Juventus-Udinese Betting Preview: Backing Giovinco to ensure plenty of goals

The Serie A leaders have surrendered their commanding lead after a couple of disappointing results, but Al Hain-Cole thinks the former Parma man will get them off the mark
Juventus have endured a shaky start to 2013 by their very high standards, winning neither of their opening Serie A games to let their lead at the top of the table slip from eight points to three.

Lazio may have bridged that gap by the time the Old Lady kick off against Udinese on Saturday, so they will be desperate to maintain some breathing space at the summit with their first three points since the winter break.

Despite their mini-wobble, the champions are clear 1/3 (1.33) favourites to return to form with a win here.

The visitors are undefeated in six in the league, but have lost 13 of their last 17 in Turin, and are unfancied at 9/1 (10.00) to continue their impressive form with a win.

Only five of the last 35 encounters between these teams have ended in a draw, but you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on this one ending up all square.

Not only have the lucky fans at the Juventus Stadium seen their team lose just three times since the new ground was opened at the beginning of last season, they have not been short of entertainment either.

Goals are usually guaranteed when Antonio Conte's men are at home, where at least three have been scored in eight of the last 10 fixtures.

Considering that tally has been exceeded in five of the last six meetings between this pair, odds of 7/10 (1.70) are surely too good to pass up on over 2.5 going in on Saturday.

One man who particularly loves Juve's home ground is Turin native Sebastian Giovinco, who has hit seven of his 10 goals this season in his team's own back yard.

The diminutive attacker has scored in six of the last seven on home turf, and is great value at 9/2 (5.50) to hit the first goal against a defence he breached twice in the reverse fixture in September.

Over 2.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70) with Bet365
Sebastian Giovinco to score first at 9/2 (5.50) with Bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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