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Struggling European Football Clubs Try to Make Amends on SaturdayPublished October 27, 2018 by Florin P
Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Premier League, Serie A and La Liga action continues with matches that pit former champions against overachievers.
Most of the European football matches this weekend are scheduled for Saturday, but the really big derbies take place the next day. Punters have plenty of worthy betting opportunities on the first day of the weekend, as bet365 Sports and 888 Sport have ample coverage of football games. In the Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Premier League and La Liga, leaders and reigning champions try to consolidate their position.
Liverpool Goes for Solitary First Place
Liverpool and Manchester City are tied for the lead in the English Premier League, with 23 points each. The reigning champions play on Sunday against Tottenham, which means that Liverpool could claim solitary lead for at least 24 hours. They play against Cardiff and the match is so lopsided, that 888 Sport only offers odds of 1/10 on the hosts to prevail. By comparison, an away victory is priced at 21/1.
Elsewhere, Watford and Bournemouth are trying to consolidate their position in the first half after exceeding expectations. The two teams are separated by a single point and both are favorites to win against Huddersfield and Fulham. The difference is that Watford plays at home and enjoys odds of 4/5, whereas Bournemouth travel to London and are given odds of 3/2 against Fulham.
Atletico Madrid Continue Their Surge in La Liga
Atletico Madrid are finally back on track after a rather disappointing season start. Thery are within striking distance of the leaders and even though they don’t sit on the podium, they could actually overtake Barcelona. They play in the final match of the day at 7:45 PM UK time against Real Sociedad and won’t have an easy mission. Winter Sports gives them odds of 3/5 to prevail, in the match played in Madrid.
Real Sociedad are actually the best traveling team with three victories and one draw away from home. They will try to maintain this percentage on Saturday, against an opponent fighting a war on two fronts. Atletico has played against Dortmund midweek and will play in the Copa del Rey, so fatigue can be a problem for them. That’s why, punters should consider the odds of 12/5 on the visitors to win or draw.
Atalanta and Juventus are Big Favorites on Saturday
Atalanta have finally won a match in a convincing manner and they hope that will be the beginning of their resurgence. The good news is that today they have home pitch advantage in the match scheduled to start at 2 PM UK time against Parma. Not surprisingly, bet365 Sports only offers odds of 4/10 on the hosts to prevail, while a victory for the visiting side is priced at 7/1.
This is not even the most lopsided match of this weekend, because Juventus play on the road against Empoli. The visitors have just won the Champions League match against Manchester United, the most difficult of the entire week. The depth of their starting formation and the fact that they are undefeated in the Serie A justify the otherwise tiny odds of 3/10 at Intertops Sports for a victory on the road.