Only a few days after the highly competitive Champions League and Europa League matches, football fans are once again in for a treat. Dozens of matches are scheduled across the continent on Saturday and in each of the major leagues, reigning champions and talented challengers will step into the spotlight. Most of them are expected to pick up easy points, but they will face defensive-minded football clubs.
Atletico Madrid Welcome Athletic Bilbao in the Nation’s Capital
Atletico Madrid failed to pick up all three points last week against Valencia after the visitors have scored the equalizer late in the match. They have quickly returned to their winning ways and prevailed in the Champions League game on Tuesday and will try to re-create that performance against Athletic Bilbao. They are undefeated at home and play against a team that is yet to win a match on the road, so the odds of 3/4 are fully justified. 888 Sport prices an away win at 5/1 and offers odds of 5/2 on a draw.
Bayern Munich Seek Redemption on Home Soil
Bayern Munich have barely won the Champions League in Greece after they were held to a high scoring draw last weekend. The disappointing performance in the match against Augsburg has cost them first place in the Bundesliga. Now they can return to the podium with a compelling victory over Union Berlin, a newly promoted team. The German reigning champions are expected to steamroll past their unproven opponents and win by three goals or more. The odds on this outcome stand at 4/5 at bet365 Sports.
Juventus and Inter Milan Face New Arrivals to Serie A
Juventus and Inter Milan are separated by a single point after the reigning champions have won the direct match against the challengers. This narrow difference should remain unchanged at the end of this weekend as both of them are expected to win. Juventus play on the road, while Inter Milan will enjoy the support of their fans, but Winner Sports offers identical odds of 7/20 on each of them to win. Juventus travels to Lecce while Inter welcome Parma and both teams are newly promoted to the Italian Serie A.
Chelsea and Manchester City Take on Newly Promoted Teams
Manchester City has dropped valuable points in the Premier League but shines brightly in the Champions League. If they are to defend their title, they can’t afford any false steps and must win three points in the Sunday game against Aston Villa. They play at 12:30 PM UK time and the odds of 1/10 clearly reflect the immense difference between the teams involved. Chelsea will have a more difficult match on the road, as they travel to Burnley, where a victory for the Blues will be paid at odds of 4/5 by Intertops Sportsbook.