Once again, most of the football matches played in flagship European championships this weekend are scheduled for Saturday. There is no shortage of exciting games continent wide, but the most anticipated ones will be played in the French and Spanish first divisions. This is where former champions lock horns, in a season that started poorly and sees them trailing the leaders by a seemingly insurmountable distance.
Lyon and Lille Fight on Saturday for the Second Place
Arguably the most anticipated match of the weekend is the one between Lyon and Lille, two teams that used to fight for the trophy many years ago. Lille have home pitch advantage, which means a great deal, since they are undefeated after seven rounds. The team has suffered the first draw at home two weeks ago and plays against the most difficult opponent yet. As a result, bet365 Sports only offers odds of 17/10 on the home side to prevail, identical to one the visitors get. Punters have the option of betting on the low scoring match or even a draw, which is priced at 23/10 by the same bookmaker.
In the other match played in the first French the vision, Monaco will try to leave the relegation area after a match against Montpellier. The visitors have nearly 3 times more points and sit in the third place, so the hosts are only narrow favorites at 13/5. 888 Sport prices an away victory and 29/10, but the high chance of the match ending undecided explains the odds of 21/10.
Real Madrid and Valencia Play for Points and Honor
A match between Real Madrid and Valencia used to generate a lot of enthusiasm, as these two teams were among the best in Europe. Both are struggling this season and even though the former are still alive and kicking in the Champions League, recent results are disappointing. Winner Sports offers odds of 1/2 on Real Madrid to turn the ship around this weekend and pick up all three points. The match is scheduled for 7:45 PM UK time and punters who bet on an away win can expect odds of 6/1.