Italian and Spanish Football Steal the Show on the First Sunday of 2020Published January 5, 2020 by Florin P
The race to avoid relegation starts anew in Serie A and La Liga, with a dozen teams trying to pick up key victories over football clubs sharing the same goals.
Home pitch advantage will matter less in the La Liga matches scheduled for Sunday afternoon and the visitors will have a decent claim at a win. Lopsided matches are scheduled in the Serie A, where Lazio and AS Roma will throw everything they’ve got to secure victory. At the bottom of the standings, the race is every bit as intense and some of the most anticipated matches involve relegation-threatened teams.
Lazio and AS Roma Aim for the Podium in Seemingly Easy Games
Lazio and AS Roma are separated by a single point, with the former being slightly ahead and with a game in hand. Lazio are one of the best traveling teams which explains why they are credited with the first chance and odds of 1/2 against Brescia. AS Roma have the advantage of playing at home, but they take on a much more difficult opponent, so the odds are the same. Torino has the ability of scoring goals on the road and the visitors will not hold back even when playing against a better-placed team.
Relegation-Threatened Teams Play Key Games in Serie A
Spal and Verona have a single objective for the season and this is to avoid relegation. The latter are in a much better position, hovering above the dangerous threshold, but they play on the road against a team hungry for points. This is a coin flip match, priced accordingly by 888 Sport, which offers identical cards of 17/10. The match between Genoa and Sassuolo is virtually identical, with the hosts deep in the relegation area, but slight favorites because of the better head to head record.
Surging Real Sociedad and Villareal Meet on Sunday at Noon
Real Sociedad and Villarreal are the best European football teams playing on Sunday and they’ve plenty to fight for. The hosts are within striking distance of the leading pack and need three points to retain their chance of playing in the Champions League next year. A victory over Villarreal won’t come easy, even though they have home pitch advantage because the visitors score plenty of goals. Punters who bet on the hosts will be paid at even odds if they prevail, while the visitors get odds of 5/2.
Relegation Battle Heats Up in the Bottom Half of La Liga
Granada and Alaves exceeded expectations at the beginning of the season, but both have sank into near irrelevance. They are still above the relegation line, but need to pick up three points against Mallorca and Betis, to defend their advantage. 10bet Sportsbook gives preference to Granada which are priced at even odds, while regarding the Alaves vs Betis match as the perfect coin flip. Both teams get odds of 17/10 and because of the high-stakes, this game has the potential of resulting in a low scoring draw.