The action heats up on Sunday afternoon and evening, as the Spanish and Italian flagship competitions return into the spotlight. Exciting matches are scheduled in both of them, as Real Madrid and Napoli continue their quest of chasing the leader. AC Milan and AS Roma play the most exciting match of the day, whereas Valencia try to pick up a rare victory on the road against Villarreal.
AC Milan and AS Roma Play the Serie A Derby
AC Milan welcome AS Roma in the first match of the day in the Italian first division, scheduled at 4:15 PM UK time. Home pitch advantage used to be important when these two teams met, but it will matter far less on this occasion. The match is played without the fans cheering from the stands, so the hosts have no advantage in this regard. This game looks like the perfect coin flip, with both teams in good form, in spite of a largely disappointing season. 888 Sport offers identical odds of 17/10 on each team to win.
Napoli Play a must-win Game at Home
Napoli are still in the race for a Europa League berth, but their chances depend on the outcome of this match taking place at 6:30 PM UK time. Unless they find a way to defeat Spal, they will be completely out of the contention picture, so this match is critical. It looks like the hosts will secure an easy victory, with no players injured or suspended, while they compete against a nearly relegated team. 888 Sport offers odds of 3/10 to punters willing to back the home side, while pricing an away victory at 10/1.
Difficult Match for Valencia on the Road
Valencia is outside the Europa League picture at the moment and that’s largely because of their poor performance on the road. They will need to improve this record quickly and defeat Villarreal at Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday afternoon. The hosts are in excellent form, so betting on the visitors to prevail will translate into odds of 2/1. Villarreal gets odds of 13/10 at bet365 Sports, similar to the value award it last round when they split points with Sevilla.
Real Madrid travel to Barcelona to Face Espanyol
A visit to Barcelona is always exciting for Real Madrid, even though on this occasion they will play against the lesser team. Espanyol is their opponent for the last match of the day, scheduled at 9 PM UK time. They don’t have any players injured or suspended and will compete on an empty stadium, so the odds of 1/2 offered by bet365 Sports seem to be justified. The hosts will need to improve their level of play after two disappointing matches, for the odds of 11/2 offered on them to win to come to fruition.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, June 25 at 10 am UK time.