Juventus soaring high
Juventus continue to soar high in Serie A, at the zenith on the back of an 18-2-1 record and 56 points through 21 laps. They have a six-point edge over their nearest rivals Roma and a staggering 12-point edge over Napoli. Indeed, Serie A soccer betting is down to a two-horse race at the moment between Juventus and Roma, with the former heavily backed across the board in sportsbooks at -900 to win the Scudetto this season.
Predictably, Juventus have the market cornered for their highly anticipated date with Inter Milan at the weekend. They are listed as the firm favourites at -225 to win outright.
Three weeks ago, Juventus owned an eight-point edge in the Scudetto race, underscored by a 4-1 victory over Cagliari. They maintained that edge through week 20 Serie A betting with a 4-2 victory over Sampdoria. However, week 21 proved to be pivotal towards the Scudetto race as Juventus finally leaked points on the back of a 1-1 draw to Lazio. A happenstance Roma gladly embraced, as they extended their winning form to three in a row since their 3-0 defeat to Juventus to start the second half of the season.
With the gap cut to a mere five points ahead of week 22 Serie A betting, and with Roma heavily backed to beat Parma in the nation’s capital at the weekend, the premium on a win over Inter Milan couldn’t be greater for the Turin natives. Lose to Inter and the Serie A race will be well and truly on, shaved down to just two points.
Inter Milan are sat in fifth place on the back of an 8-9-4 record and 33 points; home form stands at 5-5-1, while road form is a mere 3-4-3 to date. Most concerning is a conspicuous drop in recent form which is highlighted by the absence of any victories (across all competitions) since the New Year. They are 0-2-3 in their last five fixtures across all competitions, which include a 0-2-2 mark in league action.
They lost to middleweights Lazio and Genoa and failed to beat lightweights Catania and Chievo – hardly ringing endorsements for their potential to mastermind the upset at Juventus. As such, it’s not surprising that market confidence is low in soccer betting circles and Inter Milan are listed as the +500 underdogs to mastermind the upset. What’s more, the draw is also tipped out of reach at +333, or therein depending on the online betting platform of choice.
Juventus vs. Inter Milan betting tips and picks:
Juventus’ lapse in concentration last weekend is hardly a cause for concern. It was inevitable they would eventually suffer a dip given their nigh flawless form this season that was highlighted by a 12-league-game winning streak going into the Lazio affair. What’s more, it’s better that they did so against a respectable side such as Lazio.
It’s impossible to argue with Juventus as the favourites in this game, especially with home advantage – where they are a perfect 10-0-0 on the season – going for them. Moreover, it’s even harder to serve up Inter for the road upset at +500 when nothing about their current form suggests they are on the cusp of such a massive upset. Still, Inter is a side that offers plenty of attractive players who can beat anybody on a good day. The sheer magnitude and importance of this clash alone could see them rise to the occasion, with the role of spoilers too tempting to pass up – which would also be somewhat accomplished with a draw at +333 mind.
The pressure is entirely on Juventus to underscore their lofty ambitions with a victory over Inter at the weekend. Instead of the enviable privilege of extending their Serie A lead to eleven points they are in danger of seeing it reduced to just two points. A shock defeat to Roma in Coppa Italia followed by a half-hearted draw to Lazio in Serie A could be a sign of more trouble on the horizon. Granted, backing Juventus has proven to pay dividends to soccer bettors so far this season, and nowhere more so than on their hallowed grounds. But this is the most opportune moment for a home defeat and it happens to come just when Inter are slated to visit, a side capable of the upset. As such, we recommend Inter Milan on the outright win at +500 or the draw as the soccer picks.
Soccer Free Picks: Inter Milan to win outright at +500