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Thursday’s Sport: Real Madrid target crucial La Liga win

There is another busy day of sporting action on Thursday, with top-level football, golf and snooker to look forward to.

As well as big football matches in Spain and Italy, there are golf events on both sides of the Atlantic to watch on the bet365 Live Golf Tracker, while some of the world’s top snooker players feature in Germany and there is horse racing to follow on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

La Liga: Real need to cut the gap on Barca

WhatReal Madrid v Valencia
WhereBernabeu, Madrid
When20:00, Thursday 2nd February
How to watchViaplay Sports1, ITV 4, La Liga TV, bet365's Sports Live Streaming
OddsReal Madrid 4/11, Draw 17/4, Valencia 13/2

Real Madrid sit second in La Liga and eight points behind leaders Barcelona ahead of Thursday’s home clash with Valencia.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men have won just one of their last three league games and were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Valencia head to the Spanish capital without a win in their last four league games and you have to go back to 2008 for the last time they won at the Bernabeu.

The two teams met in the Spanish Super Cup three weeks ago, with Real winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw. The last league meeting at the Bernabeu came in January 2022 when the hosts won 4-1 and a repeat scoreline can be backed at 18/1.

Coppa Italia: In-form Lazio eye Juventus scalp

WhatJuventus v Lazio, Coppa Italia quarter-final
WhereAllianz Stadium, Turin
When20:00, Thursday 2nd February
How to watchViaplay Sports2 and bet365's Sports Live Streaming
OddsJuventus 21/20, Draw 23/10, Lazio 14/5

The fourth and final Coppa Italia quarter-final takes place on Thursday evening, as Juventus play host to Lazio in Turin.

The home side have only won one of their last four competitive matches and slipped to a 0-2 home defeat to Monza in the league at the weekend.

Juventus will feel they are facing Lazio at a bad time, with the visitors up to third in Serie A and unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions.

The Rome giants last won the Coppa Italia in the 2018/19 season and are currently 9/1 to lift the trophy during this campaign.

PGA Tour: Hoge in California to defend Pebble Beach title

Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament
WherePebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula
WhenThursday, 2nd February to Sunday, 5th February
How to watchSky Sports Golf
OddsMatt Fitzpatrick 10/1, Jordan Spieth 11/1, Viktor Hovland 11/1, Maverick McNealy 18/1

Some of the top golfers in the world will be joined on the course by the stars of entertainment and sport, as they team up at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The first three rounds will be split between three venues - Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula – with Pebble Beach also hosting the final round.

Actor Bill Murray, former football star Gareth Bale and rapper Macklemore are among the celebs teeing up, but the main focus will be on the pros chasing the $1.6million winner’s cheque.

Tom Hoge - 20/1 in the Outright betting - is the defending champion after a two-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth last year.

DP World Tour: Hojgaard heads back to victory scene

WhatRas Al Khaimah Championship
WhereAl Hamra Golf Club, United Arab Emirates
WhenThursday, 2nd February to Sunday, 5th February
How to watchSky Sports Golf
OddsRyan Fox 16/1, Rasmus Hojgaard 16/1, Adrian Meronk 18/1, Victor Perez 18/1, Nicolai Hojgaard 18/1

The DP World Tour is in the Middle East again this week, with the United Arab Emirates playing host to the Ras Al Khaimah Championship.

Nicolai Hojgaard won this title last year, his second on Tour, after a four-shot victory and the Dane will be joined by his brother, Rasmus, this week.

Victor Perez leads the early Race to Dubai standings and the Frenchman will also be part of the field as he seeks his fourth DP World Tour title.

Snooker: Green baize stars to shine in Berlin

WhatGerman Masters
WhereTempdrom, Berlin
WhenThursday, 2nd February
How to watchEurosport 1
OddsNeil Robertson 3/10, Joe Perry 5/2

The German Masters Snooker continues on Thursday, with the standout afternoon match seeing two top-30 players going head-to-head.

Australia’s Neil Robertson, currently ranked fifth in the world, takes on Joe Perry – a two-time quarter finalist in Germany.

Former world champion Robertson was runner-up to Judd Trump in 2020 and will feel he can go one-better in 2023.

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