Once again, it is Saturday that brings about the most exciting games across the important European football leagues. Punters should brace themselves for some amazing matches in the Premier League, Serie A and the Bundesliga involving the current leaders, past and the reigning champions.
Manchester United and City Play the Match of the Day
Manchester City has virtually lost the chance to defend its trophy, after the last draw on the road at Newcastle. Liverpool are simply too far ahead for the reigning champions to overtake them in the remaining rounds, although there are plenty of matches left to be played. This doesn’t make the Saturday afternoon Derby against Manchester United any less exciting, as the teams meet at 5:30 PM UK time.
Home pitch advantage and overall superior quality make Manchester City the obvious favorite ahead of this derby. Punters only get odds of 3/10 on the reigning champions to prevail in front of their fans, in spite of having a few injury concerns. Those willing to bet on the Red Devils to prevail on the road will enjoy spectacular odds of 10/1 at bet365 Sports and even the draw is extremely tempting at 5/1.
Lazio Try to add to Juventus' Misery
Juventus failed to pick up all three points last weekend against Sassuolo, which allowed Inter Milan to overtake them and claim solitary first place in the Italian Serie A. With the current leaders expected to win on Friday, the reigning champions must do the same on the road against Lazio. They are narrow favorites to pick up three points, as reflected by the odds of 3/2, but the hosts are no pushovers.
Lazio sit in the third-place and even though they are seven points behind the leaders, the Romans are yet to lose a match at home. They will throw everything they’ve got in this game against Juventus, so the odds of 2/1 offered by 888 Sport make a lot of sense. Both teams will try to avoid conceding an early goal and if the match drags long enough, a draw will please both teams and the odds on this outcome are 3/2.
Leverkusen Chases Rare Home Win
Leverkusen were able to claim a shocking victory on the road last week over the reigning champions. On Saturday at 5:30 PM UK time, they return home for a match against Schalke 04 and they hope for the same result. Odds of 9/10 offered by Winner Sports points towards a home win, but Leverkusen won just twice in seven home matches this season. They have the advantage in the head to head series against Schalke 04, but it’s been a while since they were able to defeat this team at home. Punters who bet on the visitors to win will be paid at 3/1, while the odds on a draw currently revolve around 27/10.