Premier League Derbies Steal the Front Page on SaturdayPublished February 22, 2020 by Florin P
Chelsea and Tottenham play the most exciting match of the day in the Premier League, with Manchester City and Leicester providing the extra thrills.
The Premier League teams are once again in the spotlight, as they play the most exciting games on Saturday afternoon. Elsewhere, the French and German championships have resumed and the football clubs chasing a Champions League berth are hard at work. Barcelona and Real Madrid continued their quest for the La Liga trophy in games that they are expected to win without breaking a sweat.
Chelsea and Tottenham Play a Heated Derby in London
Chelsea and Tottenham are in poor form and both teams are trying to stay within striking distance of the leading pack. They meet in a London derby at 12:30 PM UK time and Chelsea are credited with the first chance because they play at home. bet365 Sports offers 3/4 on a home win, while awarding odds of 7/2 to punters willing to take a leap of faith with the Spurs. Manchester City are in danger of missing the most important European competition after the UEFA. For the time being, they must focus on the task at hand and try to defeat Leicester on the road, an event priced at 4/5 by the same bookmaker.
Olympique Marseille Welcome Nantes at the Velodrome
Olympique Marseille sit confidently in the second place and are almost certain of their presence in the Champions League groups next season. Their victory over Lille means a great deal for the club, but they need to double down on that triumph by defeating Nantes. The visitors are in awful form and struggle to score goals regardless of venue, which makes them the clear underdogs for this fixture. Even so, punters can still expect odds of 7/10 on Marseille, while the visitors benefit from odds of 4/1 to cause an upset.
Schalke Challenge Leipzig on Saturday
Schalke will try to take advantage of Leipzig’s busy schedule and defeat the runners-up on Saturday afternoon. Home pitch advantage and the overall solid record against top German teams doesn’t seem to matter much ahead of this game. 888 Sport offers odds of 31/10 on the home side to prevail, mostly because of their inability to keep clean sheets. Leipzig players might be tired after the Champions League match against Tottenham, but they still get odds of 4/5 which isn’t much for an away fixture.
Easy Fixtures for Barcelona and Real Madrid
In spite of their recent setback against Celta Vigo, Real Madrid are still leading the Spanish first division by a single point. They need to defeat Levante on the road, a team that has caused them plenty of headaches in the past. Meanwhile, Barcelona has home pitch advantage against Eibar who have won a single match away from home and are in danger of relegation. Backing both favorites to win on Saturday will yield combined odds of only 3/4, but it’s hard to envision an upset in either game.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour and date the article was written, respectively 2 pm UK time, Thursday February 20th.