Sunday Derbies to be Played on Deserted La Liga and Premier League StadiumsPublished June 21, 2020 by Florin P
The empty La Liga and Premier League stadiums welcome strong visiting teams for derbies that will lack the intensity of the fans.
Spanish and English football continues unabated this weekend, with some high profile matches scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening. In the Premier League, Liverpool and Everton play the Merseyside Derby, while Chelsea tries to pick up an easy victory over Aston Villa. Real Madrid is happy to play on empty stadium against Real Sociedad, while Valencia faces Osasuna without the support of the fans.
Liverpool Faces City Rivals in Merseyside Derby
Liverpool has won the Premier League in emphatic manner the season, but it has one last hurdle to overcome. Victory over Everton is important regardless of the position in the standings and that’s why the Merseyside Derby is so exciting. Victories were hard to secure on the road by either team, yet this time Liverpool is the clear favorite, as reflected by the odds of 13/20. Punters willing to take their chances with Everton will enjoy odds of 9/2 at bet365 Sports, similar to an over 4.5 goals to be scored wagered.
Chelsea Aims for Three Points against Aston Villa
Chelsea was in excellent form at the time the Premier League was suspended and will try to extend the winning streak. They are in prime position to achieve that because they play against Aston Villa on the road. The hosts are in terrible form, defeated in the last four matches and won’t even be able to rely on their fans. Home pitch advantage will mean nothing under these circumstances, hence the odds of 11/10 on the visitors and 9/2 on Aston Villa.
May the Best Real Win when Sociedad Welcomes Madrid
Real Sociedad will need to play their best game to have a chance against Real Madrid, even though they play at home. Without the fans, the Basques will have a much harder mission against the multiple Champions League winners. They’ve enjoyed plenty of success in the past though, so the odds of 3/1 offered by 888 Sport on the home side are tempting. Those who trust the favorites to prevail can simply back Real Madrid at odds of 17/20 and hope for an early goal from the visitors.
Valencia Takes on Osasuna on Empty Estadio de Mestalla
Valencia was hit the hardest by the coronavirus crisis, with half of its players catching the disease. Now they are back in form and should be able to defeat Osasuna, a team that Atletico Madrid dismantled last weekend. Playing at home has always been important when these two teams faced each other, but this time the fans can’t be factored in. Odds of 17/20 on Valencia are nevertheless tempting, whereas punters who trust Osasuna to bounce back can bet on them at odds of 3/1.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, June 18 at 2 pm UK time.