Betting Serie A: Pick Juventus to Bounce Back with a Road Win Against Roma

Nikki Adams

Sunday, August 30, 2015 12:22 PM GMT

Sunday’s top billing in Seria A Roma vs. Juventus practically leaps off the page as a MUST SEE match. Join us as we preview the clash and serve up soccer picks to maximise your thrills.

Scudetto-Defining Clash In Week 2?
It’s only week 2 of Serie A betting, but many soccer bettors feel this could be the match to define the Scudetto race. Juventus are four-time champions in a row, seeking to clinch a fifth overall title this season, which is a soccer pick that can be backed at -150 soccer odds in futures betting markets –a price tag that remains the same since preseason markets went to press

The last two seasons have seen Roma finish runners-up to Juventus, but at a considerable distance behind I Bianconeri on points. Roma are the second favorites as a result, but seeing as they haven’t really been able to give Juve a serious run for their money they opened as the distant +700 second favorites, and one round in and they are trading at +450 to derail Juventus from a quintet in domestic action.

 

Bianconeri Slight Underdogs
It’s not often that the Bianconeri enter a game in Italy’s top flight as the underdogs, even if slightly so. Surely, then, the immediate impulse is to grab them at the disadvantaged price and hope to cash out at the sports betting window when all is said and done. Juventus are priced at +180 to win outright at the Olimpico.

Partly down to the earliness of this clash as well as the road aspect, I Bianconeri are at the disadvantage on the soccer odds board. Form, however, is a bit of a question mark too and has played a hand in their disadvantaged stance.

It was supposed to be a promising start to the campaign when Juventus hosted Udinese in Turin for their Serie A opening bid. Eager to get off the mark with a win, all while sporting a new look without Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo, things didn’t quite go to plan. Instead of what seemed to be a sure win (or as close to it as is reasonably possible in a sports betting context) Juventus opened their season with a shocking 1-0 loss at home to Udinese. A result that sent seismic shockwaves through soccer betting circles because it marked their first defeat in a season home opener since….oh…gosh… before Ante Conte’s era.

It wasn’t their first home loss in as long though. Juventus Stadium may be a tough nut to crack but it’s not impenetrable. Bianconeri’s last home loss was in January 2013 in domestic action, and in the subsequent 48 games they have dropped points five times before last week’s disappointing start to the season.

One has to consider the game itself rather than just the result. Fact is, Juve played rather well during the game and were simply unfortunate to lose.  Chalk it to bad luck and perhaps, even, faulty tactical decision by Max Allegri in how to debut his €100 million-make-over.

 

Roma Favored Notionally
Roma can’t help being Roma as they open their season with a 1-1 draw to Hellas Verona on the road. Roma’s penchant for the draw has been bane of their existence in recent seasons and to start their 2015-2016 campaign on it is of concern. Nevertheless, they enter match day 2 as the slight favorites at +160 to win outright while the draw (you may want to consider It on your soccer picks) is trading at +220.

Roma players were booed off the field by their fans last season on several occasions. Efforts by some of the players to reason with their disgruntled fans at the time were met with stubborn resistance and even disdain. Therefore, to say that expectations run high this season in the nation’s capital is an understatement. They are astronomical. The city is tired of playing second fiddle to Turin and fans are desperate to revive the old glory days.

In some ways, taking on the four-time defending champions Juventus in week 2 of Serie A betting is a cruel twist of the schedule. Despite Juve’s loss last week, there’s plenty of optimism about The Old Lady this season. Some would have them better than last season’s instalment, which isn’t something that can be said in all seriousness about Roma.

What’s more, the Bianconeri have a positive head-to-head record with Roma and when playing in Rome – the last two meetings at the Olimpico between these two sides resulted in a draw and a Juve win. The last time Roma beat Juve was last year’s Coppa Italia. The last Serie A home win over Juve was in February, 2013.

Soccer Betting Verdict
Appropriately, it’s a tight soccer betting line that is on offer for this matchup. Roma have home advantage, but when they consistently flatter to deceive against the Italian standard a home win does seem the least likely result. (That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, though.) More likely than not Roma would serve up another draw at home to Juve, which can be backed at +220 soccer odds. If we were to have just one soccer pick of all these options, it would be Juventus bouncing back with a road win at +180 soccer odds and setting the record straight in Italy’s top flight. They are still the team to beat in Italy in our opinion, which makes it criminal not to tickle them at such tempting prices.

Soccer Picks: Juve +180 at Bet365

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