Derbies Spice Things Up in Spanish and French Top Football Leagues on SundayPublished December 1, 2019 by Florin P
The leaders of the Ligue 1 and La Liga play on the road against perennial rivals in their quest to consolidate the advantage at the top of the league.
After a rather mundane Saturday afternoon and evening, quality European football returns with derbies in some of the strongest leagues. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona play the most exciting match of the day, one that could ultimately decide the winner of the title in La Liga. The stakes are significantly lower when Monaco takes on PSG, but the huge rivalry between these two teams makes the game just as exciting.
The Perfect Coin Flip in the Spanish Capital
Real Madrid has a difficult mission on the road on Saturday, but it is nothing compared to Barcelona’s task the very next day. The reigning champions travel to the nation’s capital for a match against Atletico Madrid, where both teams get odds of 17/10 at bet365 Sports. This is an incredibly balanced match and one that could easily finish undecided, as many of the direct games between these competitors.
Atletico Madrid are one of the two undefeated teams, with four victories in seven games and 10 goals scored over the span. They have no injuries and no key players suspended, so they can field a competitive starting formation against the reigning champions. Meanwhile, Barcelona has one of the worst away records in a decade, with three victories and three defeats in seven matches. They have also conceded a lot of goals on the road and have played a taxing match on Wednesday in the Champions League.
PSG Chase the 10th Consecutive Win over Monaco
The rivalry between Monaco and PSG is timeless, but in recent years their matches have been a one-sided affair. Monaco are trying to avoid losing the 10th consecutive match against the top French team, but have a couple of injured and suspended players. Home pitch advantage is important but not sufficient against a team of this caliber and the Monegasques will need to play their best football to even stand a chance.
PSG were able to salvage a draw on the road against Real Madrid after conceding two goals and have officially qualified to the Champions League playoffs. They have a single player doubtful ahead of this fixture, but are unlikely to throw everything they’ve got against Monaco. A narrow margin victory would be more than enough for them to extend the winning streak and claim another victory over the archrivals. Punters willing to back the visitors will be paid at 1/2, while Monaco is priced at 5/1 to defeat the leaders.