Bitter Rivalries are Reignited in Europe’s Saturday Derbies

Florin P. - February 9, 2019

Atletico and Real lock horns in the derby of Madrid, while PSG try to mend their shattered pride in the classic derby against Bordeaux.

Most of this weekend’s matches are scheduled for Saturday, so not surprisingly this is also when most of the derbies take place. The Spanish, German and French championships are the most exciting to watch on February 9th, as current leaders and reigning champions play key matches.

Madrid Boils Ahead of the Atletico vs Real Derby

Atletico Madrid are the only undefeated team at home in the Spanish La Liga and they try to extend that streak against their city rivals. Real Madrid come visiting and in spite of their surge in form, the travelers start with a second chance and odds of 2/1 at bet365 Sports. They have a couple of players doubtful ahead of this match and their head to head record in recent games isn’t particularly impressive. Those who bet on Atletico Madrid to win will be paid at 7/5, which is a tempting value for the derby.

Bayern Munich Seek Vengeance over Schalke 04

Bayern Munich have suffered a disappointing loss on the road against Leverkusen and the gap separating them from Dortmund is growing. Unless they are able to end the slide quickly, the title hopes will vanish and that’s what makes this match so important. The reigning champions welcome Schalke at 5:30 PM UK time in a match they can’t afford to lose. Anything short of victory would be a failure, but those who bet on the outright win can only expect odds of 1/5 with 888 Sport. By comparison, there’s much better value in betting on another upset, as Schalke receive massive odds of 12/1.

PSG to Resume the Surge over Bordeaux

A defeat against Lyon, even on the road was regarded by many PSG fans as simply unacceptable. In order to appease the fans, the reigning champions need to crush Bordeaux at home in the match set to start at 4 PM UK time. Except for Neymar who is now a long-term absentee, the hosts don’t have any players missing or doubtful ahead of this fixture. Under these circumstances, it’s rather refreshing to see that Winner Sports offers odds of 1/4 on the host to claim all points.

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