Soccer Picks: Juventus vs. Lazio

Nila Amerova

Monday, August 26, 2013 8:58 PM GMT

Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 8:58 PM GMT

Juventus heads into week 2 of Serie A looking to extend their winning form to two in a row, and if soccer betting markets were any indication, they are most likely to do just that. Join us as we breakdown the clash between Juventus and Lazio on Saturday, 31 August, at Juventus Stadium in Torino.


Juventus beat Lazio in Super Cup

Fortunately, we’ve seen this matchup this season already; have a handy preview to turn to for what we might expect the outcome to be and to base our sports pick on. The pair decided the Italian Super Cup a fortnight ago with Juventus running away comfortable winners 4-0 and it stands to reason that they would replicate that winning result again.

It’s no surprise at all therefore that the sportsbooks are sending Juventus into this match as the solid favourites at -275 to win outright at Bet365. As well, Juventus to win both halves is trading at -110 while a draw-Juventus win is going for +260 in the half-fulltime market props.

Predicting the score offers several reasonable options: soccer odds for a 1-0 win and 2-0 win are on offers of +500 and +550, respectively, while 2-1 and 3-0 are listed equally at +750 at Bet365.

Last weekend, Juventus opened the Serie A season with a 1-0 win over Sampdoria. Although the result was a departure from the commanding performance they’d deposited in Super Cup, the reigning champions aren’t complaining, nor are their fans. Sampdoria after all was the only team to beat Juventus twice last season, making them somewhat of a tough ask to begin against, despite the favourable odds on Juventus that were released. Winning was crucial, as sending a message to the rest of the field in order to underscore their short odds of -163 to win the Serie A title. And they got the job done.

The most important take away for the team and upcoming season is the fact that their new acquisitions are blending in nicely. Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez look comfy in their new digs and the latter accounted for the lone goal that gave his side the win.

It wasn’t all good news on the day though as Sampdoria played them tough and should be pleased with their performance even though they have nothing to show for it in the table. In fact, Sampdoria were rather unlucky as they did equalise save for the referee disallowing the goal as an offside effort.

Lazio look to avenge Super Cup defeat

Lazio beat Udinese 2-1 to begin their season on a successful note and somewhat atone for the debacle that was Super Cup. The best bit for Serie A bettors, they came through on their muted +100 odds.

As one of several clubs in Italy’s top-flight league expected to challenge for a top five spot, there is still a clear gap in talent and quality between the Biancocelesti and Juventus, as evinced by the soccer betting market on this clash where they are listed as the staggering underdogs at +800.

Everything about this matchup would seem to be unreachable – a 1-0 win is going for +2000 while a 2-1 win is going for +2500 while a Lazio win in both halves is going for +1600 in the half-fulltime prop market.

The draw is tipped as an attainable result by Lazio, certainly it’s priced lower at +350 betting odds at Bet365. As well, a 1-1 draw which is listed at +750 and a 0-0 draw tipped at +1200 is priced lower than any winning scores for Lazio.

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Soccer Betting Verdict: It’s a tall order for a team to head to Juventus and leave with a win. Last season, Sampdoria was one of two teams to beat Buffon and company in Torino, the other was Internazzionale. That’s why a Lazio win is priced so large here and why it’s a rather unlikely result. Put simply: it would be a shocker to send seismic shockwaves throughout the Italy’s top-flight league. Can you see it happening?

Soccer Free Picks: Juventus to win outright at -275; by a score of 2-1 at +750
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