Soccer Picks Roma vs. Sampdoria

Steven Suarez

Thursday, February 13, 2014 3:25 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 3:25 PM GMT

As you'd expect, Roma is a strong favorite to get all three points in Sunday's Serie A encounter with Sampdoria. Are we backing the home side with our soccer picks?

Odds Overview

Sunday's evening clash pits Roma and Sampdoria against one another. The soccer betting lines favor the home team, with the Yellow-Reds approaching -300 at most sportsbooks. We can lock in Sampdoria at a wide range of prices, starting at +750 and going as high as +1000. A draw is also a longshot at roughly +400.

Roma

It hasn't been a good week for the Yellow-Reds whatsoever. First they tied Lazio 0-0 in the league, but the worst was yet to come three days later.

In the Coppa Italia semi-finals, Roma saw their first-leg advantage (3-2) go to waste, as they had no answer for Napoli in a 3-0 loss in the return away leg. A 5-3 aggregate loss was not what supporters were expecting whatsoever.

A practically full-strength starting XI didn't make a different against their Italian counterparts, who simply dominated in San Paolo. After such a disappointing performance, Roma knows how important it will be to answer the critics with a better result this weekend.

Considering they'll be at home this time around and will face an inferior side, we should be seeing a positive outcome for the Yellow-Reds. Their form at Stadio Olimpico has been downright incredible.

Roma hasn't yet lost at home in the league, recording nine wins and two losses in 11 matches. In those fixtures they've posted a remarkable scoring record, scoring 27 goals while only letting opponents score twice overall. Amazing.

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Sampdoria

The Blucerchiati have been marginally better this term than they were in 2012/13. Last season they finished 14th and currently they can be found in the 12th spot.

Recently though, Sampdoria has been doing well to grind out results. Since getting outclassed by Juventus, they've gone unbeaten in three matches, beating Genoa and Cagliari while drawing with Bologna.

The Blucerchiati will have had a full week of rest after topping Cagliari. The hosts put in a great shift defensively and got the winning goal from Daniele Gastaldello early in the first half. It was far from a convincing win, but getting the three points is all that matters in the grand scheme of things.

Don't expect this undefeated streak to continue through the weekend though.

Sampdoria's away form has been mixed, as they've put up three wins, three draws and five defeats in 11 matches. They've been decent defensively (only 17 goals allowed), but have really struggled to find much fluidity going forward, scoring a grand total of 12 goals. How are they going to keep pace with a motivated Roma side?

Serie A Pick

Sampdoria comes in having put together a nice run of results, but they're going to meet their match this weekend.

The Yellow-Reds have been lethal all season long and that's been especially true at home, where they've still yet to lose. They also know they can't afford to drop any points, with Juventus pulling away in first place.

With all of that in mind, we'll be taking Roma to win rather comfortably on Sunday. To get better value with your soccer picks, consider selecting the home team to win by two or more goals, which is available at a much more appealing price of +105.

Pick: Roma 2 Sampdoria 0

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