Reigning Champions Defend Their Crowns in Saturday Football MatchesPublished October 20, 2018 by Florin P
Manchester City, Juventus, Barcelona and PSG play on Saturday afternoon and evening, as European football clubs return on the big stage.
Football fans are in for a treat this weekend, as all the important European leagues resume action with exciting games scheduled. On Saturday, Italian, Spanish, English and French domestic championships will have the reigning champions play in front of their fans. Home pitch advantage and the sheer quality of their starting formations explain why they are big favorites at bet365 Sports and 888 Sport. Punters can bet on the outright winner, or get creative and wager on one of the many markets available.
Chelsea and Manchester United Play the Premier League Derby
The most exciting match of the day in Europe is the one between Chelsea and Manchester United at 12:30 PM UK time. They are separated by seven points and with the match taking place at Stamford Bridge, bet365 Sports justly credit the hosts with the first chance. Punters can only hope to get odds of 7/10 and as they are expected to drop before kickoff, it’s worth betting on them while they last., Manchester United fans can take the double chance wager and capitalize on odds of 11/10 on them not to lose.
Manchester City play at home against Burnley, while Liverpool travel to Huddersfield searching for all three points. These two teams are such big favorites that punters who bet on both to win can’t expect odds in excess of 9/20. Tottenham at West Ham play in a low-profile Derby of London that the visitors are expected to win, at least according to the odds of 9/10.
Barcelona Play against Sevilla at Nou Camp
This season start is one of the worst in a decade for Barcelona, but the reigning champions are still ahead of Real Madrid. Interesting enough, it is Sevilla who sit in the first place with 15 points and they need to avoid defeat to consolidate their position. They play on the road at 7:45 PM UK time and 888 Sport gives them spectacular odds of 6/1 to win or 2/1 on a double chance wager. By comparison, Barcelona only get odds of 2/5, which is rather low given the fact that they play against the current La Liga leaders.
Real Madrid and Valencia can’t afford any false steps as both of them play at home against weaker opponents. Punters can bet on both of them to win and be rewarded with combined odds of 8/10. Another exciting game is the one between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, where the visitors are narrow favorites and enjoy odds of 11/10. The hosts are winless at Estadio de la Ceramica where they lost four games.
A Mere Formality for Roma, Juventus and PSG
The reigning Italian champions have home pitch advantage against Genoa and Intertops Sports gives them odds of 1/5 to prevail. Elsewhere, AS Roma play at home against SPAL and the odds of their victory are only slightly higher, sitting at 7/20. Napoli fans are likely to celebrate later in the day, since their team plays on the road against Udinese at 7:30 PM UK time.
PSG are cruising in the French first division and they are very likely to lift another trophy at the end of the season. With nine victories in as many games and a crushing lead over Lille, they welcome Amiens on Saturday at 4 PM UK time. This is one of the most lopsided matches in all major European football leagues this weekend, with Winner Sports offering odds of 1/10 on the hosts to prevail.