This was an excellent week for football fans and even better things await over the weekend. Exciting games are scheduled across Europe, with some of the strongest European teams playing on Saturday. Some return from international duty, while others focus exclusively on domestic objectives.
Bayern Munich Returns to Domestic Duty
Bayern Munich suffered a disappointing elimination from the Champions League at the hands of PSG. The French squad exercised vengeance for the final loss last season and will advance to the next stage. Meanwhile, the German reigning champions will go for another trophy which is well within their reach. Wolfsburg is the opponent of the day and the hosts are not to be underestimated. In fact, they only get odds of 5/2 at bet365 Sports, while the hosts enjoy excellent value at 9/10 with the same bookmaker.
Barcelona Chases the Last Remaining Trophy
Barcelona was eliminated from the Champions League and only has theoretical chances of winning the domestic league. Their best chance to claim a trophy this season is Copa del Rey where they play the final against Athletic Bilbao. The match will be played in Sevilla and with no team having home pitch advantage, Barcelona have the first chance. bet365 Sports has them priced at 1/2, while the home side gets odds of 5/1. They haven’t won in the last six games and are unlikely to do it against the Catalans.
Marseille and Lorient Play High Stakes Match
Marseille and Lorient have very different objectives for the remaining rounds of the season. They are, nonetheless, motivated to achieve their goals and won’t settle for a draw in this fixture. Marseille desperately try to secure a Champions League berth, whereas the visitors try to avoid relegation. Both have had a hard time winning back-to-back games in the match will be played without spectators. That’s why 888 Sport offers odds of 9/10 on the home side and 3/1 on Lorient to cause an upset on the road.
Braga’s Champions League Quest Continues
Braga sit in the fourth place, but they can still secure qualification to the Champions League. They must win on the road on Saturday to keep their dream alive and they face a weaker opponent. Rio Ave haven’t won in a month and they sit at the middle of the standings, so they are not all that desperate. Playing on the road means little when there are no fans cheering from the crowd, hence the odds of 3/4 on Braga. 888 Sport will reward bold punters willing to back the home side with odds of 3/1.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Wednesday, April 14 at 9 A.M. UK time.