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Serie A round 2 preview: Napoli look to maintain winning start to season

14:05 BST 22/08/2018
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Coach Carlo Ancelotti set to face former side AC Milan in first home game as Napoli boss

The big ties are coming thick and fast in Italy’s Serie A right now. Following on from the first round of matches which saw Lazio narrowly lose to Napoli, this week sees last season’s first and second place teams play crunch fixtures before the month of August is even out.

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Last season’s league runners up Napoli welcome AC Milan to their San Paolo home for their first match in front of their own fans this season. This, however, will be the curtain raiser for the Rossosneri – their match last week against Genoa was postponed following the bridge tragedy during the previous week.

As a result, it may find Milan some time to find their rhythm, and it could be a rude awakening to the new season for them. The former European champions are not expected to challenge for the league title over the coming months, having been priced out at 17.00 to win the league for the first time since the 2010/11 season.

Napoli, for their part, edged a 2-1 win away to Lazio last weekend and will be looking for a more convincing performance in front of their own fans. They came close to catching Juventus last term and will be keen to keep on their coat-tails once again.

And it is Napoli who come into this match as the clear favourites to seal all three points. You can back Ancelotti’s side at just 1.60 to make it two wins in as many games, with visitors Milan all the way out at 5.25, according to Oddsshark .

Under 2.5 goals comes in at 2.10, giving you the chance to doubly your money, as Ancelotti will look to keep it tight on his home debut.  Comfortable, 2-0 win is priced t 8.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$40 pay out.

Juventus need to put in more dominant showing on home soil

And defending champions Juventus survived a scare away to Chievo in their opening game to eventually claim all three points. The Old Lady came from behind and needed an injury time goal to win a thrilling game 3-2, and now host Lazio in the second round of the new campaign.

This is shaping up to be one of the games of the weekend, and Lazio will be wanting to get their first points on the board after a home defeat to Napoli last time out. What Chievo showed is that there are chinks in the Juventus armour, and with Ciro Immobile firing on all cylinders the club from the capital will look to exploit them – their biggest concern, however, will be keeping new Juventus arrival Cristiano Ronaldo at bay for the duration of the clash.

And with home advantage, Juventus are red hot favourites to win their second league encounter in a row. The champions are at just 1.36 to collect all three points, with Lazio all the way out at 8.50.

And with Juventus looking to exert their dominance there could be a quick fire start on the cards. The Old Lady are at 6.00 to be ahead within the first 10 minutes, while a comprehensive 3-0 win for the champions is priced at 9.00, thereby offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment.

Roma also looking for convincing win

And finally, after a late goal gave them all three points away to Torino last time out, AS Roma play their first home game of the new season against Atalanta. The visitors however will be brimming with confidence after putting four past newly promoted Frosinone last Monday evening.

With Edin Dzeko leading the line for the Romans, however, they could be in the mood to inflict a rout of their own. Roma come in as clear favourites to pick up a second league win on the bounce and are priced at just 1.72 to do so.

Despite their goal fest last time out, Atalanta are at 4.50 to take all three points in the capital, with a draw only slightly lower at 3.75.  1-0 win, like Roma managed last time out, is priced competitively at 7.50.

Serie A round 2 fixtures:

Saturday, 25 August

(1.36) Juventus x Lazio (8.50); draw (4.75)

(1.60) Napoli x AC Milan (5.25); draw (4.00)

Sunday, 26 August

(2.05) Spal x Parma (3.60); draw (3.30)

(2.45) Cagliari x Sassuolo (2.80); draw (3.30)

(1.44) Fiorentina x Chievo (7.00); draw (4.33)

(3.00) Frosinone x Bologna (2.50); draw (3.00)

(2.00) Genoa x Empoli (3.75); draw (3.40)

(1.50) Inter Milan x Torino (6.00); draw (4.33)

(2.25) Udinese x Sampdoria (3.20); draw (3.25)

Monday, 27 August

(1.72) Roma x Atalanta (4.50); draw (3.75)