Sunday’s European fixture predictions: Barcelona can dump Sevilla | Sports News


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Best bets and predictions for Sunday’s games in Serie A and La Liga.

Best bets

Napoli beat Atalanta 2 p.m. Saturday, BT Sport ESPN
1pt 21-10 Betfair, Betfred, Hills

Inter beat Juventus 7:45 p.m. Sunday, BT Sport 1
1pt 13-8 betting fair

Barcelona beat Sevilla to nil 8 p.m. Sunday, LaLigaTV
1pt 11-8 Betfair, Coral

Atalanta against Napoli

Atalanta host Napoli on a crucial day in the race for the Italian title and despite the fact that the bookmakers can barely split the three results, the opposing team may be worth lining up for.

Luciano Spalletti’s side are just three points behind Milan but would overtake them with a win to take the lead before the Reds and Blacks take on Bologna on Monday.

Atalanta had their own plans to win their first-ever Serie A title but the home inconsistency has eluded them as they sit 15 points from first place heading into this encounter.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s men have won just four of their 14 home league games this year and their opponents have been particularly strong on the road, with Napoli winning ten of their 15 away games.

With the title race out of their reach, Atlanta have a trip to RB Leipzig in the Europa League quarter-finals to focus on in just four days, so can save some time for that big game. Due to this and their poor form at home, Napoli are hoped for another away win.

Juventus vs Inter

Inter appeared to be sailing to retain their Serie A title, but a win in their last seven derailed their bid, leaving them six points behind rivals Milan with a game less.

Hoping that the break will have allowed them to reset, they travel to Turin to face Juventus, who are only a point behind after playing one more game.

Inter have been on the wrong side of bad luck in recent weeks and could perhaps fix that against Juve, who recently suffered a crushing loss to Villarreal that knocked them out of the Champions League.

The hosts have been better domestically recently, but their attacking play doesn’t quite match the rest of the title contenders. Juve are the worst scorer in the top half and have scored 15 fewer goals than fluid Inter.

This attacking advantage can simply give the opposing team the advantage and allow them to put their poor pre-international form behind them.

Barcelona v Sevilla

Barcelona announced their arrival under new manager Xavi with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Real Madrid before the international break.

They continue just after the break by facing second-placed Sevilla.

Injuries and the inability to finish games have cost the visiting side dearly in recent weeks, and they have drawn seven of their last nine league games as the gap has widened to nine points behind the leader of Real Madrid.

To add to that, the Europa League specialists were knocked out of this competition by West Ham and a season that promised a lot as if could run out of steam.

Julen Lopetegui’s side also have a number of injury problems to worry about with no fewer than seven first-team players uncertain, including first-choice goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

Barca are unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competitions and while their attacking efforts have been the main source of praise, Xavi has also tightened them up defensively and they have kept clean sheets in four of their last six matches.

Sevilla have failed to score in four of their last seven and a nil Barcelona win is on the cards.

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Ruth J. Leeds