Serie A Matchday 27 betting preview: Napoli continue flying high

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Following the completion of the Coppa Italia last week and the tying up of loose ends in the league over the weekend, Italian football is back in full force, with Matchday 27 set to be played from Monday to Wednesday.

It's the start of an incredibly busy period for Serie A, and we'd like to profit on it. Let's take a look at some of the best bets for this week's matches, with odds courtesy of theScore Bet.

Napoli (-115) at Hellas Verona (+270), Draw (+225)

A top-four finish remains a long shot for Napoli, with 12 points separating them from Atalanta and 12 matches remaining. It's not entirely out of the question, but the margin for error is thin. At least Napoli should be armed with plenty of confidence for this final third of the season after winning the Coppa Italia over Juventus nearly a week ago.

This is a good spot for them. Having already played two matches since the restart, they've shaken the majority of the rust off, and they've had some time to recover physically and mentally since their Coppa win. Verona, meanwhile, will be struggling a bit for fitness and sharpness - they just played their first game back Saturday following a three-and-a-half-month layoff.

It can't be overstated how big an advantage that is for Napoli. They will be playing with plenty of urgency and should defeat a Hellas side that will be without the suspended Fabio Borini. The striker, who's been an integral part of the side since joining in mid-January, was sent off in Saturday's win and will be missed greatly in attack.

Pick: Napoli (-115)

Parma (+190) at Genoa (+130), Draw (+215)

Pushing for a spot in Europe to cap off an excellent campaign, Parma travel to take on a Genoa side that's struggled a great deal this season and now finds itself in the thick of the relegation scrap.

Parma just played at the weekend, while this will be Genoa's first match in over 15 weeks, and the Rossoblu have lost seven of their 12 home matches at Stadio Luigi Ferraris this season. Parma have won all three of their matches over Genoa since returning to the top flight - including a 5-1 home win this season and a 3-1 victory in Genoa last year - and are good value to maintain that perfect record Tuesday.

Pick: Parma (+190)

Udinese (+210) at Torino (+120), Draw (+205)

This is a massive relegation six-pointer with both clubs situated slightly above the drop zone. Torino returned to the pitch Saturday, earned a point against Parma, and now get a big opportunity to pull away from the cluster near the bottom of the table.

Both sides have a bit of breathing room between them and the bottom three, giving this match the feel of one neither club will want to lose. Neither can afford to drop it, either. Torino won just two of their last 10 matches at home, and while Udinese have struggled on their travels, six of their eight away losses this season came against clubs in the top nine. Against the rest of the league, they own a more respectable 2-3-2 away record and will be able to put up enough of a fight to leave Turin with a point.

Pick: Draw (+205)

Full card:

  • Fiorentina/Brescia draw (+310)
  • Napoli (-115)
  • SPAL/Cagliari draw (+210)
  • Parma (+190)
  • Torino/Udinese draw (+205)

Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for theScore. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter @alexjmoretto.

Serie A Matchday 27 betting preview: Napoli continue flying high
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