Roma vs. Palermo: Top Serie A Soccer Picks & Odds Breakdown

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:16 PM GMT

Roma is widely expected to close out their Serie A campaign with a win at home. Let's break down the available soccer odds and see how we can maximize our return this weekend.

Odds Overview
One of the biggest favorites on the soccer odds board for Sunday's Serie A action? That would be Roma, who will host Palermo as a rock-solid -240 favorite at most of the sportsbooks.

That obviously means Palermo is a hefty underdog, and the lines confirm that. We see the visitors quoted in a wide +650 to +725 range to get the three points in surprising fashion. A draw (roughly +400) is also considered a longshot.

 

Roma
The Wolves don't have any silverware to show for their troubles, but they've enjoyed another terrific season in the Serie A. No matter the result this weekend, they'll be finishing second behind only Juventus, having recorded 70 points through 37 matches with a goal differential of +24. Not too shabby.

Coming into this weekend's finale, Roma has been in particularly good form too, having won four of their last five matches outright. They've topped Sassuolo, Genoa, Udinese and Lazio, with the most impressive coming most recently against the Eagles. Juan Iturbe and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa scored the goals for Roma in the 2-1 away win this past Monday, a win that ensured them of the second spot in the standings and a guaranteed berth into the Champions League next season.

When we think Roma, there's one name that sticks out, and that's Totti. He's been apart of Roma for his entire career and there's no doubt he's become a legend in Italian soccer. He hasn't been as prolific as he once was, but he's still contributed seven goals and six assists to the cause this season. It's been Adam Ljajic that's led the way scoring-wise, netting eight goals, though Roma's success has mainly derived from its stellar defensive play throughout the campaign. 

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Palermo
Rosanero hasn't had the most glamorous of seasons, but they've steered clear of relegation and have settled in in the middle of the Serie A table. Ahead of the final weekend, the Eagles find themselves in 11th place, with 11 wins, 11 draws and 13 defeats to go along with a -3 goal differential.

Recent form doesn't bode well for Palermo's chances heading into Sunday, however, as they've only picked up one win over their past six matches overall. Last weekend they lost 3-2 at home to Fiorentina, with the winning goal coming in the 78th minute from Marcos Alonso. Palermo's goals from Mato Jajalo and Luca Rigoni ended up being meaningless.

Rigoni (nine goals) has been effective for the Eagles this term, but it's Paulo Dybala that has been the most feared man going forward, as he's scored a team-leading 13 league goals, while also contributing 10 assists. The 21-year-old has a bright future ahead of him, there's no doubt about that.

 

Serie A Pick
Roma is clearly the superior team here, which is why they're priced out as one of the biggest soccer betting favorites of the weekend.

The Wolves have been terrific at home all year long, picking up 10 wins, seven draws and just one defeat in 18 matches. Over that span they've scored 30 times while surrendering just 12 goals, so it's clear they feel very comfortable on their own turf. Expect more of the same here on Sunday against a Palermo outfit that's only won three times away from home in 2014/15.

In order to get more bang for our back, we're going to back Roma for this soccer pick to win by at least two goals, which will help us avoid having to lay such a chalky number on the moneyline. Back the Wolves to get the job done one last time on Sunday.

Soccer Pick: Roma 2 Palermo 0

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