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Internazionale FC vs. Juventes Italian Serie A Tips & Predictions

This weekend at the San Siro, the struggling FC Internazionale tries to get back on track when it hosts Juventes FC in a battle of two of the top sides in Italian Serie A.

Of course, things haven’t gone all that well for Inter thus far on the campaign. The team is only 2-2-4 to show for its first eight fixtures. The team has been outscored 14-10 in these fixtures, and the 14 goals allowed is the fourth most in the league. Shockingly, Milan is only two points clear of the relegation zone on the Italian Serie A table, and if in order to get back in competition for European competition for next year, it will have to make up a whopping six points already, and 10 on Juve.

With offensive weapons like Diego Milito, Lucio, Diego Forlan, and Wesley Sneijder, there is no way that teams should be outscoring this club. However, these four only have combined for seven goals in total in eight matches. This isn’t going to cut it to say the least.

The real question mark is whether or not there is going to be anyone that can step up to replace the 21 goals that Samuel Eto’o scored last season. Eto’o has since moved to Russia and become one of the richest men in all of sports, but Inter Milan has yet to really pick up the pieces.

Meanwhile, there is nothing for the fans at the San Siro to worry about right now. Sure, the team would love to be more than 4-4-0 through eight fixtures this year, but for as many draws as there have been on the Italian Serie A schedule this year, that’s not all that bad. There isn’t a team with more wins than Juve with four, though a slew of others have four as well.

The fear for Juventes is that it hasn’t played a heck of a lot of road fixtures. In fact, 11 of its 16 points have come at the Della Alphi, and the team only has two goals scored in three fixtures away from home. In total, Juve is only averaging one goal per game between for and against goals in away fixtures this year.

Again, one could make the argument that this is a team that has underachieved offensively this season. Andrea Pirlo has yet to find the back of the net, and Alessandro Del Piero and Luca Toni are both still searching for their first star of the season. Instead, it has been Alessandro Matri that has been doing the mass majority of the damage, as he has four goals. He and Claudio Marchisio have scored seven of the 11 goals on the season.

There is only one win for Juve in its last three matches, and it took a later winner to steal the victory in the team’s last match against Fiorentina.

There are definitely more problems with Inter in this match. The team was beaten on aggregate 1-0 in two matches by Juventes last year, and the last time that it won a game in this series was in January 2009 in the Coppa Italia.

These two teams are considered to be awfully close on the Italian Serie A betting lines. Inter is getting the very slight nod at pk -120, but both teams are considered strong underdogs to be able to claim three points. A draw is definitely the most likely result of the three in our free soccer punting opinions.

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Italian Serie A Table: FC Juventes vs. Fiorentina Tips & Predictions

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FC Juventes was supposed to be atop the Italian Serie A table this year. Seven matches in, that isn’t quite the case yet, but they can become table toppers if they can take three points over Fiorentina on Tuesday after at 2:45 p.m. (ET) at Juventes Stadium.

It has to be frustrating right now to be dressed in white and black. Alessandro Matri already has three goals on the campaign, as does Claudio Marchisio, and the talent is there for this team to really run away with the 2011-12 Scudetto. However, the team has had four draws already in seven fixtures, and though it hasn’t been beaten, it also hasn’t been able to fully take advantage of the slow start to the season that AC Milan and Inter Milan have both had.

These four draws have come in the last five matches, and the only win of the bunch ironically came against AC Milan right here at Juventes Stadium.

There could be some tough times ahead for the next week or two for FC Juventes as well. Gianluigi Buffon, whom many call the best goalkeeper in the entire world, suffered a shoulder injury in training and was held out of the lineup in the 2-2 draw against Lazio last week. His replacement, Marco Storari looked shaky to say the least with his two goals allowed against Genoa, and he hopes to be able to fix those problems against Fiorentina this week.

Stuck in the middle of the table, Fiorentina is going to be one of these teams that probably doesn’t have a heck of a lot to play for down the stretch of the season. We don’t see this team really scratching into the Top 5 this year, especially with the solid starts by Udinese and Lazio, but we also don’t see relegation being in the plans either.

The team hasn’t been in great form of late, failing to win four straight fixtures after reaming Parma 3-0 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on September 21st. The 2-2 draw at home against Catania was a disappointing one to say the least for the hosts, especially after Stevan Jovetic was able to give the Viola a lead twice in the match.

Of the eight goals that Fiorentina has this year in Serie A competition, four have been scored by ovetic. Alessio Cerci has three straight, while Alberto Gilardino has a goal to his name as well.

Even though Juve has struggled and doesn’t have its net minder, it is expected to take all three points from this match. The hosts are half ball favorites at -150, and our soccer punters are expecting to see that price pay off.

Last year, these two teams played to two relatively lifeless draws, a scoreless result when the Viola were hosting, and a 1-1 draw here at Juventes.

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