Serie A Soccer Picks: Juventus vs. Cagliari

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 2:38 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 2:38 PM UTC

Cagliari has mustered up only one victory away from home. That's not a good recipe for success against the best team in the country: Juventus. Join us as we break down the soccer odds for this Serie A matchup scheduled for the 18th of May.

Odds Overview
One of the biggest favorites in Serie A soccer picks this weekend will be Juventus, listed at roughly -400 to get the full allotment of three points on their home pitch. A Cagliari win would result in a hefty profit. They can be found at anywhere from +1000 to +1400 to get the outright victory, with a draw (+600) also unlikely to come through in the eyes of oddsmakers and the general public.

What a season it's been for The Old Lady.

Juventus has been completely dominant in Italy this term. They've compiled a record of 32 wins with only three draws and two losses, which has put them a whopping 14 points clear of second-place Roma.

Even more impressive, The Old Lady have won every single one of their Serie A matches inside Juventus Stadium. They've logged 18 wins out of 18 matches, while scoring 44 goals, and surrendering only nine times.

There have been three players who have scored at least 10 goals for the club in league action this season. Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente have turned out to be worth every penny, scoring a combined 34 goals. Then there's Arturo Vidal, who had 11 goals and five assists on the year.

Don't forget about the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba in midfielder, and the legendary Gianluigi Buffon in goal either. This is an incredibly stacked squad from top to bottom and it hasn't been surprising to see them dominate like they have.


The Rossoblu have managed to avoid relegation, and that's always good news, but on the whole it's been a disappointing year.

After finishing 11th in Serie A in 2012/13, Cagliari has slid down into 15th. The highest they could finish is 14th, but only if the Rossoblu get a shocking win at Juventus and then Genoa lose this weekend. Recent results haven't been too kind either.

Cagliari followed up a 3-0 away defeat to Napoli by falling short at home to Chievo in a 0-1 loss. When you consider Chievo had won just three times away from home heading in, it was a horrific result for the Rossoblu.

Now the side finishes up the season with an immense challenge at Juventus Stadium. Cagliari has mustered up only one victory away from home (1-8-9) and has given up 13 more goals (23) than they've manged to score themselves (10). Not a good recipe for success against the best team in the country.

Serie A Pick
It's tough to make a call on this match, considering both sides could opt to field weaker starting elevens. After all, there's not much to play for on either side of this equation, with Juventus already winning the title, and Cagliari safe from relegation.

A recommendation has to be made though and we feel it's much safer to go with the more talented side. Even if they field some fringe players, The Old Lady will be strong and they'll certainly want to protect their perfect record at Juventus Stadium. The fans have been fantastic for the Italians champions and the players will want to reward them with a great performance to close out the season.

With your soccer picks, take Juventus to win by two or more goals, which should give you a much better return on investment than taking on a pricey money-line play.

Free Soccer Pick: Juventus 2 Cagliari 0

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