Double header deluxe in Serie A weekend: Inter vs. Atalanta and Juventus vs. Lazio mixing up 3 of the top 5 of the table. And if Juve vs. Lazio got more prestige, Inter vs. Atalanta opposes the two teams playing the best football in Italy and could open a way for Inter to escape at the top, while Juve vs. Lazio will bring in a lot of tension, also due to the troubled scheduling. Good odds on the direct clash for relegation between Spezia and Benevento. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Inter vs. Atalanta
Monday, March 08, 2021 – 02:45 PM EST at San Siro
The greatest Italian sports journalist ever, Gianni Brera, had a theory about what was the big match of a fixture (eventually, he was one of the most important sports journalist also abroad, the guy who came up with words like 'libero', 'fantasista', 'regista' and many others, which trespassed the Italian borders and became part of football world dictionary). For him, the big match of a fixture was the one able to produce the most points combined.
A pretty agreeable opinion that puts Inter vs. Atalanta ahead of Juventus vs. Lazio: this is the only game against a top 8 team that Inter will play in the next month and a half, so their boast as leaders could become incredible. Atalanta though are possibly the team that made suffer Inter the mos in the last years, although in the first game of the season it was actually Atalanta that couldn't handle Inter and found the draw only in the last 10 minutes at the very first Inter mistake.
But they will want to spread all their football in San Siro, being still 10 days far from the Champions League return leg in Madrid. And Atalanta manager Gasperini, fired only after 3 games at Inter in 2011, never misses a chance to take a slice of his revenge when visiting San Siro. Should be very entertaining, and Atalanta will have to deal with lethal Inter transitions on the square Lukaku-Lautaro-Eriksen-Hakimi.
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Juventus vs. Lazio
Saturday, March 06, 2021 - 02:45 PM EST at Juventus Stadium
If Atalanta has been Inter's kryptonite in past years, so Lazio were Juventus'. Last year Lazio won in Rome and almost drew in Turin in spite of having half squad injured, and most of all won Italian Super Cup against Juve and putting premises for Sarri being fired. Also, Lazio will get to this pretty rested, as their midweek fixture against Torino was postponed.
Juve will have a completely different priority as only 4 days later they have the UCL return leg with Porto whose outcome will heavily affect their season. Besides that, Juve in the second half against Spezia played their best half for quite a while, but all in all, Spezia are always a proactive team that leaves spaces to be exposed.
Instead, Lazio are intense, tough, ready to sting, and possibly will leave the ball to Juve being ready to steal it and open the spaces within their lines, always very hard to keep tight for Juve. Anyway, Juve got enough quality to level the game even when they don't deserve it, and it is to see whether if Lazio are able to get back on their feet after being slapped left and right by Bayern and Bologna in the past week.
Spezia vs. Benevento
Saturday, March 06, 2021 - 09:00 AM EST at Stadio Picco
The same position in the table, which after Torino and Cagliari hiring new managers left them only 5 points at the top of the relegation zone. But the performances are very different: Spezia never betrayed their style and are always trying to get the 3 points; Benevento have done two steps back, virtually and on the pitch, turning very defensive in the last two months and struggling incredibly to find the net.