Title Chasing Teams Put their Hopes on Home Pitch Advantage this SaturdayPublished January 23, 2021 by Florin P
Leverkusen and AC Milan welcome tough opponents on empty stadiums, while Monaco and Marseille play in a Ligue 1 classic derby.
Reigning champions and teams hoping to win their domestic leagues in 2021 will be playing on Saturday afternoon. There are excellent betting opportunities for the fans of English, French, German and Italian football. Monaco and Marseille play a tantalizing match in the Ligue 1, while Wolfsburg try to put an end to Leverkusen’s winning streak at home. In Italy, AC Milan take on local rivals Atalanta in a match where the leaders are credited with the second chance in spite of having home pitch advantage.
Aston Villa Try to Capitalize on Newcastle’s Misery
Aston Villa was unable to win any of the last three games and as a result the team sank into the second half of the Premier League. The good news is that they are at full strength and will play the next match in Birmingham against a team that is in even worse form. Newcastle didn’t win in nine games and this is one of the worst traveling teams in the English first division, hence the odds of 11/2. 888 Sport will only offer odds of 1/2 on a home win which is hard to justify given the absence of the fans from the stands.
Monaco and Marseille Play the Derby of the South
Friday evening promises to be special for the fans of French football, especially those who live in southern France. Monaco is one of the hottest team in the Ligue 1 and lost a single match at home the entire season, while riding a hot streak. With four victories in the last five matches, they are optimistic ahead of this match against local rivals Marseille. 888 Sport regard them as slight favorites with odds of 9/20, while being more generous with the Marseille win, more precisely odds of 29/10.
Wolfsburg Challenges Leverkusen’s Home Strength
Wolfsburg overcame a lot of adversity midweek to defeat Mainz on the road and will try to win back-to-back matches. This time they take on a far more difficult opponent, as Leverkusen lost a single game in front of the fans. They also had a difficult match on Tuesday but found the way to defeat Dortmund and are favorites again with even odds. There is definitely value with the visitors, which are priced at 5/2 by bet365 Sports and have no injured players, unlike the hosts who struggle with many absentees.
Exceptional Odds on AC Milan to Defeat Atalanta
AC Milan are the leaders of the Italian first division, with three points ahead of Inter Milan and 10 more than Atalanta. Given the advantage they have over Saturday’s opponents, one would expect them to be credited with the first chance by bookmakers. bet365 Sports offers odds of 17/10 to the home side, while favoring the visitors at 13/10 and that’s because of the numerous absentees plaguing AC Milan. A high number of recent head to head matches ended undecided, so the draw should be considered in this fixture.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Wednesday, January 20 at 6 pm UK time.