Sunday Brings Key Matches for a Champions League BerthPublished April 11, 2021 by Florin P
Manchester United and Leicester play on the road this Sunday, as they try to consolidate their position on the Premier League podium.
The leaders of major European football leagues have played on Saturday, but the next teams in line are scheduled to compete on Sunday. There are exciting games in all the top flights, with the Premier League to deliver the most anticipated matches. Manchester United and Leicester try to pick up valuable points on the road, while Atalanta and Atletico Madrid hope for similarly favorable outcomes away from home.
West Ham Challenge Leicester for Third Place
West Ham are still on a place that makes them eligible for the Champions League, but Chelsea and Tottenham are within striking distance. This puts a lot of pressure on them to defeat Leicester at home in the match scheduled for 2 PM UK time. The visitors have four points ahead of the hosts, but this is not enough for comfort and will need at least one point. Leicester are favorites with odds of 3/2 at bet365 Sports, but given their recent performances, 19/10 on the hosts is definitely value.
Manchester United makes Last Push for the Trophy
Manchester United are still playing in the Europa League and will need to manage their resources carefully in the remaining rounds. On the domestic front, they sit in the second place and have only theoretical chances of overtaking their city rivals. In the match against Tottenham, they will throw everything they’ve got to secure all three points. They have a commanding lead over third-place to afford an aggressive approach, so punters who bet on their victory enjoy odds of 3/2 at bet365 Sports.
Atalanta Travel to Florence with Champions League in Mind
Atalanta were unable to see their Champions League dreams come to fruition after being eliminated by Real Madrid. They can hope to play in the top European competition again next season if they finish on the podium in the Italian top flight. Victory over Fiorentina on the road is needed to bring them one step closer to this objective. They play against a team that lacks the motivation and quality to pose a real threat, so the odds of 3/5 offered by 888 Sport are low but justified.
Struggling Atletico Hope to Capitalize on El Clasico Result
Atletico Madrid can take advantage of the fact that Barcelona and Real Madrid play the timeless derby on Saturday. They still have a narrow lead over Barcelona, but are in danger of slipping into second place. Given the sizable advantage they had for most of the season, the situation is particularly stressful for Simeone. He will field an offensive starting formation against Betis and if his team wins, punters who back Atletico will be paid at 3/2. An unlikely home win is valued at 19/10 by 888 Sport.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, April 8 at 6 A.M. UK time.