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The Derby della Lanterna plays host to a strange pattern whereby, despite the sides sharing the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, their meetings are never won by the designated home team, with the most recent seven ending as either draws or “away” victories.
That streak should continue as Genoa are six places higher in the Serie A table despite playing a game less and are tied with Juventus as the least-beaten Serie A club with one loss in seven outings.
Three of the last four were draws though and another is probable because Sampdoria have seen off their slump with a pair of 1-1s against Palermo and Pescara.
Borussia Monchengladbach are Bayern Munich’s bogey side having avoided defeat in all four of their clashes over the past two seasons, prevailing in two of them. Their chances of extending that outstanding run are boosted by catching the champions at a time when their form is unremarkable.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have drawn their last two Bundesliga matches, being held 1-1 by Koln and 2-2 by Frankfurt, and required an 88th-minute winner at lowly Hamburg in the one before that.
They wouldn’t have cleared a one-goal handicap in any of those contests, so the Foals have to be fancied at odds-against with a two-goal headstart.
The combination of Real Sociedad’s improving record at home, winning two in a row, and Alaves’ gradual descent after a lightning start – they have triumphed once in five fixtures – sees the hosts rated odds-on favourites but, whatever the full-time outcome, they shouldn’t be ahead at the break.
Newcomers Alaves are yet to suffer a first-half reverse – P8 W2 D6 L0 – which is an exceptional achievement when you consider that they have travelled to Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Sevilla already. They led the champions 1-0, were 1-1 at the Mestalla and goalless in the other two.