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Runners-Up Seek Vital Points in Sunday Afternoon MatchesPublished November 25, 2018 by Florin P
Lazio and AC Milan play in the most anticipated match of the day, while runners-up try to stay within striking distance in France, Germany and Spain.
Next week, the best European football clubs will play in the Champions League and Europa League, in potentially decisive matches. Most of them have already played their weekend games on Saturday, but there is no shortage of exciting matches on Sunday. In the Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga and the Premier League top teams chase a European league berth. Punters can bet on the outright winners, as well as specialty markets at bet365 Sports and 888 Sport on all major European football leagues.
Lazio and AC Milan Fight for the Fourth Place
Two weeks ago, neither Lazio nor AC Milan were able to win their matches and as a result, they fell outside the podium. The fourth place is particularly important in the Italian Serie A, so the outcome of this match is essential for both teams. Lazio have home pitch advantage and a better head to head record in recent years, so the odds of 9/10 offered by bet365 Sports on them to win are not surprising. By comparison, an AC Milan victory is priced at 3/1, and punters get similar value when betting on a draw.
Napoli isn’t expected to have any problems at home against Chievo and Fiorentina are also expected to pick up three points on the road. They will have a much more difficult mission against Bologna, a team famous for playing aggressively in front of its fans. The most balanced match of the day is the Derby of Genoa scheduled at 7:30 PM UK time between Genoa and Sampdoria, with both teams priced at 17/10.
Lille Needs One Point to Stay in Second Place
Lille is so far the pleasant surprise of the French first division, as the team sits in the second place. Granted the gap separating it from the leading PSG is huge, they are well-positioned to secure a Champions League place at the end of the season. To consolidate their top position, they need at least one point when they travel to southern France for a match against Nice.
888 Sport anticipate a highly contested match, as reflected by the odds of 17/10 offered on each team to win. This is also the kind of match with a high chance to result in a low scoring draw, and the odds for the teams to split points stand at 11/5. Another exciting match is the one between Montpellier and Rennes, one that the hosts are desperate to win. If they pick up all three points they could overtake Lille and we currently get odds of 13/10 on this outcome.
Sevilla has a Chance at the First Place
With Barcelona playing the most difficult match of this weekend against Atletico Madrid, Sevilla could take solitary first place. The team is well-positioned for such an achievement, as it plays at home against Valladolid, a team that recently lost the first match on the road. Winner Sports offers odds of 1/2 on the hosts to prevail, while yet another draw for Valladolid enjoys odds of 4/1.
Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal are narrow favorites in their matches starting at 11 AM UK time and 7:45 PM UK time, with odds of 11/10, respectively 6/5. These teams have split a lot of points recently, so in both cases punters should consider the odds of 23/10 offered on the match to end undecided. Espanyol will not settle for a point and will try to preserve its perfect home record against neighboring Girona.