Premier League and Ligue 1 Matches Steal the Show on SundayPublished March 8, 2020 by Florin P
Manchester United take on City rivals in the most anticipated derby of the week, while Chelsea try to extend the winning streak against Everton.
Only a few matches catch the eye of punters and football fans on Sunday, but there is no shortage of high profile derbies. Manchester United welcome Manchester City in the highlight of the day, while Chelsea and Everton play another exciting Premier League game. Elsewhere, Real Madrid and Juventus play on the road in matches they must win in order to retain the first place in La Liga and Serie A.
Local Derby Brings the City of Manchester to Life
Manchester United is a surging team, winning back-to-back games in all competitions. This progress is meaningful, but it could be too little too late, as the Red Devils are trailing the leading pack. Manchester City are likely to be excluded from European football, which provides their city rivals with an excellent opportunity. United have home pitch advantage, but this doesn’t change their underdog status, as punters get odds of 4/1 on them to win. A victory for Manchester City gets odds of 3/5 at bet365 Sports.
Chelsea Seeks First Back-to-Back Victories in Four Months
Chelsea has alternated good and disappointing results over the last months, but overall, the team is largely disappointing. They can turn the ship around by defeating Everton at 2 PM UK time to defend the fourth place it currently occupies. This would make them eligible for a presence in the Champions League next season, which is the only objective left for this team. Everton are a poor traveling team, hence the odds of 11/5, while risk-averse punters who bet on Chelsea to prevail by any score will be paid at 4/5.
Real Madrid and Juventus Keep Title Hopes Alive on the Road
Real Madrid were able to defeat their archrivals last weekend, to cement their position at the top of the Spanish first division. They must build on those positive results and pick up three more valuable points, this time on the road against Betis Sevilla. This shouldn’t be a terribly difficult task, as reflected by the odds of 3/4, even though they play on the road. That’s because the hosts have plenty of injured or suspended players and are overall performing poorly regardless of venue.
Juventus have temporarily slipped into second place, but they have a game in hand and a good chance to return to the top. They only need to defeat Bologna on the road, in the match scheduled at 7 PM UK time. Juventus are the main favorites at 888 Sport, as they perform well away from home and have an excellent head to head record against this opponent. A bet on Juventus will produce odds of 3/4, while those who believe that Bologna is capable of stunning the reigning champions will be paid at 4/1.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, March 5 at 8 am UK time.