The World Cup will turn the heat up a notch this summer for football fans, but it also has an indirect effect on domestic championship. In order to finish the matches on time, the organizers had to resume the second half of these leagues sooner than usually. The German and French championships resume action this weekend, joining their counterparts from England and Spain. This means that from Friday to Sunday there will be more betting opportunities for football fans and several high profile derbies.
Bayern Seeks Tough Win on the Road
The most important and exciting game of the German Bundesliga will actually take place on Friday, when the reigning champions travel to Leverkusen. Bayern Munich has a comfortable advantage over the pack, but the German giants can’t take the foot off gas just yet. For punters, this is a golden opportunity of locking in on odds of 4/5 on the visitors to win if they bet at 888 Sport.
On Saturday Stuttgart plays against Hertha Berlin in a match that used to mean a great deal back in the day. Leipzig takes on Schalke 04 in a match with significantly higher stakes, since they are both chasing a Champions League berth. Fading Dortmund will be clinging on the third place on Sunday when they take on Wolfsburg. 10bet Sportsbook only gives them odds of ½ to win at home.
Warm-up Weekend for top French Teams
Ligue 1 only starts on Friday, but French teams have already played plenty of games in the first week of 2018. After the games played in the domestic cups, some resume the chase of PSG, while others try to avoid relegation. Reigning champions Monaco have the most difficult match on the road against Montpellier and that’s why they are given odds of 11/10 at 888 Sport.
PSG is expected to secure three easy points away from home against Nantes and Lyon shouldn’t have too many problems in dealing with Angers. Both games are played on Sunday and on the same day in the afternoon, relegation threatened St. Etienne meets Toulouse. Players who bet on the home side can expect odds of 11/10, while wagering on the visitors will result in odds of 5/2.
Manchester City and Liverpool Play the Premier League Derby
The Premier League begins with warm-up games on Saturday as Chelsea and Tottenham play at home against Leicester and Everton. Their opponents are going to do their best to stop them in their tracks, but the London clubs look too good to drop points. On Sunday Arsenal plays a way against Bournemouth and on Monday Manchester United takes on relegation threatened Stoke.
Arguably the most exciting match of the weekend and the one enjoying a lot of coverage from major bookmakers is the one between Manchester City and Liverpool. The leaders play on the road, but since they are so good and haven’t lost a match yet, 888 Sport gives them the first chance. Odds of 6/5 are offered on them to prevail, whereas Liverpool is priced at 2/1. Both teams have a couple of players missing due to injuries or suspension and played midweek in the League Cup.
Top Spanish Teams Play on a Road
9 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and 16 in front of their archrivals, makes Barcelona pretty confident in his chances to win La Liga. Even so, they will try to expand their invincible run on the road against Real Sociedad and 10bet Sportsbook gives them credit and odds of ½. By comparison, Atletico Madrid is given even odds by the same bookmaker in their match away from home against Eibar.
Real Madrid plays in front of its fans against Villarreal, while third-place Valencia has a difficult mission on the road against Deportivo. They have been struggling recently and that’s why they are given odds of 6/5 to pick up all three points on the road. Elsewhere, Sevilla tries to make those bad memories caused by the home defeat to city rivals Betis forgotten by defeating Alaves.