Soccer Picks: Trabzonspor vs. Juventus Europa League

Nila Amerova

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 8:27 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 8:27 PM GMT

Soccer betting goes midweek on us with a whole slew of European fixtures, including the clash between Trabzonspor and Juventus in UEFA Europa League R32. Join us as we analyse this clash and deliver our soccer free picks for your consideration.

Juventus hot favourites across the board

Since Juventus were demoted from Champions League this season, they automatically assumed top billing in UEFA Europa League across sportsbooks. Listed at +275 at Bet365 to win outright, they are the top favourites in futures betting markets to clean up in Europe’s second tier competition. That’s somewhat curious though isn’t it, given the many lingering question marks hanging over them following a rather subpar account in Champions League.

Juventus and Trabzonspor line up for their second encounter in as many weeks with the Turin side up 2-0 ahead of their R32 UEFA Europa League decider. As such, Juventus are tipped as the overwhelming favourites at -200 to win outright in Turkey while the hosts are tipped at whopping +550 soccer odds to win outright.

Well, that’s not the only reason why the Italian side is so strongly favoured. In the competition proper, they are deemed the strongest outfit by sportsbooks and the best soccer pick to win it all amongst soccer bettors, two mutually inclusive sentiments that underscore this apparent mismatch of a R32 tie.

What’s more, Serie A is a bright spot on their season. They are almost ten points ahead of their nearest rivals Roma and, by all accounts, the most likely domestic champions at runaway -1000 soccer odds at Bet365. Recent form augurs well, as they are enjoying a six-match undefeated run that includes four wins and two draws.

By comparison, the Turkish side is enjoying a so-so season, sat seventh in the Super Lig table with a modest 9-6-7 mark. The only sliver of hope for Trabzonspor is home form that is a solid 8-3-1 this season in domestic action, but it is marred by recent form that sees them on with just one win in their last seven games.

Still, Juventus can’t take anything for granted. Domestic form and continental form can be at complete cross-purposes, hugely different and off colour. Oh, and lest you’ve forgotten,  it wasn’t long ago when they faced a Turkish outfit only to fall short of sports betting expectations – in the recent instalment of Champions League group action they settled on a 2-2 draw to Galatasaray in Turin before suffering a 1-0 defeat to the Turkish side in the return leg in Istanbul – two accounts that arguably cost them a spot in the knockout stages of Europe’s top flight competition.

Naturally, i Bianconeri wouldn’t want a repeat of that disappointment and, surely, it won’t happen again, will it? They do have a two-goal cushion going into this reverse after all. As well, much better pedigree than their hosts have, which is an intangible that could prove deciding.

But there are those lingering question marks following Juventus, mainly their failure to live up to high expectations. They are Champions League dropouts, after barely striking an audible chord in spite of being touted as one of several dangerous floaters to spot by sportsbooks. And they stumbled against Roma in Coppa Italia action last month, to the surprise of many soccer bettors.

Soccer Betting Verdict: Undoubtedly, Juventus is the best soccer pick in this match, both notionally and on paper. It also helps their cause amongst soccer bettors that they have a 2-0 edge ahead of their trek to the Black Sea. Trabzonspor will have all to do to reverse this tie even if they have home advantage. Currently, the Turkish outfit is peek-a-booing its way in Super Lig’s top ten and is after its first win in seven matches, two aspects that bode ominously for their hopes. Indeed, it would mark the biggest upset in European competition as a whole if the Turks can turn this tie in their favour.

Soccer Free Picks: Juventus to win outright at -200

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