Serie A betting preview: Lazio present real threat to champions’ unbeaten record

Inter’s bid to retain their crown has got off to a solid start and a visit to an Immobile-inspired Lazio promises goals - but maybe not points.

Italy's dreams of winning the UEFA Nations League may have been crushed by Spain, but that will quickly be forgotten as top-flight soccer returns to Serie A this weekend.

In the capital, Lazio host defending champions Inter Milan on Saturday evening, while Sunday brings us Napoli against Torino, and Juventus hosting Jose Mourinho's Roma.

Lazio vs Inter Milan (Saturday, 5pm BST)

Ciro Immobile Sept21 Lazio

At the Stadio Olimpico, reigning champions Inter Milan roll into town still unbeaten despite losing several big names over the summer.

They currently sit third, four points off the summit, but boast an impressive 22 goals from their seven games - the most in Serie A.

Lazio have European aspirations of their own and are sixth, ahead of three sides on goal difference and a point behind Fiorentina in fifth.

Roared on by their ultras, they boast an unbeaten home record and have scored at least two goals in all of those fixtures. They are 6/5 to score first and it's 10/3 for top scorer Ciro Immobile to be the man who gets it.

Inter are averaging over three goals a game, so while we are steering clear of picking a winner, more than 4.5 goals is an attractive option at around 16/5.

Napoli vs Torino (Sunday, 5pm BST)

Victor Osimhen Napoli Sep21

Napoli last won Serie A all the way back in 1990, but with seven games of this season gone, are already staking their claim to end those 31 years of hurt. They sit atop the pile with seven wins from seven games and have conceded just three goals.

There is a strict ban on taking God's name in vain in Italy, and opponents Torino may want to remind themselves of that upon reading those numbers, but there is reason not to give up all hope. Their own defence has conceded just seven times, and they went through the entirety of September unbeaten.

What is interesting is Torino's tendency to be involved in late goals; they have lost seven points through goals shipped in the final 15 minutes, and all but two of their own strikes have come after the hour-mark. You can get 12/1 on the first goal being scored between 61 and 70 minutes.

Napoli top scorer Victor Osimhen is the player most likely to break the deadlock having bagged seven goals already this season. He's 13/5 to score the first goal.

Juventus vs Roma (Sunday, 7.45pm BST)

Paulo Dybala Juventus Sep21

Jose Mourinho has enjoyed a more-than-acceptable start to life in the Eternal City, and he brings his charges north to face Juventus with a record of five wins from seven games. That sees them comfortably into the Champions League spots but already six points off pace-setters Napoli.

Meanwhile, despite enduring a nightmare start to the season that at one point had them all the way down in the relegation zone, Massimiliano Allegri's Juve are fighting back. Three wins from their last four have pushed them back into the conversation, and they are now seventh.

Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata will need to find a way through Mourinho's defence, but if they can, Juve to win to nil at 11/4 holds some appeal.

Roma have several potent attacking threats themselves, with captain Lorenzo Pellegrini their top scorer this season, with seven goals.

He can be backed to score anytime at 17/4.

However, this has the look of a game neither team will want to lose and the draw looks the way to go at 5/2.

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