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The European Football Season Ends with a Bang This WeekendPublished May 25, 2018 by Florin P
Real Madrid and Liverpool play in the most important match in European football, as the Champions League final is scheduled for Saturday night.
Most of the important European championships have ended, but football fans are in for one more treat. Real Madrid plays against Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday in Kiev. Elsewhere, championship teams try to secure a place in the Premier League in the final act of the playoffs at Wembley. This weekend will also decide the names of the teams that will join the best Italian squads playing in Serie A in 2019.
Real Madrid Chases Its Third Straight Champions League Trophy
Real Madrid is credited with the first chance by 10bet Sportsbook to win the Champions League final on Saturday. Those who bet on a victory in regulation time will enjoy odds of 13/10, while a draw is priced at 3/1. The Spanish outfit has its best players fit to play and Cristiano returned to fitness and even scored last weekend. Zidane will try to take advantage of the numerous gaps existing in Liverpool’s backline and take the lead early on. Another bet worth considering is on more than 2.5 goals to be scored.
Liverpool has enjoyed a relatively smooth ride through the Champions League, but left its guard down against AS Roma. A mediocre defensive performance almost ruined their efforts so far, but eventually the English team has survived a scare. Klopp will field the same offensive starting formation with three strikers, but the real concerns are with the defense. Punters who choose to bet on Liverpool to prevail in regulation time will enjoy odds of 2/1 at 888 Sport.
Fulham and Aston Villa Fight On Wembley for Premier League Spot
In the first round of the Championship playoffs, Fulham and Aston Villa prevailed by the narrowest of margins. The team from Birmingham won on the road and split points at home, while Fulham won the second leg by 2:0. Now they meet on a neutral venue and it is the Londoners who are credited with the first chance by bookmakers. You’ll get odds of 13/10 on Fulham to win in regulation time at 888 Sport.
Aston Villa is the only team that has won a playoff game on the road, so they are worth considering at odds of 2/1. In head to head games home pitch advantage was extremely important, with both teams winning the vast majority of points at home. Since the two teams have returned to the Championship, each won two home games and no match ended undecided. Having said this, this is a game of extraordinary pressure and we don’t expect too many goals to be scored.
The Playoffs Begin for Serie B Teams
The Serie B playoffs have a unique format, with the two semifinals being decided in a single match. Bari takes on Cittadella on Saturday and Venezia plays against Perugia on Sunday. If matches end undecided in regulation time and after the two extra periods, the better placed team advances to the final. Bari and Venezia have this advantage and they also play in front of their fans which explains the odds of 11/10.
10bet Sportsbook offers odds of 2/1 and above to punters willing to bet on the visitors. Because of the special format of this competition, the draw looks particularly appealing to home teams. Both games are expected to be low-scoring affairs, because of the high-stakes and the sheer nature of Italian football.