Juventus and Sevilla Kickstart the Football Weekend on FridayPublished June 26, 2020 by Florin P
Juventus and Sevilla start as clear favorites on Friday, while Sporting Lisbon travel to Belenenses trying to extend their winning streak.
There are only a few matches scheduled on Friday evening, but they involve strong teams from some of the most exciting European championships. Juventus try to come a step closer to securing another Serie A trophy, while Sevilla compete for a Champions League berth. In the Portuguese first division, Sporting Lisbon will fight for a place on the podium and a presence in a top European competition.
Juventus takes a New Step Towards the Serie A Trophy
Juventus have a four-point advantage over Lazio and can increase the gap separating them from the runners-up. That’s because they have home pitch advantage in a match played against him of the weakest teams in the Italian first division. Lecce will travel to Torino ready to defend for 90 minutes and will gladly settle for a draw. Their performance on the road is rather poor, so they will have a hard time achieving this goal. The only upside for the visiting team is that they have no injured players, whereas the hosts play without five important footballers. Even so, Juventus are the overwhelming favorites, as reflected by the tiny odds of 3/20 offered by bet365 Sports. By contrast, Lecce are priced at 16/1 to win
Sevilla Keeps Champions League Hopes Alive on Friday
Sevilla are winless in the last three matches, but the last two games were particularly difficult against the likes of Villarreal and Barcelona. This time, they return home for a match that should be much easier to win against a mediocre opponent such as Valladolid. The visitors will be happy to split points in this match, as their objective for the season is to avoid relegation. The game is likely to be one-sided, with the home side pushing forward right from the start, which explains the odds of 2/5. Betting on the visitors will produce odds of 7/1, but a more likely draw benefits from odds of 4/1 which are quite tempting.
Sporting Clings on to its Spot on the Primeria Liga Podium
Sporting Lisbon try to stay relevant in a competition they used to dominate many years ago. For this season, their objective is to finish on the podium, so they have a chance of playing in the Europa League group stage. Not having home pitch advantage won’t be a big problem, since the match will be played without spectators. Belenenses is a rather weak team whose objective is to avoid relegation, so the hosts will play defensive football. They have plenty of injured or suspended players, so 888 Sport prices a home win at 4/1, whereas a bet on the visitors will produce odds of 7/10.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, June 25 at 9 am UK time.