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Uneventful Saturday Offers Great Opportunities for PuntersPublished February 16, 2019 by Florin P
Lopsided matches pit strong teams with high expectations against mediocre opponents and squads struggling to avoid relegation.
There’s a surprising shortage of exciting matches on Saturday, with this weekend’s schedule pitting strong teams against weaker opponents. This bodes well for the former who also have to focus on the midweek matches played in flagship European competitions. Punters, however, can use the opportunity to place accumulator bets and add multiple favorites on the same betting slip.
Atalanta and AC Milan play the local Derby
The two teams are separated by only a few kilometres and this local derby is extremely important for both. None of them will play in any European competition, so they can commit all their resources to this match starting at 7:30 PM UK time. Atalanta has home pitch advantage and a strong home record throughout the season, which explains the odds of 11/10 offered by bet365 Sports on them to win. AC Milan have the advantage in the head to head record, so the odds of 13/5 surely look tempting.
Atletico and Barcelona Play against Newly Promoted Teams
Atletico and Barcelona have both won the Spanish first division in recent years, but the Catalans are the reigning champions and the current leaders. They have an excellent opportunity to consolidate their position at the top of the standings, as they play at home against Valladolid. Punters will only get odds of 3/20 at 888 Sport on Barcelona to prevail, but could be paid at 15/1 if the visitors cause an upset. It will be more difficult for Atletico Madrid to win the match on the road, but they are still favorites against Rayo Vallecano. We currently get odds of 4/5 on them to triumph, but these odds are expected to drop.
Identical odds on Leipzig and Schalke 04
Leipzig and Schalke 04 are both given odds of 7/10 at Intertops, even though the former play on the road, while the latter have home pitch advantage. That’s because Leipzig takes on Stuttgart which is a newly promoted team and one likely to relegate at the end of the season. Schalke 04 on the other hand, play against Freiburg, only a few days before an incredibly difficult home match against Manchester City. Both games are scheduled at 2:30 PM UK time and the underdogs are priced at 4/1.