Football action is slowly but surely returning to the high levels recorded before the season break. While the English and Spanish leagues continue unabated, punters have more betting options in the Ligue 1 and Coppa Italia. Throughout the day, most of the favorites also have home pitch advantage, which makes it easier to pick winners at bet365 Sports and 888 Sport.
Chelsea and Liverpool are Heavy Favorites on Saturday
Both teams have played in the FA cup midweek, but key players were rested, so they can be used in the Premier League. Chelsea have home pitch advantage against Newcastle, so punters can only expect odds of 1/4 on their victory. Liverpool play on the road, but because they take on Brighton, they are also heavy favorites as reflected by the odds of 7/20. Arsenal will have a significantly more difficult mission away from home at West Ham, but the upside is that punters enjoy even odds on a victory for the Gunners.
Valencia and Villarreal Strive to Improve Home Record
Valencia and Villarreal have been largely disappointing this season, especially in the games played at home. Valencia have a decent chance at improving that record, by winning the game scheduled at 3:15 PM UK time against Valladolid. Punters only get odds of 1/2 at 888 Sport on Valencia to win, although they have only two victories at home this season. Villarreal were even less successful in front of their fans last year, but at least punters can bet at odds of 11/10 on the Yellow Submarine against Getafe.
Juventus and Lazio and Easy Matches in Coppa Italia
Lazio have home pitch advantage in the game scheduled at 2 PM UK time against Novara, a match they are expected to dominate. Winner Sports only offers odds of 1/4 on the home side to prevail, while crediting the visitors with odds of 11/1. Later on Saturday, Juventus play on the road against Bologna and they are also expected to pick up all three points, as reflected by the odds of 2/5. Arguably the most balanced match of the day is the one between Sampdoria and AC Milan, which is played in Genoa at 6 PM UK time. Both teams get the same odds of 17/10, while a draw is priced at 23/10.