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Serie A Weekend Preview

Friday Lazio (Pick) 3-1Inter Milan: A 74th-minute goal from Goran Pandev got Inter back into the match, but Giuseppe Biava and Mauro Zarate won it for Lazio. Hernanes tallied the final goal just before the end. Inter now drops further out of the title race while Lazio draws even on points with Milan for the moment. Saturday Chievo Verona (Pick) vs. AS Roma: Chievo defeated Inter at home two weeks ago, but Roma isn’t floundering like Inter was at the

San Siro

Serie A Players Set Strike for Dec. 11 & 12 Matches

Three months after postponing a strike, players in the Serie A have announced they will finally go on with the planned protest this month when the Italian league’s 16th round of matches are scheduled to be played on Saturday, Dec.

Di Natale

A Seat at the Serie A Table: Match 14

Biggest Rise: Udinese, 11th to 9th Udinese didn’t just make a jump up the table, it made a big leap in its own performance as well. Welcoming a Napoli side sitting third in the table, the home side stormed out

AS Livorno Calcio v US Citta di Palermo - Serie A

Serie A Weekend Preview

Saturday Sampdoria vs. AC Milan: Milan snuck out three points last weekend and has another road test in Sampdoria. This will likely be a tight encounter without many goals, but if it comes down to one brilliant play you can

Daniele Conti

A Seat at the Serie A Table

Biggest Rise: Catania (13th to 10th) Rather than slumping to a home draw with last place Bari, Catania used a Christian Terlizzi goal in the 82nd minute to sneak out a 1-0 victory. This is not an impressive result at

AS Roma's Borriello celebrates with teammate Adriano after scoring against CFR Cluj during their Champions League Group E soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Rome

Serie A Weekend Picks Against the Spread

Best Favorite Pick: Inter Milan (-1/2) at Chievo Verona, Sunday Things haven’t gone so well over the past couple of weeks at Inter between a draw at Lecce, a home loss to hated rival AC Milan, and rumors running wild

Serie A Overview

The highest level of pro football in Italy is the Lega Nazionale Professionisti which provides oversight for the two top leagues–Serie A and Serie B. 20 teams compete in the elite Serie A league while 22 teams comprise the secondary Serie B league. Italian professional football dates back to 1946, and Serie A is considered along with the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga the most important sports leagues in Europe. Also under the auspices of the Lega Nazionale Professionisti is the national club competition, the Coppa Italia and Supercoppia Italiana. Overall, Italian football has ten levels of competition comprising hundreds of teams though most betting takes place on Serie A and to a lesser extent Serie B.

Currently, Serie A is ‘officially’ referred to as ‘Serie A TIM’ due to sponsorship by Italian cellphone giant Telecom Italia Mobile. The season runs from August to May during which each team plays every other team in the league twice, once at home and once on the road. The top four teams in the league qualify for Champions League competition and the fifth and sixth place teams qualify for Europa League play. As is the practice in most European professional leagues, the teams that finish in the bottom three spots on the table are relegated to Serie B. The Serie A championship is often referred to as the scudetto, which translates to ‘little shield’ in English.

As is the case across Europe, Serie A betting is the focal point of the Italian sports betting marketplace. Retail sportsbook outlets run by big players like Ladbrokes and William Hill are commonplace, and there’s also a large demand for online betting outlets. With the exception of England’s Premier League, Serie A football odds are the most important to football betting enthusiasts all across Europe.