Having secured a 2-1 win over Hellas Verona on Sunday, Antonio Conte’s men are 4/9 (1.44) favourites with Coral to triumph on a return trip to the northeast city this evening.
New boss Giuseppe Sannino secured his first win at the fourth attempt against Udinese on Saturday and his side are available at 6/1 (7.00) to follow that up with just a second victory over the reigning champions in 21 Serie A encounters.
Four of the last six meetings between these sides have resulted in a draw, and you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them cancelling each other out once again in this one.
Despite winning their second consecutive title at a canter last season, la Vecchia Signora’s success was more a triumph of efficiency than potency, as they only managed to hit the back of the net more than twice in nine of their 38 league fixtures, and only four times on the road.
What really marked Conte’s men apart was a defence that conceded just 24 goals, 12 fewer than the second most miserly team, and that remains the foundation of their game plan at the beginning of this campaign.
I Mussi Volanti are therefore unlikely to throw too many men forward in attack and will hope instead to frustrate their opponents, as they look to rediscover the home form that made the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi such a difficult away ground last season.
The hosts conceded just 16 times in 19 matches in front of their own fans last campaign and have restricted Juventus to just three goals in their last four visits, so goals are unlikely to come easy for the guests tonight.
Sannino came close to frustrating the champions in a 1-0 away defeat while in charge of ultimately-relegated Palermo last season, and odds of 17/20 (1.85) are well worth backing on him masterminding another low-scoring affair this time, with no more than two goals going in.
That bet would have paid out in 11 of Chievo’s last 14 home league fixtures, as well as five of the visitors’ last six on the road, not to mention six of the last seven encounters between the sides at this ground.
|0-2 total goals for a 2pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) with Coral
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