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La Liga Returns with Competitive Matches this Friday EveningPublished August 23, 2019 by Florin P
Some of the best Spanish and German teams play on the road this weekend against newly-promoted teams and won’t settle for a draw.
La Liga has lost the crown as the strongest European football championship to the Premier League. It remains an exciting competition with great teams and all of them will play over the weekend. On Friday evening, Sevilla and Villarreal play their first away games, as they try to return to the elite of Spanish football. In Germany, Dortmund go for their 2nd victory after barely claiming 3 points in the first round.
Sevilla and Villarreal are Favorites on the Road
Sevilla played the first match of the weekend at 7 PM UK time on the road against Granada. Home pitch advantage means a great deal for this team, but they play against the newly promoted squad and should prevail. 888 Sport offers odds of 11/10 on the visitors, which are not amazing for a game played on the road, but still good enough under these circumstances. The hosts have played a thrilling match in the previous round against Villarreal, but have allowed four goals and their defense is vulnerable.
After the aforementioned thriller against Granada, Villarreal will be aiming for all three points at 9 PM UK time against Levante. Their starting formation is at full strength and the visitors can field the best players for this match. Even so, they only get odds of 3/2 at bet365 Sports, as there are lingering doubts regarding their ability to defend. They need to tighten up their backline if they are to stand a chance, but offensively they look good after scoring four times in the previous game.
Dortmund Seek back-to-back Victories
Dortmund have squandered an excellent opportunity last season to win the Bundesliga, but they have enjoyed a strong season start nonetheless. They had home pitch advantage last weekend and were able to capitalize on it, yet today they play on the road. They take on Köln, a team that has returned to the elite of German football after playing a season in the second division. Punters can’t expect odds above 1/2 at Winner Sports, while a stunning victory for the hosts is priced at 6/1.
Aston Villa Welcome Everton in First Home Game
Aston Villa were on the verge of greatness in their first match since returning to the Premier League. They took the lead against Tottenham, but allowed three unanswered goals to leave White Hart Lane empty-handed. This time they have home pitch advantage and will try to make the most of it as Everton come visiting. In spite of their defensive meltdown in the previous round, Aston Villa have a team strong enough to justify the odds of 23/10 offered by Intertops Sportsbook on them to win.