English Premier League and Scottish Premier League Derbies Wrap Up Stellar 2019Published December 29, 2019 by Florin P
Rangers and Celtic play the first meaningful Scottish Premier League derby, while Arsenal and Chelsea turn London into a volcano on Sunday afternoon.
2019 was a great year for European football fans, especially those who enjoy watching English teams compete at the highest level. They have one final opportunity to do it this Sunday when some of their brightest stars are involved in highly-anticipated matches. There is a single Scottish Premier League match that catches the eye of the international audience and luckily, Celtic and Rangers also play today.
Arsenal Welcome Chelsea with New Manager at the Helm
Arsenal have a new manager and they are hoping that their fortunes will change in time, for the team to secure a European League berth. Today, when the team sits in 11th place with 23 points, things look awful and they could take a turn for the worse on Sunday afternoon. That’s because the Gunners play against Chelsea and in spite of having home pitch advantage, they are slight underdogs at 2/1.
Arsenal has allowed more goals than it scored this season, winning five times, losing just as many games and finishing eight matches undecided. Against Chelsea, they won’t settle for a draw simply because they have home pitch advantage and face an archrival. Punters who bet on the visitors to prevail will be paid at 13/10, which is tempting, given the fact that Chelsea is yet to draw a match on the road.
Liverpool and Manchester City Finish 2019 with Home Games
Liverpool plays the second match of the day against Wolverhampton and pressure is no longer on the Champions League winners. They have a commanding lead over Manchester City and they’re expected to add three more points on Sunday. 888 Sport offers odds of 3/10 on Liverpool to win its 10th match in just as many games, while offering colossal odds of 9/10 on Wolverhampton to produce a shot on the road.
Manchester City have home pitch advantage against Sheffield United and won’t settle for a narrow win over the newly promoted team. They are back in form and after defeating Leicester, they are waiting for the opportunity to overtake them for the second place. Punters only get odds of 1/5 on the reigning champions, while those who bet on Sheffield to maintain their undefeated road record are paid at 16/1.
Celtic and Rangers Play a Key Derby in the Scottish Premier League Race
Celtic are leading the Scottish Premier League by five points, yet Rangers have a match in hand and could overtake them if they win the derby. This is by far the most important match in the Scottish first division and this year it is also meaningful. Celtic have home pitch advantage and the better head to head record, so they are justly credited with the first chance and odds of 11/10 by 10bet Sportsbook. Rangers are undefeated on the road after 10 matches, so the odds of 5/2 of them to win are also worth considering.