European Football Fans Prepare for High Profile City DerbiesPublished November 17, 2017 by Florin P
Italy, Spain and England highlight this weekend of European football with a couple of authentic derbies between former champions.
After a nearly 2 weeks break caused by the final stage of the qualifiers for the World Cup 2018, European championships resume. Some of the most exciting matches are scheduled in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. City derbies among former winners of these top divisions go head to head, in matches that enjoy ample coverage from leading bookmakers such as 10bet Sportsbook and 888 Sport.
The Derby of London Starts on Saturday
Tottenham has one of the best seasons in recent history, but it still trails the leaders by eight points. That’s the result of Manchester City playing flawless football and winning 10 out of 11 games. As both the leaders and their city rivals are expected to win the game scheduled for this weekend with relative ease, Tottenham is under tremendous pressure. It needs to defeat Arsenal in front of its fans to stay within striking distance of the leading pack.
The Gunners are unable to win back-to-back matches and have dropped points against better opponents. They also have a handful of injury concerns and that’s probably why 10bet Sportsbook gives them odds as high as 3/2 to win at home. By comparison, Tottenham is credited with the second chance and spectacular odds of 2/1 to pick all three points on the road. This is a tempting proposition for the most exciting match of the Premier League this weekend.
Stadio Olimpico Turns into a Volcano
AS Roma and Lazio meet in the Eternal City in a match that neither team can afford to lose. They are virtually tied for the fourth place and a victory can propel them past Inter Milan on the podium. Lazio has won nine consecutive matches but on this occasion it plays on the road and that’s why bookmakers give it a 2/1 to win. Given their recent performance that’s tremendous value in these odds.
In another high profile match of this weekend in Serie A Napoli plays against AC Milan in front of its fans. 888 Sport gives tiny odds of 1/2 on the home side to win despite the fact that the visitors are a tough nut to crack. The hosts are leading the tables at the time of writing and play stellar football in the domestic championship. However, they prepare for a decisive match in the Champions League so they need to fight a war on two fronts.
Atletico and Real Play in the Derby of Madrid
Perhaps the most exciting of all football matches scheduled this weekend is the one between the two teams from the Spanish capital. Real Madrid plays on the road but it is still credited with the first chance and odds of 6/5 at 10bet Sportsbook. One reason is that they have a better head to head record and there are also in superior form, compared to Atletico Madrid which struggles in all competitions.
Savvy punters might be inclined to back the home side to win outright at odds of 2/1, which is more than Atletico Madrid got so far this season. Both teams have important matches in the Champions League left to play and the pressure is particularly high on the home side. If they fail to win the next two games they are out of the most important European competition which is a very likely scenario.