TURIN, ITALY - The Juventus scudetto celebrations have been put on hold this weekend following Napoli's 3-0 over Pescara yesterday. The bianconeri still require four points to be certain of back-to-back league titles but nevertheless it's just a matter of time before Antonio Conte wins another title as Juve manager.
The bookmakers have priced up hosts Torino as 5/1 outsiders for victory this afternoon with Coral, Bet365, William Hill among others offering the best industry price. Juventus, who are undefeated in 33 of their last 35 away games in Serie A, are available to back at a standout price of 4/6 for the win with Paddy Power - finally the draw is chalked up at 11/4 with Bet365.
Both managers have played down the rivalry between the clubs in the build up to kick off looking to take the pressure of their players. Torino, despite looking safe for most of the season, find themselves in 16th place and just seven points from safety. An alarming dip in form has seen them look precariously over their shoulder. Just two wins in 10 league games has seen the draw specialists slide down the table.
Giampiero Ventura likes to employ a 4-4-2/4-2-4 that relies heavily on counter attacking and involvement of their wide players Santana and Cerci. Torino will need Alessio Cerci to have one of his better days if they want to take anything from the game, the 25 year-old Italian has scored six times and chipped in with seven assists this season - providing the ammunition for former Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi.
Torino were unfortunate last time out against Fiorentina. They found themselves 3-0 down in a blink of an eye but rallied to draw level at 3-3 but they were denied a draw as la viola scored an 86th minute winner.
However, they can take positives from the game and they have been in good goal scoring form. Their previous three home games in Serie A have been against Napoli, Roma and Lazio and they have found the net against all three (they put three past Napoli but lost 5-3) and I fancy them to score against their neighbours this afternoon.
Both teams to score is chalked up at Evens with Coral, William Hill and BetVictor and is worth a small investment. Paddy Power have clipped in both teams to score to 8/11, so anything Evens or above is excellent value.
I also like the price of 4/1 with Bet365 on Alessio Cerci to score anytime. It looks fair too big, especially if Cerci can maintain his current form. As usual its a minefield when trying to predict a Juventus goal scorer and instead better value lies in the correct score market.
Correct scores of 2-1 and 3-1 Juventus are priced up at 17/2 and 15/1 with BetVictor will give you a good run for your money. Juventus should make it seven league wins on the trot but Torino, despite their poor form, know where the goal is and I'm confident they can score at least one against the champions elect.
Finally the Torino/Juventus outcome in the half time/full time market is overpriced at 28/1 - the hosts have lost the most points from losing positions in the league (24 points) and the 28/1 with Sportingbet and BetVictor is worth a little punt.
The game kicks at 2 p.m. BST on Sunday 28th April 2013 and is live on ESPN HD.