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Leaders Milan to have difficulty retaining Serie A lead

| 20.02.2011

AC Milan need to keep winning if they are to keep the chasing pack at bay at the head of the Serie A standings, but this is easier said than done as they travel to Chievo next.

Chievo have avoided defeat in all of their last nine league games at home, but have only won two of their last 12 games in the Italian top flight.

However, Milan have beaten Chievo in all of their last eight league encounters and are 5/6 to secure victory again.

Chievo are 7/2 to triumph, with the draw priced at a decent 12/5 in the Serie A betting.

Clean sheets have also proved a feature of the recent good form of both sides and therefore it may be worth taking advantage of the 4/6 that fewer than 2.5 goals are scored in the clash.

Goals may not also be abundant as second-placed Napoli host Catania, but Walter Mazzarri’s men should have the firepower to land the spoils.

Napoli’s betting odds are 2/5 to beat Catania, which would extend their run to eight successes in the eight home games against the team still looking for their first away win of the campaign.

Furthermore, Napoli have not conceded in the last six of these victories and have shut out their opponents on nine of their last 11 league games this season.

Napoli are 5/4 in the Serie A betting to win to nil, while it is 5/6 that a maximum of two goals are scored.

Elsewhere in Serie A, Juventus are 4/6 to win at Lecce to continue their revival in form with their third victory on the bounce.

They are also unbeaten in seven games against Lecce, with the hosts currently in the middle of a four-game sequence without a home win.

Alessandro Matri has three goals in as many games since signing for Juventus in the January transfer window and he is 5/1 to score the opening goal.

A £25 stake on AC Milan beating Chievo 2-1 would return £175. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.