After a well-deserved vacation, the Spanish La Liga is back with some great matches happening in the 1st weekend of the year. The Italian Serie A continues to be one of the most exciting leagues this season with 5 teams fighting for the title. Let’s break down the most important matches of the round and find out the best value for your football betting.
Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid (La Liga – Round 18)
The reigning champs Real Madrid travel to play 11th place Celta Vigo on Sunday. Los Blacos must win this clash and try to keep their title hopes alive. They sit 4th in the standings, 14 points behind leaders Barcelona but with a game in hand. They will try to bounce back after their heavy 0-3 home defeat against Barcelona in the last round of 2017, win this clash and close the gap on the top spots. Celta Vigo are a decent mid-table team, very tough to beat when they play on their turf but with a poor head-to-head record against Real Madrid, losing all their last 6 La Liga mutual encounters. Los Blancos are under pressure as they are the team chasing the leaders, so they should go all-in in every match and try not to drop anymore points. There have been plenty of goals between these two team in their last 7 mutual encounters in all competitions, so we should see another goal-fest with both sides finding the back of the net. Best pick for the match: Real Madrid to win and both teams to score at 2.45 with WilliamHill.
Fiorentina vs. Inter Milan (Serie A – Round 20)
Fiorentina and Inter meet at Stadio Artemio Franchi on Friday in a crucial tie at the top of the Serie A table. After a superb start to their season having a 16-match unbeaten run and leading the standings till 3 round ago, Inter Milan find themselves 3rd place, 7 points behind league leaders Napoli. The Nerazzurri have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 games in all competitions being winless in their last 4 top-flight league matches. Fiorentina are sitting 8th in the standings but the gap between them and the 1st European spot (Sampdoria) is very small, just 3 points. Stefano Pioli’s men are on a 7-game unbeaten run and we expect them to continue their excellent shape and earn at least 1 point at home against Inter. Both teams have no injury worries, so we expect them to play their best XI and put their best effort to win the three points. Best pick for the match: Both teams to score at 1.77 with 10Bet.
AS Roma vs. Atalanta (Serie A – Round 20)
AS Roma are sitting 4th in the standings but they have lost ground on Napoli and Juventus being held to a 1-1 draw by Sassuolo at home and losing 0-1 against their title rivals Juventus 2 rounds ago. They are 9 points behind leaders Napoli with a game in hand and they are in desperate need to come back to winning ways and close the gap on the top spots. Giallorossi are expected to face a tough test on Saturday with Atalanta being a tough nut to crack, having a decent squad and eyeing a European place at the end of the season. Atalanta might not be capable of repeating last season’s top 4 finish but they are highly motivated and determined to put their best effort against their opponents. Both teams scored in 8 of their last 10 mutual encounters and we expect another thrilling clash with the same outcome. Best pick for the match: over 2.5 goals at 1.73 with Betfair.