Saturday brings Decisive Matches for the Champions LeaguePublished April 27, 2019 by Florin P
Champions League and Europa League contenders resume the hunt for vital points while having home pitch advantage on Saturday.
The second day of the weekend has a dozen potentially decisive matches scheduled in all the important European championships. Perhaps the most exciting ones are played in Germany and Spain, with one game of interest coming from France. This is where PSG try to secure the second trophy by winning the Coupe de France against a team that has often made the final stages of this competition.
Home Pitch Advantage for the top German Teams
The best Bundesliga teams have high expectations from the matches scheduled this Saturday, as all of them play at home. Bayern play on Sunday, but three key matches are scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 PM UK time. Dortmund played the most interesting match of the day against Schalke and they are favorites against the old rivals, with odds of 1/2 at bet365 Sports. Punters will get precisely the same value on them to defeat Hertha Berlin, while a victory for Leipzig is more likely, as reflected by the odds of 3/10.
The Second Trophy in 2019 is within PSG Grasp
PSG have officially won the Ligue 1 trophy, but this was expected from them and it wasn’t enough to appease the fans. They had high expectations from their Champions League campaign and have not yet forgotten the humiliating home defeat at the hands of Manchester United. Another victory in the Coupe de France final against Rennes would definitely help and PSG are big favorites. The match is played on neutral ground, but still in Paris, so punters can’t expect odds higher than 3/10 at Winner Sports.
All La Liga Home Teams are Favorites at Home on Saturday
Four matches are scheduled in the Spanish first flight on Saturday and except for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, all participating teams have vested interests. Barcelona have been officially crowned winners of the Spanish first division and Atletico Madrid are certain to play in the Champions League next season. Their opponents for this weekend, however, are still in danger of relegation and will play as well as they can on the road. Neither Valladolid nor Levante are likely to achieve anything meaningful in these games.
Athletic Bilbao welcome Alaves in a match between two teams who hope to play in Europa League next season. The Basques are favorites at odds of 7/10 at Intertops, and the visitors have lost most of the recent matches. Leganes have avoided relegation, but the same can’t be said about Celta Vigo who are struggling a few points above the faithful threshold. The visitors are more motivated to win, but they play against a team that has lost just twice at home this season.