German and Spanish Top Leagues Return with Derbies in 2021Published January 2, 2021 by Florin P
Local derbies turn the heat up in the second day of 2021 as some of the hottest teams in La Liga and Bundesliga are scheduled to play.
The New Year brings plenty of exciting matches and some of the most anticipated derbies are scheduled for Saturday. On January 2, Betis and Sevilla turn their home city into a volcano, while Real Madrid welcomes the resilient Celta Vigo in the nation’s capital. The German Bundesliga has a couple of exciting matches scheduled as well, with Leipzig and Leverkusen trying to pick up valuable points on the road.
Sevilla and Betis Play El Gran Derby on Saturday
Betis will have home pitch advantage in the match against their city rivals, yet this doesn’t matter all that much without fans cheering from the stands. The odds of winning are also affected by the fact that the home side is without 5 players who are missing due to suspension or injuries. Under these circumstances, it comes as no surprise that bet365 Sports credit them with the second chance and odds of 3/1. Sevilla are at full strength and have a solid percentage on the road, hence the even odds on them to win.
Real Madrid and Celta Vigo Chase Lucky Number 7
Real Madrid will throw a competitive starting formation into the fray against Celta Vigo, trying to keep the invincible streak alive. Just like the visitors, they haven’t lost in the last six matches and are expected to keep the streak alive in Madrid. Punters will only benefit from odds of 1/2 if they back the hosts to prevail, whereas Celta gets exceptional odds of 5/1 at bet365 Sports. The reigning champions have a crushing record in head to head games and haven’t lost a La Liga fixture against them since 2014.
Leipzig Likely to Deny Stuttgart’s First Home Win
Leipzig won’t be able to count on seven of its players, but they take on an opponent that has just as many injury concerns. Their performance on the road this season has been shaky, with only half of the games resulting in victories. The good news is that they play against an opponent that hasn’t won a single match at home the entire season. With these things in mind, the odds of 33/10 on the hosts to win no longer seem excessively high, and 7/10 on Leipzig to prevail appears to be justified.
Leverkusen Pursue Rare Win on the Road in Frankfurt
Frankfurt and Leverkusen are at the opposite end of form, with the visitors trailing the leaders by just two points. By comparison, Frankfurt are struggling in the second half of the standings and are desperate for a win in front of the fans. The good news is that they are undefeated at home, and won the last two home games against this opponent. They also have a squad at full strength, compared to Leverkusen who miss eight footballers, yet 888 Sport offers odds of 11/5 on the hosts and 11/10 on the visiting team.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, December 31 at 11 am UK time.