Sunday's European action is very Italian-centric with an almost full Serie A card taking precedent.

In arguably the match of the week, Inter Milan are at home to Palermo (who have popped up in my tips a few times recently) and even on paper it's a tight one.

The Sicilians come into this match in seventh spot and unlike most Italian sides, they're happier pushing forward than they are sitting on the ball.

Because of this approach, Palermo are equally adept at scoring goals as they are conceding them – I can't see this one being a bore draw.

Their two outstanding talents are Argentine Javier Pastore (3-1 with boylesports to score anytime), who is building a reputation as one of the top players in the country, and Slovenian Josip Ilicic who has seven goals in his 18 league games for Palermo. He's 4-1 with bet365 to add to his tally today.

Illicic has been one of the surprise stars of the campaign so far, with the obscure signing from minnows Maribor a stick-out in midfield.

Inter are still in with a realistic shot at the title and there's a bit of belief back under Leonardo, even if they did crash to painful 3-1 defeat at the hands of Udinese last week.

Without the incessant micro-managing of Rafa Benitez, the likes of Esteban Cambiasso and Thiago Motta look a lot more comfortable and free to play their own game.

In terms of goals Samuel Eto'o (21-20, anytime, Paddy Power) and Wesley Sneijder (9-4, anytime, Coral) are your picks for Inter.

I'd favour skipper Fabrizio Miccoli (11-4, anytime, Hills) for Palermo.

I think I'll take a narrow win by Inter Milan here (8-11, William Hill) but a draw (13-5, Paddy Power) is worth a look.

On a side note, I'd issue a little warning to punters about bWin. Sometimes their scorer charts and odds for games are out of date and it's summed up by the fact you can place bets on Massimo Maccarone and Jonathan Biabiany scoring for Palermo.

It's bizarre … seeing as Maccarone moved to Sampdoria close to a week ago and Biabiany left on Friday. I'd want odds of more than 23-10 or 9-4 on him finding the net against Inter!

So, make sure if you fancy taking a plunge on a fringe player that you check team-lines before the game.


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