Pescara ended a four match non-winning streak with victory over Parma last weekend but will find it difficult to repeat that result when they host Serie A league leaders Juventus on Saturday (7.45pm GMT).
Pescara were promoted to the top flight as Serie B champions but following a number of key departures over the summer struggled in the early weeks of the season, losing each of their first three matches, conceding three goals on each occasion.
A draw followed by two victories at the end September suggested they had perhaps turned a corner, but they then went on to lose three of their next four matches. A 2-0 win over Parma last time out again displayed promise, but Juventus, Roma and Napoli now await in three of their next four matches.
Pescara’s primary problem has been scoring goals. They have managed just eight – the worst in Serie A – and have failed to score in six of their 11 matches to date. They were prolific scorers in their promotion campaign, but Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne (scorers of 46 goals between them) returned to their parent clubs in the summer and have not been adequately replaced.
Juventus have had no such problems in front of goal, scoring a league-high 23 goals so far this season. Their incredible unbeaten run was finally brought to an end at 49 matches by Inter Milan last weekend, but they are still one point clear at the top and have played some excellent football at times.
The Old Lady had won five consecutive league matches prior to that defeat and have emerged victorious in four one of their five Serie A away matches so far this season.
Betting Tips Verdict: Pescara have lost three of their five home matches in 2012/13 and have really struggled to score since their return to the top flight. Juventus have a good defence, a potent attack and a superb away record and can be confident of securing a comfortable victory on Saturday.
- Therefore, back Juventus -1.5 on the Asian Handicap @ best odds of 57/50 with BetVictor.