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Weather decimates sporting calendar but Europe hosts action

| 19.12.2010

Not even Stamford Bridge could survive the blizzard that hit the United Kingdom over Friday and Saturday, and punters looking for a bet this Sunday will have to go overseas.

La Liga’s televised games see Malaga host Atletico Madrid and then Real Madrid host Sevilla.

Both Madrid sides are favourites to win, Atletico are 6/5 to beat Malaga, but Malaga did the double over Atletico last season, winning 3-0 at home and 2-0 away and at 23/10 to beat Atletico, they offer the punter plenty of value.

Considering nobody has stopped Malaga scoring on their home turf this season and they have only lost one of their last six matches with Atletico, Malaga look the pick of Sunday’s bets.

Real Madrid are as short as 2/9 to beat Sevilla but the last 15 games between the two have averaged a staggering 4.5 goals per game suggesting the fans that pack into the Bernabeu are in for a Christmas cracker.

Total goals over 3.5 at the Bernabeu is priced at 1/1 and over 4.5 goals is 9/4 and if goals are expected, so is Cristiano Ronaldo’s name on the scoresheet – he is 11/5 to score the first goal.

Also in La Liga, Getafe should register an away win over Almeria and are 9/5 to do so and Osasuna, 10/11, can beat Real Zaragoza.

Elsewhere around Europe there is a full calendar of action in Italy and the pick of the ties for punters is the Chievo vs Juventus game.

Chievo have one just one of their 14 top flight league games against Juventus yet the Old Lady, who are unbeaten in their last 12, are as big as 11/10.

Meanwhile in Germany, Bayern Munich can defeat Stuttgart and are 10/11 to do so, and Bayer Leverkusen are home bankers this weekend at 4/9 to beat Freiburg.

A £10 treble on Malaga, Juventus and Getafe all winning would return £194. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.