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Serie A Betting: Genoa vs Sampdoria

Serie A Betting: Genoa vs Sampdoria

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Sampdoria travels to Genoa in the Derby della Lanterna in Serie A's only game on Monday. Kickoff is at 2:45pm EST and the hosts are slightly surprising underdogs today to win.

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The Derby della Lanterna is usually one of the better ones in Italy as fans of both clubs are extremely passionate to say the least. This game was recently rescheduled for Monday after supporters threatened to boycott the match, which was initially slated for lunchtime on Sunday.

Genoa is 5-2-3 at home this season, is five points ahead of today's opponents, beat Sampdoria 3-0 earlier in the campaign, and still finds itself as the underdog with odds of 2.80 being offered for the win.

I like this selection as the Rossoblu are coming of a 3-3 draw away to Fiorentina last week, which followed a 2-0 win at home over Inter Milan. They have also won six of the last nine meetings between the two, and at those odds it offers fairly decent value in the 1x2 selections.

A draw is being listed at an even 3.00 over at William Hill, while the double draw result is at 4.33.

A Sampdoria win is favoured slightly by bookies at 2.70. The Blucerchiati are coming of a 1-1 draw at home against Bologna and they currently find themselves 15th on the 20-team table. They will need to shore up their defence as they've conceded a dismal 1.52 goals per match this season. 

For a correct goal scorer market pick, consider a Gilardino goal today at 2.20. The Italian international has nine goals on the season, which is good enough for 10th in the scoring charts. He is the penalty taker for the team and has two goals from the spot in the last four games.

The both teams to score pick is at 2.00, which I like given the intensity of a derby atmosphere.