Serie A is back and smells like 80s spirit with a Napoli facing AC Milan, a fixture that could count for the title. AS Roma are being very reliable lately and guaranteeing safe betting odds. Euro2012 finalist. manager Cesare Prandelli is back at Fiorentina. Here’s a complete preview, including updated odds and our betting picks.
Serie A is back with a game whose past memories are vivid in the mind of every Italian soccer fan but that lately has almost never counted for something important. Napoli vs. AC Milan used to be Maradona and Careca vs. Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit. It was the Scudetto header in two epic seasons, but then in the following years, they were never up and kicking at the same time. We are just at the start of the season, but for what the table is telling at the moment this game is a head-to-head for the top spot.
In this surprising start of the league, some teams that are not under the spotlight are having the time to work and to build up. The case study is AS Roma, that seemed on the verge of collapsing by the end of September, and now looks more solid than Inter and Juventus. They host Parma and if they don’t underestimate this fixture, the Wolf could be even scarier.
Cesare Prandelli is back on an Italian club bench, the one of Fiorentina, where he led an electric team in their last Champions League season, with Luca Toni winning the Golden Boot. Entertaining game expected against Pippo Inzaghi’s Benevento.
Napoli vs. AC Milan
Sunday, November 22, 2020 – 02:45 PM EST at Stadio San Paolo
AC Milan are traveling to Naples in a position of superiority, and this happening still after the break. At this point, we already know they are reliable for fighting at least for a Champions League spot, but the club is not preventing themselves from dreaming bigger. Napoli possibly lowered their level after crashing Atalanta and struggled too much to overcome Benevento and Bologna, losing incredibly at home to a Sassuolo with many injuries.
They had the bad news of the unavailability of Victor Osimhen, who dislocated his shoulder with Nigeria and will probably be back in 2021. This compels Gennaro Gattuso to reshape his attack, where he started to play 4 forwards. But actually, he could keep the same 4-2-3-1, playing Dries Mertens as false nine and asking movements and dynamism to his players. At the moment also Elseid Hysaj with coronavirus, David Ospina with a muscular injury, and Tiémoué Bakayoko with flu are all out of the game, and we are talking about 4 out of the starting XI.
For the first time since the beginning of the season, AC Milan have all players available, but not the manager Stefano Pioli and his assistant, both with coronavirus. Both teams know how dangerous this is and how particularly careful usually are each other opponent, so won’t concede space easily, and the game could begin pretty blocked.
Fiorentina vs. Benevento
Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 06:30 AM EST at Stadio Artemio Franchi
The long-rumored sacking of Fiorentina manager Beppe Iachini happened in spite of Fiorentina not losing their last game. Their performance though was too disappointing. Now the whole city of Florence is looking forward to watching the debut of the manager who in 2010 brought them 1 minute away from beating the future Champions League finalist Bayern Munich, in the Round of 16.
The 3-5-2 won’t change, but definitely, the attitude will be totally different, by playing a proper forward like Dušan Vlahović upfront and a playmaker like Erick Pulgar in the middle, in the spot of a holding midfielder. But especially, enthusiasm is the key. Inzaghi must revive his Benevento, they are always trying to play but they are too shaky at the back. They do have a shot, although they seem low on a confidence level.
AS Roma vs. Parma
Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 09:00 AM EST at Stadio Olimpico
Edin Džeko should still be out for coronavirus, but the good thing about Paulo Fonseca’s AS Roma is that he has been being able to face and overcome all of the difficulties brought up by the many injuries since last season.
Most of all, they rarely have lost their balance, which makes it a particularly difficult task for Parma to take, considering their chronic problem in creating football when not playing just counterattack, simply making the most of Gervinho's pace.
Free Soccer Pick: AS Roma to win at -192 (1.52) at Bookmaker