Serie A hot pots Juventus, who can be backed at 11/17 for the title, sent out a clear message of intent last weekend. The Old Lady taught Lazio a lesson in the Super Cup, hammering their rivals 4-0 aided by a second half scoring blitz that saw them score three goals in six minutes.
New signing Carlos Tevez, who can be backed at 11/1 to finish the season as Serie A top goalscorer, was amongst the goals on his debut.
However, the test that awaits them in Sampdoria will be entirely different from the free flowing nature of last week’s exhibition-like match. Juve, with last week’s impressive attacking performance firmly in their follower’s minds, have been backed into 5/12 with the hosts at 7/1 and the draw a 41/13 poke.
Samp coach Delio Rossi is a master at organising his teams in order to suffocate more expansive styles of football. Juve will need to be at their brilliant best to break though the Sampdoria defensive wall.
Backing Sampdoria-Draw in the double chance market (you’ll get paid out if Juventus don’t win the game) has to enter calculations at 24/13 but there is a strong possibility that the illustrious visitors could nick a scrappy 1-0, which is also priced attractively at 5/1.
Elsewhere, and like Juventus, Barcelona are all the rage for their domestic league title. The reigning La Liga champions are available at 11/17 to defend their trophy and started the campaign in flashy mood.
The Spanish giants swept past Levante 7-0 in the opening round of La Liga, and although they suffered a minor blip in midweek with a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Super Cup against Athletico Madrid, confidence is high that another high scoring win is on the cards.
This weekend Malaga are tasked with the unenviable job of quelling the threat of Lionel Messi (if he passes a fitness test on a hamstring injury) and Neymar.
This clash provides the perfect opportunity to incorporate the high scoring nature of the match into the outright win bet for Barcelona. To jazz up the value on a straight away win at skinny odds of 3/16, dutching stakes on both 4-1 (25/2) and 4-0 (35/4) look a smart way to lock in some profit.