Big Favorite Juventus vs. Atalanta Serie A Soccer Pick

Steven Suarez

Friday, February 20, 2015 1:33 PM GMT

Juventus remains firmly entrenched atop the Serie A table, and it'd be a surprise if they didn't grab another win against Atalanta. Our top soccer picks for this league clash can be found inside.

Odds Overview
There's only one Serie A match on Friday and it features the league leaders going up against Atalanta. Current soccer betting odds have Juventus as a massive -500 favorite, with the underdogs quoted in a wide +1500 to +2000 range and a draw at roughly +600 to +650. As you can see, only one resulted appears likely in this situation.

 

Juventus
This team has so many nicknames that it's hard to settle on just one, but we'll go with the Zebras this time around. Juventus continues to be the cream of the crop in Italy, having built up a seven-point lead in Serie A. Recent results have been encouraging too, with the Zebras going unbeaten in nine straight matches across all competitions.

Most recently, however, Juventus couldn't have been all that pleased with a 2-2 draw away to Cesena. They held a 2-1 advantage thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Claudio Marchisio, but Cesena equalized in the 70th minute and the Zebras were unable to find the necessary winner as the match winded down.

Carlos Tevez again has enjoyed another highly productive campaign, having scored 14 league goals for the club, eight more than any other player. Do-it-all midfielder Paul Pogba has been excellent too, and we can't forget about the likes of Morata, Arturo Vidal and Fernando Llorente. And how dare we leave out legendary midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo and one of the best goalkeepers of all time in Gianluigi Buffon and a sturdy defense, too? As you can see, this team is stacked, and that's why they've been doing as well as they are.

 

Atalanta
La Dea, as they're known in Italy, haven't been performing too well in the league, and now they'll have to face off with the best the country has to offer, away from home no less.

Right now, Atalanta is middling away in 16th place in Serie A, with five wins, eight draws and nine losses in 22 matches overall. They've been one of the league's most ineffective teams in terms of finding the back of the net, as they've only scored 19 goals. Only Chievo Verona has been worse in that department.

It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel either, considering La Dea come in having lost four of their last five matches. Last weekend Atalanta lost 4-1 at home to Inter Milan, so spirits aren't exactly going to be sky high heading into Friday's away tie. If La Dea are to  be competitive at all, they'll really have to buckle down defensively, but it's not going to be an easy task to shut down a potent Juventus attack.

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Serie A Pick
It's hard to envision any other outcome but a comfortable win for Juventus. The Zebras have been doing everything asked of them so far and will have the luxury of being at home, where they've still yet to lose a league match this season.

Looking at the home record closer, the Zebras have recorded nine wins, two draws and zero losses in 11 matches on their own pitch, while totaling 30 goals for and only six against. That's quite a dominant record.

Meanwhile, Atalanta is simply trying to avoid relegation and have only managed two wins (and seven total goals) in 12 away matches. Put it all together and we like Juventus to win by at least two goals on Friday - consider such a wager in order to get more bang for your buck with your soccer picks.

Free Soccer Pick: Juventus 3 Atalanta 0

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