Injuries Spark Concerns Ahead of Sunday Football DerbiesPublished October 20, 2019 by Florin P
The Sunday derbies are overshadowed by a long list of injured players but retain a slight edge over highly motivated visitors.
The weekend football matches feel rather lopsided, with the favorites playing against weaker opponents. Sunday games are slightly different, with some of the best European teams playing against each other in highly anticipated derbies. Unfortunately for the football clubs involved, injuries are abundant and this makes it difficult for the managers to prepare competitive starting formations.
Depleted Manchester United Welcomes Liverpool
Manchester United are in dire need of points after losing to Newcastle and falling into the second half of the standings. They play at home against Liverpool and with the Champions League winners invincible this season, the Red Devils are credited with the second chance. Punters willing to back Manchester United at home will be paid at 7/2 by bet365 Sports, which is a lot for a match at Old Trafford.
Eight players will be missing for Manchester United, but Liverpool has a handful of injured players of its own. Salah is the most important absentee and with the Egyptian mending his injuries, the visitors have to rely on other strikers. They still have a very competitive starting formation and after winning all the eight matches played so far, the odds of 3/4 for an away win don’t look that far-fetched.
Inter Milan and AS Roma Play Tough Games on the Road
Inter Milan had an excellent opportunity of extending their lead, but the defeat against Juventus set them back significantly. They can stay within striking distance by defeating Sassuolo on the road in the first match scheduled this Sunday in the Italian Serie A. Odds of 3/4 offered by 888 Sport on their victory are pretty high, but players should also consider a double chance wager on the hosts at even odds.
AS Roma will also be playing on the road against Sampdoria which have won a single match out of 7. In spite of the fact that they are separated by nine points, the visitors get odds as high as 6/5. That’s because they have struggled on the road in recent matches and Sampdoria has traditionally won most of the games played in front of its fans. Betting on the home side will result in odds of 23/10 at this bookie.
Marseille and Monaco Continue their Surge in Ligue 1
The best teams from southern France hope to return to their winning ways on Sunday afternoon and evening. Monaco play first against Rennes and after a miserable season start, they finally show some signs of quality football. The visitors are slowly but surely sinking after winning back-to-back games and temporarily holding the lead in Ligue 1. Marseille welcome Strasbourg at the Velodrome at 8 PM UK time, as they try to win the first match in more than a month. In both cases, Winner Sports offers odds of 9/20 on the hosts while evaluating a victory for the visiting team at 33/10.