Serie A preview: Vlahovic and co ready to press life out of Juventus; Milan look the value vs Inter

A look at the action in Serie A this weekend as the derby della Madonnina takes centre stage, while Juventus could be in line for another shock defeat.

Juventus' Champions League campaign has been a welcome distraction from a faltering Serie A season.

Max Allegri's men have reached the last 16 of Europe's premier competition with four wins from four in a group containing Chelsea, Zenit and Malmo.

In domestic competition though, the Old Lady are down in ninth place after successive league defeats. They were shocked by Sassuolo at home before losing 2-1 at in-form Verona last time out.

In Turin they have also lost at home to Empoli and do not look like 8/13 shots against an unpredictable Fiorentina on Saturday evening.

Fiorentina have won three of their six away games - against Atalanta, Udinese and Genoa.

Their high-pressing has been a feature of their impressive start. And if the visitors can force Juve into the kind of defensive mistakes they have been prone to this season then they could get some joy.

Riccardo Saponara has been dangerously drifting into central positions and Dusan Vhalovic already has eight goals in 11 Serie A appearances for Vincenzo Italiano's men.

Fiorentina look like dangerous opposition and they are worth backing at 4/1 to follow up a 3-0 upset the last time the clubs met at the Allianz Stadium almost a year ago.

AC Milan v Inter Milan (Sun, 7.45pm)

Inter have certainly had the upper hand over AC Milan in the derby della Madonnina of late.

They have won six of the last seven meetings and have lost just two of the previous 16 meetings between the sides.

Inter are the reigning Serie A champions and they are the favourites at 5/4 with Planet Sport Bet to chalk up another victory over their rivals.

Milan, though, look a different proposition this campaign and their early season form has made them serious title contenders for the first time in recent years.

Last weekend's 2-1 win at Roma made it an impressive 10 wins from 11 league matches so far for Stefano Pioli's team.

"The strength of this team is awareness, they know they are young but also ambitious," Pioli told Sky Sport Italia after his side's 1-1 Champions League home draw with Porto on Wednesday.

"From tonight we will think about the derby, it is very important for our ranking, for the atmosphere at the club and for our dreams."

Pioli does have a potential problem at left-back, though, with regular starter Theo Hernandez suspended.

Back-up Fode Ballo-Toure is struggling with an ankle injury, meaning Pierre Kalulu looks likely to slot in on the left side.

Kalulu did replace Ballo-Toure in last month's defeat to Porto in Lisbon.

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Inter, however, do not look particularly well placed to take advantage, with the more defensive minded Matteo Darmain likely to play on the right of a five-man midfield.

Third-placed Inter are seven points behind their rivals and have lost just once in the league.

That came against sixth-placed Lazio last month when Inter gave up a 1-0 lead to lose 3-1.

Milan look a more capable outfit than Lazio and if they can repeat their recent form they may well get one over their cross-city rivals at a tasty-looking 15/8.

Napoli v Hellas Verona (Sunday, 5pm)

Verona are one of the division's form teams with only one defeat in their last six games. That came against AC Milan last month when they surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2.

But on closer inspection their solid form comes from a home record which has seen then win four of their six matches.

Away from home, Igor Tudor's men have not been quite so impressive and are still awaiting their first victory. They have picked up three draws and will be kicking themselves at letting their advantage slip at the San Siro last month.

Scoring goals away from home has not been the problem. They have scored eight goals on their travels, but have also conceded 10 times.

That makes them a decent proposition with regards to a BTTS bet. In fact, they have failed to score just once away from home - against Bologna.

Leaders Napoli for their part have been brilliant at home and have five wins from five. Their rearguard has also been tight with just one goal conceded - in the 2-1 win over Juventus.

But with Nikola Kalinic, Gianluca Caprari and Antonin Barak all on the goal trail this season they look a good bet to score and the 3/4 about BTTS looks the way to go.

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