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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Juventus have rediscovered their mean streak

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Joao Miranda and Gonzalo Higuain battle for the ball when Juventus played Inter
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Fiorentina v Milan 11.30am
Milan are having another poor season and their Serie A losing streak could increase to three with a defeat in Florence.

Five of Milan's nine Serie A road trips have ended in losses and they could be weary against Fiorentina after needing extra-time to see off Inter in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday.

Recommendation
Fiorentina
1pt 11-10 Sky Bet

Key stat
Fiorentina have kept four clean sheets in their last five games.

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Inter v Lazio 5pm
Inter's form has tailed off somewhat since they held champions Juventus to a goalless draw in Turin earlier this month and visitors Lazio could spring a minor surprise at the San Siro.

Luciano Spalletti's men were top of the pile following their 5-0 drubbing of Chievo four weeks ago but three league games later they find themselves five points off the pace.

Inter's last two league games have seen them slump to a 3-1 defeat at home to Udinese before slipping up 1-0 at Sassuolo and it's clear that all is not well in the camp.

The hosts' Coppa Italia results highlight the problem and may take some time to overcome. A strong Inter side required penalties to see off third division Pordenone before being dumped out in extra-time in the quarter-finals by bitter city rivals Milan.

The goals have dried up for Mauro Icardi - Serie A's leading marksman has notched just once in his last five appearances - while the dazzling Ivan Perisic is struggling to perform at his impeccable best.

And Lazio, who have lost just one of their nine away league games this term, could be overpriced on their trip to Milan.

Only the league's leading two - Napoli and Juventus - have notched more this season and with Ciro Immobile leading the line anything remains possible.

Lazio were held to a 3-3 draw at Atalanta on their last away trip but there's little shame in that and road wins at Juventus (2-1) and Sampdoria (2-1) - who had won all six of their home league games prior - suggest they are up for the scrap.

Recommendation
Lazio draw no bet
2pts 7-5 Betfair

Serie A standings

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Verona v Juventus 7.45pm
Juventus have rediscovered their mean streak in recent weeks, keeping eight consecutive clean sheets, and they can shut out out lowly Verona at Stadio Bentegodi.

Verona are the second-highest scorers in the bottom seven but they may struggle to break down Juve's vastly experienced rearguard.

Recommendation
Juventus to win 2-0
1pt 5-1 Betfair, Hills

Key stat
Juventus have kept eight clean sheets in a row.

Serie A standings

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