As the favorite to win the entire competition, Juventus should be able to take care of Trabzonspor will little resistance. Check out our soccer picks for the first leg of this tie.
The Old Lady are the biggest favorites of the entire Europa League slate this week. They're trading at anywhere from -550 to -650 at the top sportsbooks, with Trabzonspor as high as +1700 and a draw ranging from +550 to +650.
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Not only is Juventus running away with the Serie A, they're also In prime position to win the Europa League. Sportsbooks currently have The Old Lady listed as the overall favorite at +320 to win the competition.
Domestically, Juventus has been magnificent. They've already built up a nine-point lead atop the table and are showing no signs of slowing down.
We got a little taste of that dominance in The Old Lady's recent 3-1 home win over Chievo Verona. Kwadwo Asamoah, Claudio Marchisio and Fernando Llorente were the goalscorers in the win at Juventus Stadium.
This is a team that could very easily challenge for the honors in the Champions League, so they should be able to emerge as the last ones standings in the second-tier competition.
The likes of Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba started on the bench over the weekend, so both figure to return to the starting XI for this European clash, with Llorente, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo also in the mix to feature.
The Super Lig has not been kind to Trabzonspor this term and now they have to contend with one of Europe's best in the Europa League. This could make or break the Turks' campaign.
Right now Trabzonspor is in ninth place in the league, and are 17 points back of league-leading Fenerbahce. They've gone without a win in four straight matches ahead of Thursday's fixture.
Olcan Adin and Emre Gural both pace the team with seven league goals to their name, while Paulo Henrique (six) has also made an impact. Henrique is a powerful Brazilian who's made a good impact at Trabzonspor.
There's a couple other names that should stand out to the casual soccer fan. Florent Malouda, who's been plying his trade for Trabzonspor since moving on from Chelsea, has scored five goals in 18 total appearances for his new club.
Then there's Jose Bosingwa, who also played for the Blues before leaving for a new adventure. He's been a fixture in the defense for the Turks, but will certainly have his hands full with an explosive Juventus attacking force.
Europa League Pick
This one could get out of hand very quickly.
Not only has Juventus been in fine form all season, they're at home and will be facing a Trabzonspor outfit that's had a lot of hardships in their league campaign. This match has all the makings of a walk in the park for the home side.
Juventus has been terrific inside their own building, winning all 12 of their league matches and posting a goal differential of +28. What's more, Trabzonspor hasn't won away from home in Super Lig since November, so their away form has been shocking.
As there's little value in a straight up money-line play, we recommend backing a win for The Old Lady by at least two goals for your soccer picks, which is listed at a much more reasonable price offering. You can find that handicap at -115 at most soccer betting sites.
Soccer Pick: Juventus 3 Trabzonspor 0