WE'VE sealed another stellar signing for the new campaign with Serie A don Paolo Bandini bringing his expertise to the site thanks to our partner Unibet.
Paolo is an Anglo-Italian sportswriter who pens a superb weekly Serie A column for the Guardian and his other credits include ESPN, the BBC and TalkSport as well as making regular appearances on the Football Weekly podcast.
He's a Trevi Fountain of knowledge and we're delighted to have him on board. His previews of the weekend Serie A action begins with the Turin derby.
Juventus v Torino (Saturday 7.45pm)
Five games, five wins. Juventus remain the team to beat in Serie A, and nobody yet this season has really come close. In one sense, Wednesday’s 1-0 victory at home to Fiorentina was underwhelming – the champions never really thrilling with their football or threatening to expand much on that lead once they had it. On the other hand, their opponents did not have a shot on goal in 90 minutes.
It would be a surprise if Torino did not manage at least that much. They are a dynamic and attack-minded side under Sinisa Mihajlovic: one that has scored 10 times in five games. The arrival of M’Baye Niang this summer has allowed the manager to move Adem Ljajic in from the wing to a No.10 role in a remodelled 4-2-3-1, and the player has responded with three goals and two assists already.
Ahead of him, Andrea Belotti remains as prolific as ever, and things have looked tighter at the back, too, with Cameroon international Nicholas Nkoulou added to the defence and Salvatore Sirigu replacing Joe Hart between the sticks. Little wonder, then, that they should still be unbeaten themselves, their 11 points representing a club record this early in a top-flight campaign.
Considering that Torino already drew here last season – with a goal from Ljajic – do they not have a chance of getting a result again this weekend? The answer, of course, is that they do. But a chance is not the same as a certainty. Juventus remain the favourites, just don’t expect them to have it all their way.
- Correct Score: Juve 2, Torino 1 (15-2, Unibet)
- First scorer: Andrea Belotti (10-1, Unibet)
- Safe bet: Over 2.5 goals (3-5, Unibet)
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