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Eastern European Derbies Spark Excitement on Sunday EveningPublished July 28, 2019 by Florin P
Russian, Ukranian and Bulgarian teams steal the spotlight for European football on Sunday, when old rivalries are reignited.
Football fans are guaranteed not to have a dull weekend and that this is actually the merit of the Eastern European championships. Dozens of matches are scheduled on Sunday, but three of them stand out from the crowd because of the names involved. Some of the best Russian, Bulgaria and Ukrainian teams will lock horns in highly anticipated derbies, scheduled early in the season.
CSKA and Lokomotiv Play the Derby of Moscow
CSKA and Lokomotiv are perennial favorites to win the Russian Premier League, even though they were unsuccessful in recent years. Zenit stole the spotlight, but these two bitter rivals are back in the race for the trophy and the direct match is exceptionally important. The derby of Moscow will turn the Russian capital into a cauldron, as the enthusiastic fans of both teams will flock to the stadium. The match starts at 5 PM UK time and CSKA have home pitch advantage, hence the odds of 13/10 at bet365 Sports on them to win. There will be plenty of Lokomotiv fans and their team to win is priced at 11/5.
CSKA Sofia are Favorites on the Road
CSKA Sofia will only travel a short distance for a match with their bitter rivals Slavia. The visitors have a much better team and recent results to back up their superior quality. This explains why even though they play on the road, they are credited with the first chance and odds of 3/4 by 888 Sport. They also have a crushing head to head record, with 37 victories and just four defeats and 19 of those wins were secured on the road. Slavia have scored plenty of goals recently and will throw everything they’ve got offensively at their rivals. Odds of 7/2 on a home win are just as tempting as a bet on over 2.5 goals to be scored.
Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv Play for the Super Cup
Shakhtar Donetsk have won the Ukrainian first division last season without breaking a sweat. Meanwhile, their bitter rivals from Dynamo Kyiv won the cup and on Sunday evening at 7 PM UK time, the two teams play for the Ukranian Super Cup. The match is played on neutral ground in Odessa, but Winner Sports gives clear preference to the reigning champions. They are indeed the team in better form, but the overall head to head record favors Dynamo Kiev. Punters get odds of 11/10 on Shakhtar and 21/10 on Dynamo but the bet they should place the money on is the draw at 23/10. That’s because all the last three matches have ended undecided, with few goals scored.