Serie A match betting moves into week 22 with a jam-packed menu. Join us as we preview the clash between AC Milan and Torino and deliver our choice free soccer picks for your consideration.
AC Milan Hot Favourites
Sportsbooks send AC Milan into their upcoming clash with Torino as the hot favourites at -175 to win outright, depending on your choice online sportsbook. But AC Milan have proven to be a mid-table side this season, largely down to inconsistent form and struggles on and off the pitch. Some would say, therefore, they strike a poor pose as the favourites.
Milan climbed two spots last weekend on the back of a 2-1 victory over Cagliari and they are now ensconced within the Top Ten. The game itself left much to be desired, the victory coming rather late to be considered a ringing endorsement of their recent positive form. After Milan went down 1-0 early in the first half, it wasn’t until the 87th minute when Mario Balotelli scored the equaliser. And two minutes later, Pazzini scored the winner to send Milan into the upper echelons of the table.
AC Milan are sat ninth in the table with a 7-7-7 mark and 28 points through 21 laps, with + 3-goal differential (34 scored and 31 conceded). Recent form has seen some positive improvements; they have won three of their four matches on the New Year. Crucially, their star talisman Balotelli has scored in the last three games including a 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo. Unfortunately, Balotelli is slated to miss the upcoming game with Torino after earning his 13th yellow card for an obscene gesture directed at fans in the Cagliari game.
Torino at the Disadvantage
Torino descend on the fashion Mecca as the decided underdogs, tipped at +500 soccer odds at Bet365 to win outright. The draw is listed at +280 or thereabouts across all sportsbooks.
That said, Torino are enjoying better fortunes in Serie A action this season, sat in sixth place on the back of a 8-8-5 record and 32 points through 21 laps, a run of form that includes a 5-5-1 record at home and a 3-3-4 record on the road.
Torino are flush off a 1-0 win over Atlanta, marking their second straight win, third match undefeated. Overall, they are 6-2-2 in their last ten games and boast commendable accounts against some of Italy’s top outfits – draws against Roma, Fiorentina and Internazionale, to name a few.
AC Milan vs. Torino Betting Tips and Picks
In spite of AC Milan’s conspicuous inconsistency this season, it’s hard to write them off in soccer betting circles. I Rossoneri have this ability to find a way to scrape results even when playing poorly. A testament to their inherent quality and depth, albeit which as a whole is playing at a frustrating subpar level right now. Perhaps changes at the top with a new coach will revive their season and restore some pride.
What matters now is the fact that their form is on the up with three wins in their last four games and that augurs well if you are looking to back AC Milan on your soccer picks for the home win listed at -175 at Bet365. Of course, Balotelli missing this game is going to be a huge factor. But it’ll be important for AC Milan to rise to the occasion and prove to their fans that they aren’t only as good as Balotelli is or as his mood dictates.
Torino, however, will be no pushovers. Form is positive right now and they have confidence going for them as well. Frankly, it’s quite surprising that they are listed so large at +500 soccer odds for the upset across the board in online sports betting markets. In fact, Torino for the upset is highly probable – either on the win or a share in the spoils, which is listed at +280 on the draw at Bet365.
Soccer Free Picks: Draw at +280; Under 2.5 at +100