With Roma at 2/5 to beat Catania on Sunday (19:45 GMT) you might think there are no betting tips opportunities in this Serie A match, but you would be wrong.
Roma endured a disappointing 2011/12 campaign, with Spanish coach Luis Enrique unable to successfully transpose the ‘Barcelona model’ to the Italian capital. The result was a seventh place finish and a return to the drawing board.
In their hour of need Roma turned to the flamboyant Zdenek Zeman, fresh from leading Pescara to promotion in swashbuckling style, the Delfini scoring 90 goals – 27 more than any other team in the division – over the course of the campaign. It will be Zeman’s second spell at the club, the first yielding thrilling scorelines yet only fourth and fifth place finishes.
Zeman has already made a number of moves in the transfer market to retune this Roma side to his liking and they have been impressive in pre-season. Question marks persist over the defence, but with a large array of attacking talent they look capable of outscoring the vast majority of opponents.
Catania, too, have a new coach: Rolando Maran replacing Vincenzo Montella on the Sicilian club’s bench. The majority of the squad that finished 11th last season return, but their first eleven is unlikely to be a match for a motivated Roma keen to put down a marker of their intentions for the season.
Betting Tip: However, with Zeman’s preference for all out attack, betting on over 2.5 goals (13/20 at Bet365 Online Bookmaker) offers better value than the Roma win (2/5) and is therefore our pick for this match.
Bet365 odds on the Serie A game:
2/5 Roma, 7/2 Draw, 7/1 Catania