Torino is pushing for the European spots, trying to win their third match in a row on Sunday when they host Sassuolo. Meanwhile, struggling Venezia travels to play leaders Inter Milan on Saturday. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of markets and props for the Italian top-flight league.
Inter vs. Venezia: Visitors Overpriced
Inter won the Italian Super Cup last week, beating Juventus 2-1 with Alexis Sanchez scoring the winning goal in extra time. But, they saw their eight-game Serie A winning run come to an end last weekend when they were held to a goalless draw on the road by Atalanta.
They took advantage of AC Milan’s shocking 2-1 defeat to Spezia, extending the gap between them and their city rivals to two points at the top of the table. Inter also have a game in hand on AC Milan. They enter this clash as heavy favorites at -800 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.
The Nerazzurri looked tired and flat last weekend, especially in the first half when Atalanta pressed high, but worked themselves into the game and created quite a few good scoring opportunities that were all squandered. It was an expected performance given the 120 minutes against Juventus, which took a lot of energy out of the team. For the first time in almost a year, Inter failed to find the back of the net in the Italian top-flight league.
On the other side, the Portuguese 35-year-old Nani had an immediate impact as he provided an assist moments after coming on to help Venezia rescue a 1-1 draw against Empoli. He came on for his debut with 18 minutes to go till the end of the match and the former Manchester United player set up David Okereke with his first touch of the game. Venezia is now sitting 17th in the standings with 18 points earned in 21 rounds, just two points above the red zone. They have the second-worst attack in the league with just 19 goals scored and they lost the reverse match 2-0 at home against leaders Inter.
Yes, Inter are one of the most consistent teams in the league and in the European top-flight leagues and we love to include them in our soccer picks and parlays, but this time they are overpriced. They will definitely return to winning ways and beat Venezia, but we don’t expect them to destroy them. There are two different ways to approach this match. Venezia +2½ should be an easy win at -125 but our main pick for this clash is under 3½ goals in the match. We don’t expect Venezia to find the back of the net and we don’t expect Inter to score four goals on their own.
Pick: Under 3½ goals (-105)
Torino vs. Sassuolo: Goal-fest
Hired to replace Davide Nicola last summer, Ivan Juric took over a Torino side with stated European ambitions. The team was even discussed as a dark horse for the top four. Their relentless high press is winning game after game. Juric frequently pairs players up one-on-one with opponents all over the pitch and trusts them to engage in individual duels and encourages his forwards to attack the ball-carrier at almost every opportunity. Still, Torino is sitting ninth in the standings with 31 points earned in 21 games, four points behind the European spots. They emerged from Covid lockdown to thrash Fiorentina 4-0, and more players returned from their isolation, though Andrea Belotti is still injured and Ola Aina is on international duty.
They managed to double up with another impressive 2-1 win against Sampdoria so they enter this clash on the back of four wins in their previous five games. They are priced at +115 against Sassuolo, and given Sassuolo’s away struggles, they might win this one. But if you’re betting online, you should be careful when fading Sassuolo. They are very inconsistent, but at the same time they can beat anyone in the league.
The smartest betting approach is to avoid betting on the moneyline and go with the goals market. Guess what? The line is set at 2½ and this is crazy because Sassuolo is all about goals, both scored and allowed under Juric, Torino has an attacking approach, trying to score as many goals as possible. Yes, we’ve seen under 2½ in the reverse fixture with Torino beating Sassuolo 1-0 on the road, but we’ve seen at least three goals in five of their previous six mutual encounters between the two teams.