Former European Champions Step up on Sunday for Key Matches

Florin P. - February 10, 2019

Manchester City and Chelsea lock horns for the second place in the Premier League, while Barcelona chases rare points in Bilbao against Athletic.

Things are heating up in the English Premier League, where Liverpool have lost much of the lead over Manchester City. This makes the Sunday matches particularly important and the highlight of the day is the game played by the reigning champions against Chelsea. Barcelona still have a comfortable lead in Spain over Real Madrid, but the other team from the nation’s capital is just six points behind. As a result, the Catalans are hard-pressed to claim all three points on the road against Athletic Bilbao.

Manchester City are Clear Favorites over Chelsea

The reigning champions have home pitch advantage and an impressive track record in front of their fans. That’s why, even though they play against Chelsea, which is a serious opponent for even the best teams, they are credited with the first chance. bet365 Sports offers odds of 1/2 on the home side to prevail, also factoring in the positive head to head record. There is obviously extraordinary value in backing the visitors, who currently enjoy odds of 55/10 and continue to grow. A point would benefit Chelsea more than Manchester City, and odds of 33/10 on this outcome are also tempting to Premier League punters.

Athletic Bilbao Prepare for a Siege against Barcelona

The reigning champions are trying to extend the positive run against Athletic Bilbao, after struggling at San Mames Barria. Barcelona don’t have any missing players ahead of this fixture, except for the long-term absentees and this is refreshing. They could, in theory, settle for one point, a result that is sought after by the home side and priced at 3/1 by 888 Sport. If the visitors win, those who chose to bet on their victory will be paid at odds of 3/4, but these are expected to drop as kickoff draws near. The best paying, albeit the riskiest option, is to bet on Athletic Bilbao to win in front of their fans at odds of 7/2.

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