Serie A midweek round is offering two big matches, possibly with not so much prestige but crossing 4 of the top seven: AS Roma vs. Atalanta is possibly beyond the last call for Roma, so Atalanta can shield their fresh third place, while Napoli vs. Lazio could be very dramatic as who loses could get off tracking Juventus’ fourth place, and at the same time a draw could turn useless for both. Genoa vs. Benevento for the relegation zone. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Napoli vs. Lazio
Thursday, April 22, 2021 – 02:45 PM EDT at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
Napoli 5th at -2 from Juventus, Lazio 6th at -4 but with one game in hand. Let's consider as nothing will change, as no Super League will happen and so actually the 4th spot will really be the last relevant to enter the Champions League. Napoli grabbed what they could with a draw against Inter, they are solid and they are improving although they miss a man able to decide games. Lazio coming from 5 wins in a row, had a bit of a scare against Benevento as they let the opponents come back into the game from 4-1 to 4-3, but all in all are accomplishing their missions, game after game, and the esteem is increasing.
As the draw could damage both of them in case of Juve winning - and as they play Parma, it's highly possible - then we will see a match getting more and more entertaining as the minutes go by. Napoli are more proactive but also can be more easily exposed, Lazio like to bounce starting deeper, and if they get up it could be very hard to reverse it for Napoli, which though have clearly bettered their performance since they recovered their many injuries.
Also, Gattuso's side has proved to be able to recover from disadvantages and can have a higher pace than Lazio in the whole team, not only on with their mid-upfront line. So could be too hard for Lazio to take this, but they will try, or at least find the back of the net.
Free Soccer Pick: Napoli +0.5 and both teams to score at +110 (2.1) with Intertops (Visit our Intertops Review)
AS Roma vs. Atalanta
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 12:30 PM EDT at Stadio Olimpico
What scares the most of Atalanta for the opponents is that now they have been able to mutate into a complete, efficient great team, that doesn't need to hammer all the time to win the games, but that can wait the right moment without necessarily exposing themselves and without conceding anything. The schedule instead is just too much to take for Roma, who just couldn't last the whole game with Torino in spite of a good approach, but the many injuries and especially the demanding return leg against Ajax had drained out all their energy.
Roma are maybe already out of the Champions League race, but definitely, they will if they lose this too. But there isn't much they can put against to cope with their limits, and with Atalanta explosiveness: when the latter have their moments, the Giallorossi defense could be seriously come undone, unable to stay put against the arrows coming left and right when Atalanta vehemently get in the box. Motivation should be more on the Giallorossi side, but this is gonna be their 7th game in 18 days, impossible to make them guilty of tiredness.
Genoa vs. Benevento
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 02:45 PM EDT at Stadio Marassi
Genoa lowered their performances, also cause they are in a comfort zone. But dropping positions round after round now they are only +2 over Torino, Benevento, and Fiorentina, and + 7 over Cagliari, their shortest gap over relegation in the last 3 months. And if Benevento will win this then they could leapfrog exactly Genoa. The hosts have played very well at Milan, while Benevento had a good reaction against Lazio but only that.
Free Soccer Pick: Genoa to win at +120 (2.2) at BetOnline