Early Derbies Rock English and Spanish Leagues on SaturdayPublished August 28, 2021 by Florin P
Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao hope to pick up valuable points on the road, while Liverpool and Manchester City face former champions at home.
The major European football leagues have just started, but derbies are already scheduled for the second weekend. The most exciting matches will take place in England and Spain, where reigning and former champions are facing challengers.
In-Form Liverpool Welcome Chelsea in Saturday Derby
Liverpool and Chelsea are once again in stellar form and both are entitled to hope for a victory over their rivals. Whoever wins in this match will claim solitary lead in the Premier League, so the stakes are as high as they get. The two teams appear to be evenly matched, hence the identical odds of 17/10 offered by bet365 Sports on them to win. This match has the potential of turning into a game with many goals, with the odds on a high-scoring draw being a particularly tempting wager.
Manchester City Welcome Struggling Arsenal at Etihad
Manchester City are hoping to secure another trophy in the English first division. They started the season on a disappointing way after losing to Tottenham but rebounded in the most recent match. They can add three valuable points by defeating Arsenal, which is only a shadow of the former team. The visitors get massive odds of 12/1, which accurately reflect the difference between the two contenders. There isn’t much value in the 1/4 odds offered by bet365 Sports but this is the most likely result.
Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo Brace for Likely Draw
Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo hope to finish close to the podium and secure a place in a European competition. Both have scored few goals so far and three out of four games played by them resulted in draws. This is likely to be the case once again in a match where no team can afford to take many chances upfront. Home pitch advantage makes Celta Vigo the narrow favorites with 14/10, while 888 Sport offers odds of 21/10 on Athletic Bilbao to prevail.
Real Madrid Play 3rd Match on the Road in La Liga
Real Madrid are anxiously waiting for the day when they return to Santiago Bernabeu for a domestic league match. For the time being, they need to play one more game on the road against stringy Betis. The team split points in the two games played so far and will be perfectly happy with another inconclusive match. 888 Sport prices a home win at 7/2 and offers 3/4 on the Real Madrid victory away from home.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, August 19 at 7 A.M. UK time.