Sunday Derbies Electrify Spanish, Italian and French Football LeaguesPublished October 6, 2019 by Florin P
Barcelona takes on Sevilla in a match for the first place, while Juventus and Inter play a potentially decisive match in the Serie A race for the trophy.
Barcelona and Juventus have won their Champions League matches midweek and return with confidence in the domestic championship. Both of them are trailing the leader, but a victory on Sunday evening will propel them back to the top of La Liga, respectively Serie A. Elsewhere, St. Etienne welcome Lyon in a highly contested derby of the South, while Manchester and Chelsea play coin flip matches on the road.
Many Goals Expected when Sevilla come to Barcelona
These are two of the most offensive teams in the Spanish first division and on Sunday at 8 PM UK time, they play for the first place. Barcelona has home pitch advantage, a team at full strength and a clear advantage in the head to head record. They were able to win from behind in the Champions League to claim first place in what has emerged as a highly competitive group. Sevilla are behind only on goal deficit and will overtake the reigning champions if they manage a stunning victory on the road. 888 Sport offers odds of 3/5 on Barcelona and 9/2 on the visitors, while pricing the draw at 3/1.
Juventus and Inter Play for the First Place
Inter Milan is widely regarded as the most likely team to challenge Juventus the season, after an impressive acquisition campaign. These investments have so far paid off, as they are leading the Italian Serie A with 18 points. Losing the home match against Juventus would allow the reigning champions to overtake them, so a draw is a satisfying result. The visitors are highly motivated not to drop points in this fixture, but won’t take excessive risks up front. Under these circumstances, the odds of 2/1 offered by bet365 Sports on the match to end undecided are particularly tempting. There is perfect balance between these two teams and because of the home pitch advantage going to Inter, each is priced at 17/10 to win.
St. Etienne are Underdogs against Lyon
St. Etienne used to be one of the best home teams in the French first division, but this season they sank into near irrelevance. They are second to last and concede a surprisingly high number of goals, which doesn’t bode well ahead of this match against Lyon. The hosts also have a long list of injuries, which includes several strikers and offensive midfielders. Their top priority is to stop the slide and in spite of the heated rivalry, St. Etienne would gladly settle for a point. The visitors come to town after claiming a surprising win over Leipzig in the Champions League match this Wednesday. They are expected to press the advantage and try to capitalize on the odds of 11/10 offered by Winner Sports on their victory.