Italian and Spanish Teams Resume Elusive Quest for to Serie A and La Liga TrophiesPublished February 17, 2019 by Florin P
Napoli and Inter Milan return to Serie A action, while Sevilla and Real Madrid play catch-up with Barcelona in a highly contested La Liga season.
With the Premier League on recess and German Bundesliga scheduling just two matches on Sunday, the action is more intense in the Italian and Spanish first divisions. Former champions and teams hoping to win the trophy for the first time in many years will be doubling their efforts. They also play in European competitions, but they have the resources needed to fight a war on two fronts.
Napoli and Inter Milan Face Resilient Opponents
Napoli are playing in the Europa League, but the main objective for the season is to win the trophy in the domestic championship. They trail Juventus but could close the gap separating them from the leaders and keep their hopes of winning the Serie A alive. That’s because they play at home against Torino in the last match of the day starting at 7:30 PM UK time. 888 Sport justly credits them with the first chance and odds of 1/2, while pricing the visitors’ win at 7/1. Punters can expect similar value in the odds offered by the bookmaker on Inter Milan to prevail in their home match against Sampdoria. Both teams have struggled recently, but the head to head record favors the team from Milano.
Sevilla, Valencia and Real Madrid play on Sunday
Sevilla have felt from the podium and the team continues to struggle both at home and on the road. This explains why they are only given odds of 17/10 on the road at Villarreal. Intertops offers the same odds on the hosts to prevail and the draw is considered an equally likely result at 5/2. The match is scheduled at 5:30 PM UK time, but two hours earlier, Valencia takes on Espanyol at home. They have lost a single match at Mestalla, but eight games have finished undecided, so odds of 9/10 are hardly a surprise.
Real Madrid are the biggest favorite of the day, and the reigning Champions League winners play at home against Girona on Saturday afternoon. They have had a busy schedule with matches against some of the toughest Spanish teams and then played on the road against Ajax. Luckily for them, they take on an opponent that hasn’t won a match since early December, so odds of 1/5 at bet365 Sports are well justified.