Serie A Betting: Juventus vs. Parma

Nila Amerova

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 5:37 PM GMT

Parma are riding good form ahead of their date with Juventus nonetheless, according to sportsbooks, they are the long shot soccer pick to deliver the upset in Turin. Can Parma turn the odds in their favour or are the odds makers right after all?

Parma enjoying good form
Sportsbooks send Parma into their clash with Juventus at the significant disadvantage despite good form.

Parma are riding good form ahead of their clash with league-leading Juventus. Since the start of the second half of the season, Parma have reeled off eight wins and three draws – an extension of an undefeated run that began on November 11 with a 1-1 draw to Lazio. The only blight on this run of form was a defeat to – ironically – Lazio but that was in Coppa Italia. As far as their league output is concerned, they’ve been rather impressive.

In fact, their away record in the second half of the season is untouchable with five straight wins and three clean sheets. Included in this run of form is a 4-2 victory over a hapless AC Milan at the San Siro in the week 28 Serie A bettingwhat was an upset in terms of conventional wisdom but not so much of an upset given AC Milan’s woes this season.

As a result, Parma are sat pretty in fifth place in the table just four points shy of Fiorentina and with a game in hand. Overall form reads 12-11-5 and 47 points, which includes a 6-7-2 record at home and an equally comparable 6-4-3 record on the road.

Yet, Parma enter their clash with Juventus at Hail Mary soccer odds, at +800 to win outright while even the draw is listed at far-flung +400 soccer odds at Bet365. This doesn’t mean that odds makers aren’t buying what Parma are selling per se. On the contrary, their form points to a strong finish this season. Perhaps even a Top 3 Finish, although at +8000 futures betting odds it’s a bit of a long shot at the moment. But the fact is that Juventus are in a league of their own and they have the title race practically sewn up at -50000 futures betting odds. And it’s only March. The likelihood of an upset by Parma therefore is exactly that: a Hail Mary.


Juventus have market cornered
Predictably, Juventus have the market for this game cornered on -300 soccer odds at Bet365, which incidentally is a price tag that actually renders them the value soccer pick – by that we mean, the return still worth the investment.

Juventus are riding roughshod over their Serie A counterparts, showing no signs of relenting. They are enjoying a six-game winning streak in league action, five of which are clean sheets, since a 2-2 draw to Hellas Verona on February 9. And this confidence has clearly paid dividends in their European campaign where they advanced into the quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory on aggregate over Fiorentina in R16 of Europa League.

 
Juventus vs. Parma match betting tips and picks:
Without a doubt this is shaping up to be a home banker amidst sports betting circles as Juventus look to sweep the series with Parma this season. In the reverse fixture on November 2, Juventus beat Parma 1-0 on the away. More likely than not, they’ll make it two in a row against the visitors on Wednesday. That’s why they are our recommended soccer pick at -300 to win outright.

This doesn’t mean that soccer bettors should write off Parma entirely. Certainly, their form is good enough to suggest they have a stake in this match. What’s more, they have top ambitions for the season, which would only move in a positive direction if they manage a positive result in Turin. So if you fancy the upset, you could do no worse than backing an in-form Parma at +800 soccer odds or even the draw at +400 soccer odds. Be under no illusion however: Juventus have only lost once this season but not even once at home and so a defeat to Parma in Turin would be a cataclysmic upset.

 Soccer Free Picks: Juventus to win outright at -300; Under 2.5 at +105

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