Serie A tips: Allegri's Juventus to struggle; goals galore in Modena

Serie A resumes this weekend after the midweek European action and Juventus could be set for a shock, while the league's entertainers look primed to deliver goals.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is expecting a battle at Venezia, while Torino will be hoping for some home comforts after three games without a win and goals look on the cards at Sassuolo. Matty Briggs takes you through the action.

Venezia vs Juventus, Saturday, 17.00

Massimiliano Allegri has already warned his side what lies in wait against Venezia.

The Juve boss expects a battle on a small pitch, which bar Giorgio Chiellini, none of his players have ever played on.

"It will be a complicated game, Venezia have scored many goals at home," Allegri said at a press conference.

"We must respect them and have their same mentality. We need the right approach and if we match them physically, our technical qualities will emerge.

"It won't be easy. The pitch looks smaller, and none of our players has ever played there except [Giorgio] Chiellini and me, many years ago."

Juventus will also have to switch their mindset back to domestic matters after topping their Champions League group. They have found life in Serie A tough and sit 11 points off leaders AC Milan.

Their recent form has seen them lose just once in five games - against Atalanta. But they did get rolled over at Hellas Verona at the end of October.

With all that in mind the 4/11 about an away win holds little appeal.

Instead, Venezia at 13/2 look a value punt, especially when you consider their home wins over Roma and Fiorentina in the last two months.

They were beaten 4-3 at home by Verona last time out, but as Allegri points out, they do score goals. And they are 14/5 to score the first goal on Saturday.

However, they only have two clean sheets and I Gialloblu do have a tendency to concede too.

But the double chance market is worth a play and you can back Venezia and draw at 2/1 with Planet Sport Bet.

Torino vs Bologna, Sunday, 11.30

Torino have gone three games without a win, but they return to their home comforts this weekend.

The Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino has been a happy hunting ground for them this season. They have won half of their eight home games and they have scored two-plus goals in each of their last four at home.

Ivan Juric's men also have a good defensive record, the fourth-best in the division. Still, 13th after matchday 16 adds up to a disappointing return for Juric who left Verona in the summer for the project in Turin.

Still at 6/5 they are worth backing at home against a Bologna side who have some tough matches around the corner. Sinisa Mihajlovic's men have Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli coming up and they will be under increased pressure to get a victory in Turin.

They are though on a two-match winning run away from home, despite scoring just seven times in as many away games this season.

But with Torino's solid rearguard they are fancied to get the job done by the odd goal.

Sassuolo vs Lazio, Sunday, 17.00

Sassuolo and Lazio are the uncrowned kings of entertainment. Since November, only Atalanta (14) have scored more goals than Sassuolo, while only Venezia (12) have conceded more than the men from Rome.

Alessio Dionisi's Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last four games, which includes a terrific away win over AC Milan and a home draw with Napoli.

They have been improving but are still in the wrong half of the table after an eighth-placed finish last season. And if goals are what you like to see then check into the Stadio Citta de Tricolore because 51 goals have come in their 16 matches.

However, their Rome opponents can top that with a staggering 62 goals in 16 matches.

Lazio have yet to get to grips with Maurizio Sarri's style of play and the results have been inconsistent, but goals have been guaranteed.

Sarri's men did draw a blank in midweek against a defensive-minded Galatasaray. A match that Sarri claimed they had dominated.

"I think we played well, we were just lacking something in the final third, like the last pass or a set play. It was complicated, because Galatasaray didn't really want to play, they just came here to defend," Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

One thing is for sure, Sassuolo will not adopt the same attitude as Gala and goals should be back on the agenda.

So back over 4.5 goals in Modena at 3/1 with Planet Sport Bet.

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