The biggest favorite of the weekend in Serie A action? That would be none other than Roma, who are favored at anywhere from -340 to -400 to secure the three points. Atalanta hasn't been given much of a chance at all, as they're quoted at +1200 to +1200 on the soccer odds board, with a draw (+450) also a longshot to come through.
After a hard-fought loss to Napoli, the Giallorossi have bounced back to win six consecutive matches in the league.
The latest came away from home in a 3-1 triumph over Cagliari. Mattia Destro was the hero of the day, scoring a hat-trick to lead Roma to the crucial three points.
The gap between the Giallorossi and league-leading Juventus now stands at eight points. There's still enough time for Roma to catch up, but a lot would have to go right for that to happen and it appears more and more unlikely with each passing day.
That's not going to stop the Giallorossi from coming out with passion in Saturday's encounter with Atalanta. They tied (1-1) in the first head-to-head meeting, so you know Roma's going to want to prove who the better team really is this weekend.
With the way Destro's been playing, anything seems possible for this team right now. He's scored seven goals over his last six matches and is looking a real threat whenever he touches the ball. Throw in the legendary Francesco Totti and other top-class players like Daniele De Rossi and you can see why the Giallorossi have been so dominant this season.
The Nerazzurri had their winning run come to a halt in a poor 2-0 home loss to Sassuolo. When you consider the fact it was Sassuolo's sixth win of the entire campaign, it was a result to forget for Atalanta, that's for sure.
For a club trying to reach a European spot, there was a shocking lack of urgency. They had a lot of trouble breaking through their opponents well-organized line and could only muster up eight total shots, four of which were on goal.
In the end, a brace from Nicola Sansone condemned the Nerazzurri to defeat, which broke a six-match winning run for the side. Can they get right back to their winning ways this weekend?
Against Roma, we find that highly unlikely. Atalanta has struggled mightily away from home, losing 10 out of their 16 matches outright while logging 13 goals for and 23 against. This certainly doesn't set up nicely for them against a dominant home side like the Giallorossi.
If anyone's going to make something happen for the Nerazzurri, it'll be German Denis, who's scored 11 league goals so far this season. You have to figure they'll have limited goalscoring chance on the whole, so Denis and company will have to be incredibly opportunistic for Atalanta to have any chance of hanging around.
Serie A Pick
Have you seen what Roma has done at home this season? Yeah, we're not about to go against them in this situation.
Mathematically, there's still a chance the Giallorossi could catch Juventus for the Serie A crown, and that little sliver of hope means they should be fully focused on the task at hand each and every time they take the pitch.
Roma will also want to protect their undefeated record at home and they should be able to do just that. That being said, to get the best possible soccer betting value out of our picks, we recommend backing the hosts to win by two or more goals.
Soccer Pick: Roma 2 Atalanta 0