The round of 16 in the Coppa Italia is underway this week with Parma hosting Catania early Wednesday with a 11:30am EST kickoff. Parma is being favoured by bookies to win.Only separated by two points after 16 matches in the Serie A table this year, the Islanders of Catania travel to Parma for their match in the sweet sixteen of the Coppa Italia.
Parma will be happy to return home after dropping its last two matches on the road to Atalanta and Lazio by identical 2-1 scorelines. Despite losing those games, Parma has proven to be rather formidable at home, having yet to lose a match at the Stadio Ennio Tardini with a record of four wins and three losses, including a 1-0 win over Inter two weeks ago. Parma has potted 10 goals and has conceded under a goal per match (0.75) in those seven contests.
It's primarily because of that strong record at home that Parma is favoured by bookies and pundits to take all the points from the first leg. Uwin.com has the home side currently slated at just over evens with odds of 2.04.
The draw is being listed at 3.25. Catania has drawn four matches on the road thus far in league play, but since the Coppa Italia is only one leg in each round until the semifinals, don't expect Catania to sit content with a bore draw.
The visitors advanced to the last 16 after needing extra time to eliminate Serie B side Cittadella 3-1 in the fourth round. All four of their goals in their two Coppa Italia matches have come after the 73rd minute mark so keep that in mind should you take any of the hexagonal bets. The hex bets let you pick which 15 minute block of time in a 90 minute game a team will score in. Italy is a country notoroious for producing late goals.
An away win in the outrights is being offered at 3.50. Though if you do like Catania, you should likely stick to the 2.55 in the draw no bet offering. If the game is a draw, you get your wager back while landing 2.5+ should Catania win.
I like the under 2.5 here, which is slated for 1.73, though the payout isn't necessarily the best. There have been an average of less than 2.5 goals per game for Parma home matches this year. Consider trying the Parma win to nil result which is sitting at 3.10, or the draw/home result which is at 4.95.
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