Barcelona and Real Madrid Face Tough Opponents on the RoadPublished July 5, 2020 by Florin P
Some of the best European football clubs travel to meet resilient teams, in their quest for trophies and a place in the Champions League groups.
Barcelona had a difficult match against Atletico Madrid midweek and only five days to rest ahead of the match against Villarreal. Their archrivals will play first on Sunday and try to extend their lead at the top of the standings. In the Italian first division, Napoli plays against AS Roma in a match that could the see the winning team to advance to Europa League.
Real Madrid Take on the Fearless Basques
Real Madrid will play on the road against Athletic Bilbao, in what would normally be a very difficult encounter. Because the Basques play without their fans, they will be far less dangerous, but still a threat to take seriously. The hosts stand at the middle of the tables but could grab a place in the Europa League if they amass a winning streak. The first and most difficult victory could be secured against Real Madrid at odds of 5/1. 888 Sport only offers odds of 3/5 on the visitors to prevail after winning all five games since La Liga resumed.
Undefeated Villarreal and Barcelona Meet on Sunday
Barcelona’s match against Atletico Madrid was a roller coaster and the Catalans need to improve their performance if they are to prevail at Villarreal. The hosts will surely miss the support of the fans, but they have showed their quality even on empty stadiums. Villarreal won the vast majority of games to nil and are undefeated since the Spanish first division resume. If they are to claim yet another victory at home, punters who bet on their success will be paid at 4/1 by bet365 Sports. A more predictable result on Barcelona to win will produce odds of 3/5, with a low scoring match also to be considered.
AS Roma and Napoli Fight for an Europa League Spot
AS Roma and Napoli have been largely disappointing the season and they are no longer in the race for a Champions League berth. Both teams chase the fifth place, which guarantees passage to the Europa League group stage. Napoli have home pitch advantage and this explains why bet365 Sports gives them preference and even odds to prevail. AS Roma have played better than expected on the road and if they play at 100%, the odds of 5/2 offered by the same bookmaker could come to fruition.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Tuesday, June 30 at 11 pm UK time.