Great Weekend for Favorite Betting in European FootballPublished December 1, 2017 by Florin P
The best European football clubs take on easy opponents in a weekend that is expected to consolidate their leads at the top.
After an intense weekend, full of derbies and difficult matches played on the road, the best European teams prepare for easier fixtures. They also had plenty of time to rest, with no European action midweek, so they can focus at the task at hand. For punters, this represents a great opportunity to wager on the favorites, especially if they fancy accumulator bets. 10bet Sportsbook and 888 Sports have some of the best odds on prominent European football competitions.
Manchester United and Arsenal Play the only Derby
The Premier League had a couple of matches scheduled midweek, but their results were not enough to shake the tables. In fact, the same teams are at the top of the league and will try to consolidate their position on Saturday and Sunday. Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are all expected to win their matches and the combined odds barely climb above even value.
Meanwhile, Arsenal and Manchester United lock horns in the most exciting match of the weekend, with Arsenal having home pitch advantage. 10bet Sportsbook credits Arsenal with slightly better odds of 13/10, while the Red Devils are given odds of 2/1. The head to head results are a mixed bag, but Manchester United is the team in better form, so there’s more value in backing the visitors.
No Room for Error for Real Madrid
Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are also expected to win their home fixtures, which puts a lot of pressure on Real Madrid. They are the only team playing on the road this weekend among the favorites to win the trophy, except for Valencia. Since they take on Athletic Bilbao, they also play against the most difficult opponent, one that has a strong home record.
History however favors Real Madrid, who has won the vast majority of the matches played against the Basques. Backing the visitors to win the match will only result in odds of ½ at 888 Sport, but it’s still a good choice for risk-averse punters. Those who seek to maximize profits can take slightly bigger chances and wager on the former champions to cover the -1.5 goals spread at odds of 13/10.
Juventus and Napoli Play Key Derby
Napoli has emerged as the main favorite to win the Italian first division but it now plays the first truly important match against Juventus. The reigning champions are not going to go down easily even though they don’t have home pitch advantage. Bookmakers overwhelmingly favor the home side and at both 10bet Sportsbook and 888 Sports players are given even odds on a home win.
Juventus has the advantage in direct confrontations, but its recent form left a lot to be desired. They have secured a presence in the decisive round of the Champions League after drawing with Barcelona. They can now focus on the domestic championship and are going to treat this match as a final. Given their experience as well as the head to head record, punters should consider the odds of 13/10.
Celtic Goes for the Record in the Premiership
Elsewhere in Europe, Celtic plays against Motherwell in the third match over the course of the same week. While they have virtually won the domestic league already, the reigning champions are trying to extend their phenomenal winning streak. They tried to avoid defeat in 70 consecutive games and they are on track given their spectacular head to head record. The Scottish champions have won the last six games against Motherwell and despite mixed results in Europe they are head and shoulders above local teams.