Runners-up Play Cling on to Their Faint Hopes on SaturdayPublished May 4, 2019 by Florin P
Liverpool and Dortmund try to close the gap separating them from the leaders, while Inter Milan and Udinese play key matches on Saturday evening.
The European football adventure continues on Saturday when some of the best teams in Germany and English play decisive matches. The runners-up are in dire need of points on the road, but they need the leaders to fail in games where they are overwhelming favorites. At the bottom of the tables, some teams are doing their very best to avoid relegation and prepare for 90-minute sieges against better opponents.
Liverpool and Tottenham Fight Wars on two Fronts
Liverpool has lost against Barcelona midweek, while Tottenham was defeated by Ajax and both teams prepare for the second leg. Meanwhile, they play key matches on the road against stringy opponents that have nothing to lose and can afford to take more chances upfront. Tottenham play first, immediately after noon and they’re credited with the first chance and odds of 19/20 at bet365 Sports to defeat Bournemouth. Liverpool have an even easier mission late in the afternoon, when they travel to Newcastle where they are priced at 7/20. Both are expected to be high-scoring matches, as the hosts will be tempted to gamble.
Bayern and Dortmund Resume their Bundesliga Race
Bayern has closed an important gap, but failed to defeat last placed Nuremberg last weekend in a match played on the road. They can make amends and virtually secure another trophy by defeating Hanover at 2:30 PM UK time. This is now the worst team in the Bundesliga, and since the reigning champions have home pitch advantage, odds of 1/20 are to be expected. Meanwhile, Dortmund have a more difficult mission on the road against Bremen, which is reflected by the odds of 13/10 offered by 888 Sport.
Inter Milan Brace for a Hard Match against Udinese
Inter Milan are well-positioned to secure another Champions League berth as they sit in the third -place. Having said this, two teams are within striking distance, so unless they defeat Udinese on the road, their presence in the most important European competition will be in jeopardy. The hosts have plenty to fight for as well, since they are just one place above the relegation line with a four-point advantage. There are four more rounds to be played in the Italian Serie A, so this is a match that none of the teams can afford to lose. An Inter Milan victory is priced at 4/5 by Winner Sports, while Udinese are given great odds of 4/1.