Home Teams under Pressure as Top Clubs Visit on SundayPublished September 15, 2019 by Florin P
Champions League contenders lack home pitch advantage this Saturday, as they travel short distances to claim key points on the road
Home pitch advantage means a great deal for the football clubs playing in the strongest European tournaments. This Sunday, however, the hosts will have a hard task securing victories in front of their fans as stronger teams come to town. In Spain, England and France, it is the visitors who start with the first chance, as they have stronger squads and better results to show for this season.
Alaves Welcome Sevilla for an Early Afternoon Match
The second match of the day scheduled at 1 PM UK time is the most interesting one this Sunday in the Spanish La Liga. Sevilla travel to Alaves hoping to recover after the disappointing draw recorded at home two weeks ago. The visitors have a starting formation at full strength, but they don’t have a positive track record in away matches against this opponent. They have won just once on the road in eight starts and the odds of Sevilla securing a rare victory here are priced at even odds by bet365 Sports. The same bookmaker offers odds of 3/1 on Alaves, but the best bet for this match is on a draw at 23/10.
Arsenal Take on Last-Placed Watford at Vicarage Road
Arsenal will travel a short distance to Watford to play against the last-placed team in the English Premier League. This is an opponent that has caused them plenty of headaches in the past, winning half of the home games. No draws were recorded at Vicarage Road in 12 matches played against Arsenal and a single match ended undecided in 25. What is worth mentioning is the fact that Watford won 11 times and the odds of them doing it again stand at 13/5 at 888 Sport. Betting on the visitors to prevail will only yield odds of 1/1, and a bet on the first draw being recorded between these teams in Watford is priced at 17/10.
Olympique Marseille and Monaco Play the Derby of the South
Olympique Marseille and Monaco were the big disappointments of last season in the French first division. Both have started their seasons well below expectations, but Monaco are downright terrible with two points in four matches. They have the perfect opportunity to make amends by winning a match against their rivals from southern France. In spite of missing Jovetic and Pellegri, Monaco are slight favorites at 3/2, while those who bet on the visitors will be paid at 2/1 by Winner Sports. Both teams will be aiming for a win, but for Monaco, even a draw would be welcomed as a sign they can steady the ship.