Serie A’s surprise package of the season Roma have the chance to leapfrog Juventus if they beat Cagliari live on BT Sport 2, while Athletic Bilbao’s Champions League-qualifying credentials can get a boost with victory over struggling Malaga in La Liga.
A successful double combining these two outcomes pays out at around 6/1 with Ladbrokes.
After setting off like a steam train in Serie A under new coach Rudi Garcia, it was fairly inevitable Roma would run out of coal at some point.
However, two draws, after 10 straight league wins hardly equals derailment and with all others in Italy having played their weekend fixtures, the Romans have a guilt-edge chance to return to the top of the pile against hapless travellers Cagliari.
Cagliari haven’t won on the road all season and have only registered a solitary goal from their last three away games, which have all resulted in defeat.
Before their 1-1 draw with Sassuolo, Garcia’s high-flyers had won all five at the Stadio Olympico to nil.
A look into the history of this fixture suggests a Bilbao win on the Andalusian coast is long overdue as it’s nine La Liga games since they last collected the spoils at Malaga.
Nevertheless, the time to set the record straight has never looked nearer for fifth-place Bilbao against a Malaga side struggling after a summer of turmoil, currently sitting 15th.
Malaga have lost four of their last seven league games, including a 3-1 defeat to Granada last time out, while their only La Liga wins have arrived against teams currently below them in the table.
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