The Hottest Teams in European Football Cling on to their Lead on SundayPublished October 18, 2020 by Florin P
The current Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1 leaders face each other in their quest to consolidate their position ahead of the reigning champions.
The season start was not the best for many of the reigning champions in the top European football leagues. Playing without supporters on empty stadiums took its toll and now we have surprisingly leaders in some of the strongest championships. Many of these teams will play on Sunday afternoon for valuable points that will allow them to consolidate their position at the top of the leaderboard.
Aston Villa and Leicester Play for the First Place
Aston Villa defeated Liverpool in impressive manner but they need to build on that success on Sunday afternoon. That’s because they play on the road against Leicester and they are heavy underdogs, with odds of 3/1 at bet365 Sports. The team from Birmingham recorded the best results in front of its fans and usually struggles when playing away from home. The last time the hosts lost against this opponent was more than two decades ago, but they won’t settle for a draw and go for victory, which is priced at 4/5.
Lille Take on Lens for Solitary Lead in Ligue 1
The French first division is quite surprising this season, as PSG currently trails the leader by three points. This provides Lille and Lens with the rare opportunity of consolidating their position at the top of the tables. The fact that they meet in the last match of the day at 8 PM UK time, means that the stakes are as high as they get. Lille are a force to be reckoned with in home games and once again they start with the first chance and odds of 9/10. Lens play offensive football regardless of venue and are priced at 3/1.
Betis Sevilla and Sociedad Chase La Liga Pole Position
Betis Sevilla and Sociedad are the two pleasant surprises of this season start, with both of them sitting on the podium. Victory on Friday evening will grant temporary league, so none of the two squads will settle for a draw on this occasion. Betis Sevilla will play at home, hence the odds of 7/10 at 888 Sport, opposed to 19/10 on the visiting team. Sociedad have an advantage in head to head games, but they rarely won on the road, so their chances to emerge victorious in Sevilla are not that good.
Villarreal and Valencia Play for a Place on the Podium
Villarreal and Valencia have alternated disappointing results with satisfying ones and try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. They are separated by a single point and the winning team can tie the leader or even overtake the football club sitting in the first place. Villarreal are expected to come on top, with odds of 7/10, while a victory for Valencia is priced at 7/2 by 888 Sport.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Wednesday, October 14 at 5 pm UK time.