Soccer Picks Lazio vs. Roma Serie A

Nila Amerova

Friday, February 7, 2014 6:48 PM GMT

Roma look to build on Coppa Italia success with a victory over Lazio in the Roma derby, the highlight of Serie A Week 23 Betting. Find out what odds are currently available and where the value is to be had.

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Roma favoured to win

Predictably, sportsbooks send Roma into their clash with Lazio in the nation’s capital as the favourites to win outright, albeit on even money at +100 soccer odds to win outright.

Roma have enjoyed a stellar season so far. Even leading the Serie A charge early on in the season until a spate of injuries hit their squad, which Juventus happily took advantage of to assume top spot.

Roma are second in the table with a 15-5-1 mark and 50 points; they are nine points behind Juventus in the table, which still gives them a reasonable shot at the title. Futures betting markets across sportsbooks list them at the +750 to win the Scudetto, although they’ll have all to do to wrestle the title from Juve’s firm grip.

Roma are riding a six-game winning streak into their clash with Lazio, a run of form that includes four clean sheets and is comprised of scoring 15 goals while conceding just three (two of which were against Napoli in Coppa Italia). Speaking of which, Roma ran away 3-2 winners in their semi-final clash with Napoli to take the lead in Coppa Italia action as expected by soccer betting markets.

Lazio, listed at +275 to win outright, loom dangerous and tricky. They recently managed to hold Juventus to a 1-1 draw so they’ll be fancying their chances even if sportsbooks don’t.

Ranked ninth in the league with an 8-7-7 mark and 31 points, Lazio boast a solid 6-2-2 record at home. Their only losses have come to Napoli and Genoa at home while the only other teams to take points off Lazio were Fiorentina and Juventus (both draws).

Having stared down successfully many top teams in Serie A, Lazio can be optimistic and confident against Roma. They lost the first instalment of the Roma derby at Stadio Olimpico 2-0 earlier this season and so they’ll be looking to draw level in the series when they host Roma this weekend. Particularly now under new coach Edy Reja, who took over midseason and has since made some significant changes to the team’s style and ethos.

Soccer Betting Verdict: At face value, the soccer betting market on this match is appropriate, given Roma’s solid form on the season and recent winning form they deserve to be the favourites. Historically, this derby has served up some heated contests and exceptional accounts and there is no reason to assume it won’t be this time again. In fact, Lazio have the edge over Roma in recent instalments of this rivalry. So those soccer bettors looking to oppose favourites Roma can find comfort in the knowledge that there is good cause for taking such a stance and backing Lazio on their long +275 soccer odds. In short, there is value on both sides of the coin in more ways than one.

Having said that we quite fancy Roma as the smart soccer pick at +100 soccer odds to get the necessary result in this match. They are the better side and it’s about time they improved recent form against Lazio.

Soccer Free Picks: Roma to win outright at +100

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