Serie A betting preview: Bank on the lively Chiesa to expose Aina

Punters can benefit from a fiery Turin derby, while Salernitana’s slow start to life in Italy’s top flight looks set to continue.

The Turin derby headlines the final weekend of Serie A action before the international break and Andy Schooler is expecting Juventus to maintain their upturn in form.

Meanwhile, Salernitana target their first top-flight win when they face Genoa and a buzzing Lazio travel to Bologna.

Salernitana v Genoa (Sat, 2pm BST)

Mattia Destro Genia vs Bologna sep21

Genoa's Mattia Destro has scored four times in four games so far this season and looks big at 17/10 to bag another in this match.

Salernitana already look set for a long, hard season with the newly-promoted side having claimed just one point so far and, significantly, conceded 15 times in six games.

Genoa are hardly flying themselves but they've shown their ability to score goals with Destro's tally helping them hit double figures already.

They've already won at second-bottom Cagliari and can add Salernitana's name to their list of scalps, with Destro the man likely to fire them to victory.

You can get almost 7/2 about Destro scoring in an away win but I'll stick with the safer, anytime scorer option at 17/10.

Torino v Juventus (Sat, 5pm BST)

Saturday is derby day in Turin where the hosts will be looking to end a 14-game winless run against their city rivals - their last victory in the Derby delle Mole came back in 2015.

With Juve's poor early-season form now looking a thing of the past - they are unbeaten in five in all competitions and have won their last three - it's hard to see that changing on this occasion.

Torino remain without their main striker, Euro 2020 winner Andrea Belotti, which is a massive blow and with Juve having kept out European champions Chelsea in midweek, a win to nil makes a certain appeal at 9/4.

However, as is often the case in derbies, it is the card markets which look most attractive.

Federico Chiesa Juventus Sep21

Over 5.5 cards has landed in five of the last six between these two but it's odds-against at 21/20 here.

Referee Paolo Valeri could be better but he's far from a bad appointment for those seeking cards. He's shown 11 yellows in two games so far this season after averaging 4.38 last term.

My best bet for this game though comes in the anytime card market where Ola Aina looks chunky at 3/1.

Aina has already been carded in three of four starts this season and looks set to go against the lively Federico Chiesa down the Torino left in this contest.

He spent last season on loan at Fulham where he admittedly didn't trouble the refs too much but in Serie A in 2019/20 he collected seven cards in 20 starts.

That's 10 cards in his 24 starts in this league. Throw in the derby atmosphere and odds of around 3/1 look a good play.

Bologna v Lazio (Sun, 11:30am BST)

Ciro Immobile Lazio Sep21

Lazio are buzzing after last week's victory in the Rome derby, a result since backed up with a home win over Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League.

Some will see that as a hindrance to success here but Bologna look good opponents for Lazio right now.

They were soundly beaten last week by lowly Empoli (4-2) and also took a recent 6-1 kicking at Inter Milan.

They've been better at home but conceding twice against both Genoa and rock-bottom Salernitana hardly bodes well for facing Serie A's top scorer, Ciro Immobile.

A team which has also shipped five at home to second-tier Ternana in the Coppa Italia certainly looks worth opposing and getting odds-against about a Lazio win here looks decent business.

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