The Betpal Football Bet of the Day takes in a Coppa Italia game for the first time this season, with Lazio hosting Siena. The Rome based club rose a place in Serie A without a ball being kicked this week, but have been in strong form for the last few weeks. Can they maintain it versus Siena?
Match: Lazio v Siena
Bet of the Day: Back Lazio -1.5 on the Asian Handicap
Best Odds: 2.62 with Pinnacle
Kick Off: 14:00 19/12/2012 (GMT)
Lazio have been very strong at home this term, winning seven of nine. They have also begun to get some their best results recently, beating city rivals Roma at home, as well as Inter. The hosts are strong favourites then, particularly with the goal scoring return of Miroslav Klose to boost morale further last weekend. The short odds on offer however, lead us to look beyond the standard match odds market, and the handicaps look to have some value. While Lazio have been winning their home games, they have only won two by two goals or more – but the form of the visitors makes it look likely they will win a third here. Siena are rooted to the foot of Serie A, and while the cup might be a welcome distraction, it is not going to be their biggest priority. Likewise, with goal difference not relevant, the are more likely to be positive (and therefore open) in the closing stages of the game, should the scoreline remain close. The main reason to look to the handicap however, is the horrible run of recent form that Siena have suffered. They have lost 3-1, 3-1, and 4-1 in their last three outings (two of which were at home) and a recent purple patch versus weak opponents is long gone. They have lost four of the last eight by two or more and an in-form Lazio can put them to the sword once more.
Football Bet of the Day
Back Lazio -1.5 on the Asian handicap with Pinnacle at 2.62.