Serie A weekend brief look

The punishments dished out for Calciopoli have triggered a unique season in Italian football. Though Inter have sewn up the title and Roma look booked for second, the absence of Juventus, and the penalties dished out to AC Milan and Fiorentina have opened the door to European football for clubs who’s ambitions have never previously extended that far. The battles for Champions League and UEFA Cup places, and survival scrap at the other end of the table ensure plenty of excitement. PinnacleSports.com’s Asian Handicap pricing – up to 60% than traditional bookmakers – is the smartest way to bet on the action.

Milan Out to Break Roma’s Unbeaten Home Record
Since moving from Real Madrid Milan at the end of January, Ronaldo, has found a new lease of life, and is helping the Rossonerri push for an all important Champions League spot. The Brazilian striker was written off after a poor showing at the 2006 World Cup, where his physical condition was the subject of negative headlines. At Milan, he has been singled out for one-to-one fitness training, which seems to be paying off. He has scored three times since his transfer, and the club released a press statement following training for those players not involved in the international break, stating Ronaldo was the fastest (remaining) player over 30m timed at 4.01secs. Given his ineligibility for the Champions League, Ronaldo will be deployed exclusively in the league, and will spearhead Milan’s attack for the visit to Roma’s, Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night.

Following an excellent season to date, Roma currently have a nine point cushion to their city rivals Lazio in third position, so coach, Luca Spalletti, might be tempted to rest some of his key players, with the Champions League game at home to Manchester United following five days later. Milan have the same distraction, hosting Munich at the San Siro on Tuesday, but for them every point counts, as qualification for next season is so crucial.

The Wolves have lost just once at home in 31 games in all competitions, and are unbeaten in three games this season against Milan and have already beaten them in the capital 3-1 in the Coppa Italia, and 2-1 in Serie A. Captain, Francesco Totti, is on target for his best ever goal tally, having already bagged 18. The visitors are struggling on the road, with just one win from their last five away games. As a result PinnacleSports.com have Roma favourites 2.11 (0/scratch & -0.5) with Milan 1.826 (0/scratch & +0.5). For those punters who like playing the overs, the last four meetings have produced 14 goals, on each occasion covering over 2.5 goals. In that context PinnacleSports.com’s price for over 2 & 2.5 goals at 1.962 looks tempting.

Inter Closing In On Serie ‘A’ Title
Inter Milan will look to take another step towards making the Serie A title a mathematical certainty as they host struggling Parma on Sunday afternoon. The relative form of these clubs couldn’t be more contrasting. Inter are unbeaten at home, while Parma are yet to win on the road. The Gialloblu sacked Stefano Poli at the beginning of February, replacing him with Claudio Ranieri, whose only consideration is saving the club from relegation. Since the Parmalat scandal in 2005, Parma have struggled financially and relegation would be a hammer blow for the club, who were bought by entrepreneur Tommaso Ghirardi, by public auction in January.

Though Parma were knocked out of the UEFA Cup soon after Ranieri took charge, that may prove a blessing in disguise, as their domestic form has improved. They are unbeaten in five Serie A games, drawing the last three on the road, but it is asking a lot of Parma to expect anything from the game against Inter. PinnacleSports.com offer the visitors the benefit of a 1.5 goal handicap, 1.943, with Inter 1.980 (-1.5).

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