Serie A and La Liga Wrap Up an Action-Packed Football WeekendPublished September 16, 2018 by Florin P
The first weekend of European football after the break caused by friendly games schedules exciting games across all major championships.
The major European football leagues have saved the best for last and punters can bet on the most exciting matches this Sunday. bet365 Sports and 888 Sport offer tempting odds on the favorites to confirm their status and expand their lead at the top of the tables. At the same time, relegation-threatened teams fight for the crucial points needed to extend their presence among the elite of European football.
Serie A Matches Begin at 2 PM UK time
Most of the games in the first Italian division are scheduled in the afternoon, with two notable exceptions. AS Roma hope to pick up three valuable points before the bulk of teams plays later in the afternoon. They’re expected to prevail against Chievo at 11:30 AM UK time and punters only get odds of ¼ on their victory. Later on Sunday, in the final match of the day, AC Milan travel to Cagliari for a highly contested match. Past performance suggests that when these two teams meet, the fate of the match is decided in the final minutes. bet365 Sports offers odds of 4/5 on AC Milan to win on the road.
Juventus and all the other teams play in the afternoon and the reigning champions are expected to crush Sassuolo. The best odds available are offered by Intertops Sports, but they only stand at ¼ for a straight win while a surprise draw is priced at 5/1. Elsewhere, Lazio plays on the road against Empoli and bookies trust them to prevail after ending the losing streak last weekend. Punters get odds of 4/5 on their victory, while the match between Udinese and Torino is a perfect coin flip with each team getting 13/5 to win.
La Liga Matches Start Early on Sunday
The Spanish championship doesn’t have two matches scheduled at the same time, so football fans can watch all the games on Sunday. Villarreal plays first and we get spectacular odds of 5/2 at Winner Sports on their victory over Leganes. The hosts are credited with a decent chance and odds of 2/1, identical to what we get for a draw. Espanyol and Levante meet in the afternoon in what is likely to be a low-scoring match, followed by a game against Valladolid and Alaves.
The most exciting match of the day is scheduled at 7:45 PM and it pits Sevilla vs Getafe. The hosts are hoping to pick up their first victory at home after a scoreless draw in August and we get odds of 6/10 at 888 Sport on them to succeed. Getafe lost the only match played on the road so far and not surprisingly, get odds of 5/1 to break the ice. They have several defensive players nursing injuries, so they can’t be relied upon on Sunday evening.
This Sunday, Favorites Play at Home in Ligue 1
The most contested match of the day is also the first, as Nantes welcome Reims at 2 PM UK time. This game is unlikely to turn into a goalscoring festival, as both teams are better at defending scoreless draws. More interesting is the second match of the day between Bordeaux and Nimes. The newly promoted team plays offensive football and will try to take advantage of the hosts’ inconsistent form. In the last match of the day scheduled at 8 PM UK time, Marseille faces Guingamp. The visitors are mired in a 4-game losing streak and miss 6 key players, which prompted bet365 Sports to only offer odds of 2/5 on a home win.