Match Money’s Total Betting reads Sunday’s schedule and comes down with three picks from the Premier League and the two big derbies in Italy and Portugal.
West Ham – Nottingham (16:00 Novasports 2HD, Live from SPORT24). West Ham have been in bad shape lately, having taken a breather from Thursday’s 1-0 win over Olympiakos, but in the Premier League, the disappointing record of 1-1-5 has been running for the last two months, where in fact the victory was against the tailed Sheffield United. Nottingham, again, in the same period since the start of September, have a record of 2-4-2, with their two defeats coming in Manchester to City and Anfield to Liverpool. And in general, of course, Nottingham shows that this year it learned from the mistakes of last season and has found its footing in the Premier League. Certainly an away game in the Premier League is never a simple affair, but with West Ham having the added charge of Thursday and the double being played around 4.00, it’s worth chasing. Even taking the coverage of X.
Lazio – Roma (19:00 Cosmote Sport 3HD, Live from SPORT24). The great Rome derby, at a common venue and always with many peculiarities and very high intensity on and off the pitch. This year neither is having a good year in Serie A. Lazio is in 10th place, Roma in 7th but with just one point more. However, Roma has the excuse that this year since the beginning of the season it has faced many injury problems and Mourinho is forced to make constant changes in his eleven. At this particular moment, however, things seem to be unraveling somewhat for Roma and the ever Special One he will have all the heavy cards in the derby (Lukaku, Dybala, etc.). Mourinho in the years he is in the eternal city has a negative record in the derbies with Lazio (1-0-3) and precisely because of this, because we are talking about one of the biggest egoists of the European benches, it is reasonable to expect a very sloppy Roma.
Benfica – Sporting (10:30 p.m Cosmote Sport 7HD, Live from SPORT24). The classic of the Portuguese league and of course the great Lisbon derby. And at the same time a top derby, as Sporting is first in the standings with 28 points, with Benfica following on 25. Sporting, in general, is showing a very good face this year, with a record of 9-1-0 in the league and her only goal was the 1-1 away match against Braga. Benfica’s record is not particularly lacking (8-1-1), but apart from the fact that both losses came in playable matches (defeat at Guimaraes, X at home to Casa Pia) their overall picture looks very confused, with lots of ups and downs and no convincing performances even when he wins. Something of course that is even more visible in the Champions League group, where Benfica is last after four matches with 0 points.
- West Ham – Nottingham: X2 (odds 1.99) 16:00
- Lazio – Roma: 2 DNB (odds 1.78) 19:00
- Benfica – Sporting: X2 (odds 1.65) 22:00
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