The Biggest European Derbies are Scheduled for Sunday EveningPublished March 1, 2020 by Florin P
Real Madrid and Barcelona play the El Classico, while Juventus and Inter Milan lock horns in a game that can decide the next Serie A winner.
This is arguably the most exciting weekend so far in 2020, for European football fans. That’s because the most anticipated derbies are scheduled on Sunday evening, in the Spanish and Italian first divisions. There is no shortage of action in England and France, where new and old rivalries are reignited.
Tottenham and Wolverhampton Get the Party Started
Tottenham are plummeting through the standings and unless they manage to turn the ship around quickly, they will miss the chance to play in the Champions League next season. Even with Manchester City excluded from the competition, the Spurs would fail to capitalize on the occasion if they don’t defeat Wolverhampton. They are credited with the first chance by bet365 Sports yet the odds of 13/10 reflect the close nature of this match in which the visitors are priced at 2/1.
Lyon and St Etienne Try to End the Slide in Ligue 1
Lyon and St Etienne are nowhere near the places where they aspired to be at the beginning of the season. This is a must-win game for both of them if they are to keep their faint chances alive, so the stakes are quite high. Lyon have home pitch advantage, hence the odds of 13/20, but they have struggled to win in front of the fans. St. Etienne have always been poor travelers and even though their percentage has improved recently, odds of 24/5 highlight their slim chances to prevail.
Juventus and Inter Milan Play for the First Place
Juventus have six points ahead of Inter Milan, but the latter have a game in hand and the two teams meet in the Serie A derby. Scheduled for 7:45 PM UK time, this is a game where the reigning champions start with the first chance. The match will be played without spectators, which decreases the chances for the hosts to win, yet the odds improve as a result. 888 Sport prices a home win at 11/10, while being willing to offer odds of 12/5 to those bold enough to back Inter Milan.
Real Madrid and Barcelona Meet for the El Classico
There is simply no derby to match the intensity of the El Classico, a timeless battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona. This season, the stakes are higher than ever, because the two teams are separated by only two points and the first game of the season was a scoreless draw. Real Madrid play at home this time, which explains the lower odds of only 6/5, whereas Barcelona are priced at 2/1. Given the enormous pressure bearing on the shoulders of players from both teams, a low scoring draw is a distinct possibility.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Wednesday at 8 am UK time.