Major European Clubs Rebound after Disappointing WeekendPublished December 15, 2017 by Florin P
Punters prepare for a weekend where major football clubs are expected to steamroll past opponents and consolidate their place at the top of the standings.
The last weekend was terrible for some of the big European football clubs chasing leaders in the domestic championship. While the teams on the first spot consolidated their position and extended their lead, the runners up only saw the gap increase. Now they have another opportunity to earn valuable points and stay within striking distance of the ones they are chasing. That’s because most of the top teams take on weaker opponents and many of them also have home pitch advantage.
Premier League Teams Chase Lost Points
Manchester United lost the most important game of the season so far against their city rivals. Their inability to pick up points resulted in the gap expanding to what looks now like an insurmountable difference. The Red Devils however have another opportunity to pick up points this time on the road against West Bromwich. Liverpool is in a similar situation after splitting points at home against city rivals Everton, now traveling to Bournemouth. 888 Sport offers odds of 3/5 on each to win away from home.
Chelsea and Arsenal are credited with even better chances to triumph because they play in front of their fans. Punters can expect odds higher than 3/10 on either of them, with 10bet Sportsbook offering the best value at the time of writing. Manchester City has been so dominant of late that it comes as no surprise that both bookmakers expect them to defeat Tottenham at home. Odds of 1/2 are all that punters can hope for and they are even expected to draw as kickoff draws near.
The Race Continues Among Top Italian Clubs
The last one was a disappointing weekend for the best Italian teams, with none of the top four squads being able to win. To make matters worse, all their games resulted in scoreless draws and AS Roma had the most to lose from these results. That’s because they played on the road against a weaker opponent, whereas Juventus took on Inter Milan at home. Napoli had a more difficult task than expected against Fiorentina and they had to settle for one point in a scoreless draw as well.
Inter Milan and AS Roma are overwhelming favorites to win at home against teams struggling in the second half of the standings. 10bet Sportsbook will only offer odds of 3/10 on both of them to win, but they’re expected to confirm their favorite status and prevail. Napoli has a more difficult task on the road against Torino, but even so, the odds revolve around 7/10. Juventus are in dire need of points and they are going to come out firing on all cylinders from the first minute in the match against Bologna. This warrants odds of 1/2 at 888 Sport, impressive head to head record between the two teams.
A Final Push for Barcelona, PSG and Celtic
Barcelona has built a strong lead in the Spanish first division and is still comfortably at the top, despite the fact that both Valencia and Real Madrid won over the weekend. They now return home to play against La Coruna and in order to get even odds, punters would have to bet on them to win by three goals or more. Atletico Madrid enjoy similar odds to defeat relegation threatened Alaves, while Valencia has the most difficult match on the road at Eibar.
In France, PSG is cruising towards another title and is not expected to encounter opposition on the road against Rennes. The most exciting match of this round in Ligue 1 is the one between Lyon and Marseille, with 888 Sport offering odds of 9/10 on the home side. Elsewhere, Celtic has survived for another late scare to extend its undefeated run to more than 70 games. They have got a busy schedule ahead but at least against hearts they’re expected to win the 8th straight victory.