Five rounds to go till the end of the season and Serie A is on fire: 13 teams still playing for a target, the table dramatically reshuffled in the last matchday by the defeats of 2nd and 3rd in the standings, and by the win of Cagliari while none of other 5 relegation competitors did so. The drama of the intersection between the Champions League spots and permanence zone lies exactly in AC Milan vs. Benevento and Napoli vs. Cagliari, while Verona vs. Spezia offers good odds on the away club. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
AC Milan vs. Benevento
Saturday, May 01, 2021 – 02:45 PM EDT at San Siro
Milan are 5th in the table. Let that sink in. Just imagine that until a week ago, they had never been below the 2nd place in the whole season! If 3rd was already seen as a downgrading, go figure now that for the first time they are actually out of the Champions League spots. And looking into what is still left of Serie A to play, they actually have the worst scheduling, facing at every round a rival still right in the middle of fighting for a target, differently from the other 5 competitors that can at least count on 1 easy game if not 2.
The problem is also the way they crumbled: collapsed totally against Sassuolo and Lazio, and if in the first game they could have the excuse of underestimating the opponent, definitely that couldn't have happened against a direct competitor like Lazio. The good thing is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back, with all the legacy he brings in terms of quality and personality.
But Benevento now are definitely desperate: after reaching out the sky by touching the 10th place at half of the season, their downfall is now completed because by last week for the first time in the season they are in the sensitive spot of third-from-the-bottom and therefore currently relegated. This says they both are in an unknown situation as what it goes off this season, and so it's all about their nerves and reaction. Must be said that having the best players is a huge help, and Milan will want finally to turn around their destiny from the very beginning.
Free Soccer Pick: AC Milan Half-Time/Full-Time at -105 (1.95) with Intertops (Visit our Intertops Review)
Napoli vs. Cagliari
Sunday, May 02, 2021 - 09:00 AM EDT at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
It couldn't be more dramatic, but compared to Milan-Benevento at the Stadio Diego Maradona stadium there will be instead enthusiasm. Cause both Napoli and Cagliari after more than two months just last round reached the place where exactly they wanted to be: Napoli 3rd in the standings equal on points with Juve and Milan but ahead of them both thanks to the head-to-head fixtures, and most of all inside the Champions League spots pack after 2 months.
Cagliari incredibly climbed at a first good place for permanence in spite of playing AS Roma, putting Benevento behind, after 3 wins in a row, the second current longest streak in Serie A after Sassuolo. So finally they will play with joy, not with fear. But being both ahead only for head-to-head, they also realize that not harming each other is pretty useless, as a draw is very dangerous to handle. For what is on the cards and what is their natural leaning, Napoli will make the game and will come up, but a focused Cagliari as they have turned lately, have been able to prove that they can exploit greatly the transitions.
Free Soccer Pick: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at +100 (2.0) with Bovada (Visit our Bovada Review)
Verona vs. Spezia
Saturday, May 01, 2021 - 09:00 AM EDT at Stadio Bentegodi
Spezia finding themselves only +2 over the relegation zone, suddenly in danger and strangely helpless in the last derby with Genoa. But they were coming from the fatigue of drawing with Inter in the midweek, and they take now a Verona that have totally lost motivation after settling at 10th place and fearing that their manager Ivan Jurić will leave for Napoli or Fiorentina. The odds on a double chance are good enough to be taken.
Free Soccer Pick: Spezia +0.5 at -130 (1.77) at Intertops