Saturday Brings Home-Pitch Advantage for the European Teams Leading their LeaguesPublished March 9, 2019 by Florin P
Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Manchester City and Celtic play in front of their fans on Saturday and are expected to extend their lead at the top for the tables.
The hottest European football clubs are scheduled to play on Saturday and among them are many reigning champions and current leaders. They are overwhelming favorites to win, especially with most of them having home pitch advantage, so punters can’t expect huge odds on outright victory. bet365 Sports and 888 Sport provide them with the alternative of placing handicap wagers.
Bayern Munich and Dortmund are Tied for the Lead
Dortmund had a huge lead over Bayern Munich less than two months ago, but the two teams are now separated only by the goal average. Both of them have home pitch advantage on Saturday in matches scheduled to start at 2:30 PM UK time. They can’t settle for anything less than a draw and according to the odds offered by Winner Sports, they are both likely to prevail. Bayern Munich are priced at 3/10 against Wolfsburg, while a Dortmund victory over Stuttgart will yield slightly better value of 7/20.
Barcelona Prepares for a Formality against Vallecano
The Catalans have extended their lead over Real Madrid to 12 points and they have a seven-point advantage over Atletico Madrid. Under these circumstances, they have virtually secured their objective of winning the La Liga and can focus exclusively on the Champions League. In anticipation of the home match against Lyon, they take on Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou and they are huge favorites to triumph. The odds of them to win currently stand at 1/5 with Intertops, but they will drop as kickoff draws near.
Manchester City are back in the Driver’s Seat
What looked like an insurmountable advantage has vanished into thin air, with Liverpool losing the first place in the English Premier League. There are now trailing the reigning champions and they are unlikely to overtake them this weekend, when Manchester City plays at home against Watford. The hosts have a few players doubtful because of injuries, but they have enough depth to replace them with ease. They have no reason to rest any ahead of the match against Schalke 04, so they can field a competitive starting formation. Not surprisingly, 888 Sport will only offer odds of 3/20 on the hosts to pick up all three points.