Lazio vs. Hellas Verona Soccer Picks for Italian Serie A

Nikki Adams

Sunday, March 22, 2015 4:01 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 22, 2015 4:01 PM UTC

Lazio and Hellas Verona collide in Sunday's round of Serie A betting. With soccer odds in full swing, join us as we preview this match and serve up choice soccer picks.

Lazio Hot Faves
Lazio enter their Serie A odds clash as significant -225 favourites to win outright against Hellas Verona, a soccer betting outlook underscored by their lofty credentials this season. Lazio are in third place after 27 rounds of Serie A with a 15-4-8 record and 49 points. They have a three-point edge over Napoli and a four-point edge over fast advancing Fiorentina. Most importantly, they only trail a point behind city rivals Roma. And a win over Hellas Verona this weekend could potentially see them into the top two.


Lazio's Enjoying Banner Season
As it is, Lazio is the most in-form side in Serie A in recent weeks, riding a five-game winning streak. Their form is significantly better than either league-leading Juventus and second-placed Roma in the last five games. Crucially, they've earned this run of form on the back of some solid wins. Namely, beating Fiorentina 4-0 at home and Torino 2-0 on the road.

During this run, Lazio have produced four clean sheets (1-0 over Udinese and 3-0 over Sassuolo including the aforementioned wins over Fiorentina and Torino), and combined for 11 goals netted and just one conceded (in a 2-1 win over Palermo). Those are some hefty stats indeed.

Quite rightly, it's impossible to argue with such form and momentum. And soccer bettors are going to be hard pressed to find reasons to go against Lazio this weekend on their soccer picks.


Can Hellas Verona Punch Above Their Weight class?
Hellas Verona are the clear underdogs in this clash, trading at whopping +900 on the soccer odds board. The Gialloblu aren't as awful as their soccer odds would suggest, they are in the midst of a modest season. Importantly, they are almost ten points clear of the relegation zone. However, they are nowhere nearly as good as they were last season when they finished in tenth place. And, certainly, nowhere nearly as good as Lazio are this season.

Hellas  Verona are sat in 14th place with an 8-8-11 mark and 32 points. Home form is an encouraging 5-3-5 while road form is a subpar 3-5-6. Indeed, it's road form that has let them down this season.

That being said, Gialloblu are up to ninth in the Serie A form table having gone 2-2-2 in their last six games; 1-1-1 both at home and on the road. Most recently, they stunned Napoli 2-0. And prior to that they held both Roma and Milan to the draw.

This recent spate of positive results suggests that Hellas Verona are capable of punching above their weight class against top-tier clubs in Italy. Conversely, all those signature results were gained during a poor run of form by Napoli, Roma and Milan. How much of it then is down to Hellas Verona rising to the occasion or down to those clubs simply struggling on form is debatable.

Still, one can't take it away from the Gialloblu. The key thing to note is they have form going into this game and they are sure to draw some confidence from those results when they take on Lazio in the nation's capital.


Soccer Betting Verdict:
Lazio's form is undeniable right now, which makes them our choice soccer pick at -225 to win outright.

That said, we have to concede that Hellas Verona can be tougher to beat than the odds makers are suggesting. Bolstered by the win over Napoli before their home fans, they just might fancy their chances of giving Lazio a run for their money. That makes them dangerous floaters. The outright win at +900 may be a bit of a long shot soccer pick, but the draw at +375 warrants some consideration. For upset thrill-seekers, perhaps, hedging your bets on either outcome is the better option for your soccer picks: the double chance bet, Verona or Draw at +220.

Soccer Picks: Lazio at -275 at 5Dimes

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