nerazzurri won 2-0 at home, with the departed Cassano and Palacio getting goals, and then won a crazy match 3-2 at Catania. Inter was down 2-0 but scored three goals in the last 40 minutes, topped off by a stoppage-time winner by Palacio.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Argentinean is clearly going to have to be watched carefully by Catania, but we do feel as if they home side will stay strong enough to get at least a point out of this match. Our recommended <a target="_blank" title="Free Soccer Picks &amp; Betting Tips" href="/soccer/">soccer pick</a> is going to come on the draw at +230.</span><b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <p><b>Pick: </b>Catania 1 Inter Milan 1</p>
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