Bet on Serie A leaders AC Milan being frustrated by an old enemy

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After falling nine points behind AC Milan following defeat to Udinese last week, Inter Milan are relying on a favour from old midfielder Diego Simeone when his new side Catania host the Serie A table-toppers tonight, and the draw is a tempting bet at 5/2.

The Rossoneri’s recent form has been underwhelming, their only victories in their last five outings coming unconvincingly against Cagliari and Cesena, and Sicily is a very difficult place to visit, with Juventus and Inter the only teams to beat them at home since the start of 2010.

Eight of their last ten league encounters at the Stadio Angelo Massimino have had under 2.5 goals and appealing odds of 4/6 are available on a repeat, while 1-1 is an attractive correct score option at 5/1.

In terms of goalscorer betting, Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to impress even when his AC Milan team-mates underperform so with four goals already this year, consider the 7/2 on the Swede scoring first.

That match is the second half of a double header of Saturday night Italian action on ESPN which kicks off with the 5pm clash between slumping Lazio and a Fiorentina side still waiting for their first away win under former Biancocelesti left back Sinisa Mihajlovic.

They have drawn five of their ten on the road under the Serbian tactician though and with Lazio well out of sorts, as illustrated by last Sunday’s disappointing 3-1 loss to cash-strapped Bologna, and missing Andre Dias and Mauro Zarate through suspension, another is likely at 11/5.

Valon Behrami is set to make his Viola debut in this game, probably as a substitute, against the fans that once considered him a hero following his Rome derby winner in 2007-08. The Swiss midfielder is 20/1 to haunt his ex-employers with the first goal this evening.

A £25 stake on a draw double would provide a £255 profit. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Craig Kemp

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