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Former Champions Square Off in Derbies across European Domestic LeaguesPublished March 2, 2018 by Florin P
Century-long rivalries are reignited as some of the best European teams lock horns in high-profile games before the Champions League resumes.
The first leg of the Champions League and the first playoffs round in Europa League has ended. The surviving teams are looking forward to what the next round will bring, while trying to make the most of domestic matches. This weekend, there are a few high profile games scheduled that involve teams from all major championships. The outcome of some of these matches can determine the teams that win the trophies in these leagues, so the stakes are high.
Chelsea Takes on Another Manchester Team
Chelsea was not successful against Manchester United last weekend and lost by two goals to one despite scoring first. Now they are drifting in the standings and things are about to take a turn for the worse, since they play against Manchester City on Sunday. Their opponents have no missing players and despite the busy schedule this week are credited with the first chance to win. 10bet Sportsbook only offers odds of 3/5 on the hosts to prevail and they accurately reflect the difference between the two teams.
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Arsenal have easier fixtures on the road and are expected to defeat Crystal Palace and Brighton. Tottenham and Liverpool have even less to worry about since they play in front of their fans and are expected to pick up all three points. An accumulator bet on all these four teams to prevail over the weekend will still leads to amazing art of 3/1 at 888 Sport.
Bigger Fish to Fry for Barcelona in La Liga
Real Madrid sank to a new low earlier this week at Espanyol and they are out of the race for the championship in the Spanish first division. Barcelona can effectively end this competition by defeating Atletico Madrid on Sunday. The reason for why 10bet Sportsbook offers odds as high as 7/10 on the home side to win is that a Champions League second leg is looming. Even so, the hosts are expected to throw everything they’ve got at their rivals, to pick up the needed points for the championship.
Real Madrid shouldn’t have any problem at home against Getafe, but Valencia will have to fight for every point against Betis. They have a good home record but these opponents are a tough nut to crack and odds of ½ offered by 888 Sport don’t do them justice. The other team from Sevilla plays at home against Athletic Bilbao and it can’t afford any more false steps. Under these circumstances, odds of 7/10 on their triumph are simply irresistible, especially if we consider the Basques recent struggles.
The Derby of Milan Ignites Serie A
Inter Milan is struggling to maintain its position on the fourth place, the last one sending the team to the Champions League. They managed to win back-to-back games at home after a long drought, but they will have their work cut out for them by their city rivals. AC Milan is riding a hot streak of five consecutive victories and has home pitch advantage in this fixture. The city will turn into a raging volcano and players who bet on the home side will enjoy odds of 6/5 at 888 Sport. Inter Milan is priced at 2/1.
Two other exciting features are scheduled for Saturday, when Juventus travels to Lazio in dire need of three points. They are favorites to win but only barely and 10bet Sportsbook has odds of 13/10 on their triumph. The match between Napoli and AS Roma looks a bit more lopsided, especially after the visitors have lost last weekend. Betting on the current leaders will trigger odds of 3/5.