Serie A Soccer Picks: Juventus to Make Easy Work of Verona

Steven Suarez

Friday, January 16, 2015 8:49 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 8:49 PM GMT

It would be quite surprising if Juventus didn't win comfortably over Hellas Verona this weekend. We've examined the soccer betting odds for this Sunday's match and have our top pick ready for reading.

Odds Overview
Shocker alert: Juventus is the heavy soccer odds favorite for this Sunday's league match at home versus Hella Verona. Oh wait, that's not surprising at all.

But, just how bad is the damage? Well, right now The Old Lady can be found at right around -500 to win outright, though some online sportsbooks have the number as high as -600. 

 

Juventus
Everything is going swimmingly for Juventus. They're in first place in the Serie A right now, and find themselves three points ahead of second place. That's not a massive margin by any means, but The Old Lady are certainly in a great spot and are quite rightly the favorites to hold on and win the league trophy.

You'd also have to go all the way back to October to find the last time Juventus ending up on the losing side, so the momentum they've been able to build up shouldn't go unnoticed. A confident team is a a formidable team, and Carlos Tevez and company are sure to be feeling very good about their chances of grabbing another three league points this weekend. After all, they did just face this Hellas Verona team in cup competition and walked away as 6-1 winners.

It seemed like everyone was getting in on the action in the Coppa Italia victory, and that should only boost the mood around the Juventus camp heading into Sunday. 

 

Hellas Verona
It's been far from a highly successful campaign for Hellas Verona, but they at least seem relatively safe from the relegation zone in terms of the Serie A. They're in 13th place right now with 21 points through 18 league fixtures, and they'll carry a negative seven goal differential into Sunday's away match.

We've already discussed the side's recent encounter with Juventus in the Coppa Italia, so let's go back a little further and talk about their recent Serie A results. They actually looked very good in their most recent taste of league action, beating Parma 3-1 at home. Parma has been one of the weakest teams in Italy's top flight this term, but the three points are all that matter at this point for Verona. They're not concerned with who they come at the expense of.

The simple matter of fact is that it's hard to get too encouraged by Verona's chances this season when you consider they've only scored 21 times in 18 league matches. That's a pretty awful rate and looks incredibly dismal compared to Juventus, who have found the back of the net 38 times (an overall goal differential of +29, by far the best in Serie A). Throw in the fact this match is away from home, and you have another recipe for disaster for Verona.

 

Serie A Pick
Let's not overthink this one, as it's clear who the superior team is. 

While there may be slight concern or worry about a possible letdown, at the same time, Juventus knows how important it is to stay on the winning track in order to protect their lead atop Serie A. They've got Roma breathing down their necks, so they simply can't afford to slip up, especially at home against one of the weaker teams in the league.

We don't expect Verona to lose by five goals once again, but it should be another relatively straghtforward victory for the hosts. And, in order to maximize our the value for our soccer picks here, we're going to wager on Juventus winning by two or more goals in order to get a better return. We'd be surprised if the home side didn't grab another three points in style at home.

Pick: Juventus 3 Hellas Verona 0

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