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European Football: Thursday preview

European champions Real Madrid are in action on Thursday as they attempt to bounce back from a recent slump in form.

Los Blancos host Cadiz in one of three La Liga games scheduled on the night, with Celta Vigo travelling to Rayo Vallecano and Valencia taking on Real Betis at the Mestalla.

There is a double-header from Serie A with Juventus heading to Verona and Lazio hosting Monza.

Los Blancos looking to close the gap

WhatReal Madrid v Cadiz, La Liga
WhereSantiago Bernabeu, Madrid
When20:30, Thursday 10th November 2022
How to watchLa Liga TV
OddsReal Madrid 1/7, Draw 15/2, Cadiz 14/1

Real Madrid made a fine start to the season, winning their opening six games and going on to enjoy a 12-game unbeaten run.

However, they are now winless in their last two games, although Carlo Ancelotti's men do have a game in hand, and they can cut the gap to Barcelona to just two points with a win over Cadiz.

Cadiz are down in 19th and look set to be battling against relegation throughout the campaign after registering just two wins.

They've failed to win in three on the road and have only scored three times in six away fixtures.

That doesn't bode well for their trip to the capital and Real, who are the second-highest scorers on home soil, should ease to a comfortable win.

Real have scored at least three goals in three of their six home league games this campaign so it could be worth backing the home side to net over 2.5 at 8/11.

Juventus hitting their stride

WhatVerona v Juventus, Serie A
WhereStadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
When17:30, Thursday 10th November 2022
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsVerona 4/1, Draw 14/5, Juventus 4/6

Much has been made of Juventus' struggles this season, but they are starting to settle down.

Juve sat eighth after winning just three of their opening nine games but a run of four successive victories has seen them jump up to fifth.

They return to action on Thursday against rock-bottom Verona, who have lost eight in a row and have recorded just one win all season.

Verona did win last season's meeting with Juventus on home soil, triumphing 2-1, and they are unbeaten in their last three home games against Juve.

But they look a shadow of the side that finished ninth last term and aren't fancied to repeat that feat when the Old Lady visit on Thursday.

Although Juventus are building momentum, they've been edging through contests on the road - winning their last two away fixtures 1-0 - and a low-scoring triumph could be on the cards again.

Backing Juventus to win with under 2.5 goals scored offers interest at 11/4.

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Lazio can keep it tight

WhatLazio v Monza, Serie A
WhereStadio Olimpico, Rome
When19:45, Thursday 10th November 2022
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsLazio 8/13, draw 16/5, Monza 4/1

Lazio sit third in Serie A and just three points adrift of second-placed AC Milan after the leaders were held to a goalless draw by Cremonese on Tuesday.

I Biancocelesti suffered just their second defeat of the campaign against Salernitana on 30th October but they bounced back to beat cross-city Rivals Roma 1-0 last time out.

That victory over the Giallorossi should fill Lazio with confidence for Thursday's meeting with Monza, who sit 15th.

Monza, playing in Serie A for the first time in their history this term, have four wins to their name, including a shock 1-0 triumph at home to Juventus, but Lazio should prove too strong.

Maurizio Sarri's side have been extremely tough to break down and, having conceded just eight times and they boast the second-best defensive record in Serie A.

Meanwhile, Monza have netted just five goals away from home, drawing blanks on three occasions, and a Lazio win to nil looks an attractive prospect at 7/4.

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