Saturday Brings the Best European Football Teams into the SpotlightPublished March 14, 2020 by Florin P
Saturday football action has title chasing teams play against lower ranked but highly motivated opponents in La Liga and the Bundesliga.
The apparent lack of derbies shouldn’t have a deterring effect on football fans, because Saturday is full of exciting matches. In Spain, England and Germany, the teams fighting for the trophies, as well as those trying to secure a European League berth are scheduled to play. Some take on relegation-threatened opponents, which are desperate to secure the points needed to remain in the top division.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester Play Tricky Away Games
Leicester play the first Premier League match on Saturday at 12:30 PM UK time against Watford. The hosts have recently defeated Liverpool to end their winning streak, but they are now credited with the second chance by bet365 Sports. Overall, they have struggled this season, hence the odds of 11/5 on their victory, as opposed to 13/10 for Leicester. Arsenal has an even more difficult task on the road against Brighton, as reflected by the odds of 3/2. In the final match of the day, Chelsea play against Aston Villa and in spite of missing key players, they benefit from odds of 3/5, while the hosts are priced at 9/2.
No Room for Error this Saturday for the Top German Teams
Bayern Munich are cruising in all the competitions they play and have secured the first place in the German first division. They will need to pick up all three points against Union Berlin on the road to retain their Bundesliga lead. Odds of 1/5 offered on the reigning champions by 888 Sport are rather low, given the hosts excellent form. Punters willing to take a leap of faith with them will enjoy amazing odds of 12/1 and even the draw is tempting at 6/1. Elsewhere, Dortmund and Leipzig play in front of their fans, but both will encounter stiff opposition from the likes of Schalke and Freiburg.
Valencia and Barcelona Gear Up for Unusual Derbies
Valencia and Levante are from the same city and there’s always a lot of enthusiasm surrounding their match. The former have just been eliminated from the Champions League and should focus all their resources on the La Liga campaign. 888 Sport expect them to win in the match scheduled for 3 PM UK time, in spite of their busy schedule and the lack of supporters. Punters can bet on Valencia and get odds of 7/10, as opposed to 4/1 for those who believe the visitors can cause an upset. In the other match of the day, Barcelona and Mallorca play a Catalan derby that the visitors are expected to win easily.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, March 12 at 9 am UK time.