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Derbies Rock Major European Football Leagues on SundayPublished January 27, 2019 by Florin P
The reigning champions aim key points on Sunday against ambitious teams competing for a Champions League or Europa League berth.
The strongest European football leagues have saved the best for last, with derbies being scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening. The race for points continues in the Italian and Spanish first flights, where the reigning champions play on the road. Equally exciting for the Dutch football fans is the match between Ajax and Feyenoord, where the former hope to overtake PSV at the top of the Eredivisie.
Two Derbies Heat up Serie A this Sunday
Nothing short of a total meltdown would see Juventus lose the first place and another trophy in the Italian Serie A. They comfortably sit at the top of the tables with a significant gap over runners-up Napoli and can extend the advantage with a victory over Lazio. Even though they play on the road at 7:30 PM UK time, the reigning champions are credited with the first chance and odds of 9/10. By comparison, those who bet on the hosts will be paid at odds of 22/5, while a draw is priced at 23/10.
In the first derby of the day, Atalanta welcomes AS Roma at 2 PM UK time and the hosts are narrow favorites to prevail. Betway has odds of 13/10 on the favorites, while an upset caused by the Champions League semi-finalists benefits from odds of 21/10. Many games between these two teams have ended undecided, so the odds of 5/2 are also worth considering.
Barcelona is Favourite on the Road against Local Rivals
Barcelona play against neighboring Girona at 3:15 PM UK time and they will settle for nothing less than victory. They need the points to maintain their advantage over Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, while staying out of reach of Real Madrid. Intertops only offer odds of 2/5 on the visitors, while an unlikely draw benefits from exceptional odds of 4/1. There is even better value in the odds of 17/20 for Real Madrid to defeat Espanyol again, a team they’ve dominated over the years.
Ajax Starts with the First Chance against Feyenoord
Ajax makes another attempt at winning the title in the Dutch first division after losing it last year to PSV. They are well-positioned to overtake their leaders, as they sit only two points behind them, but they need a victory over Feyenoord. Ajax play on the road, but even so, winner sports credit them with the first chance and odds of 3/4. If their archrivals win, those who bet on their victory will be paid at odds of 3/1.