To whet your appetite for the return of club football, here are six hot fixtures for you to look forward to across Europe’s top leagues this weekend.
Chelsea vs Man Utd
Can Sarri add to Mourinho’s mounting problems?
A big game this Saturday in London, where Chelsea will host Man Utd, as Jose Mourinho will come up against a high-flying Chelsea team under the managerial leadership of Maurizio Sarri for the first time at Stamford Bridge. Manchester United’s performances this season have been unimpressive and if they cannot step up to beat Chelsea, calls for Mourinho’s head are bound to increase.
Manchester United will aim to keep their manager at the helm after recent poor form, while Chelsea will want to continue their unbeaten start to the season. Eight games in the Premier League so far, and Mourinho’s team are in the 8th position – closer to the bottom of the table than to the current leaders Manchester City. United are backed at a huge (5.00) odds on SportyBet to overturn their dwindling fortunes in the Premier League and get a win at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues, who have not lost at home to United since October 2012 have won six matches and played two draws so far in the Premier League, gaining 20 points from a possible 24 under Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte this summer. Chelsea defeated Manchester United 1-0 in FA Cup final last season and also by the same score in Premier League at Stamford Bridge. The year before saw a 1-0 win for Chelsea in FA Cup and a 4-0 win in Premier League thereby making Chelsea the favorites in this tie at odds of (1.75) with SportyBet. A draw at full time is priced at odds of (3.95), while a correct score of 1-0 is priced by SportyBet at odds of (6.00).
Under 2.5 goals has landed in eight of the last 10 meetings between these two teams and that brings the (1.93) by SportyBet for another low scoring affair into play.
Wolfsburg vs Bayern
Bayern Munich will look to end a four-game winless run across all competitions against Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday in round eight of the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg sits in mid-table only two points below Niko Kovac’s side this weekend.
Wolfsburg, who just managed to avoid relegation last year, isn’t in good form either – they haven’t won in their last five matches. Bayern is favorites to win the game and priced at odds of (1.41) by SportyBet to stop their slump. Bayern Munich won 2-1 in Wolfsburg when the two teams last met in February, and a repeat of that scoreline (1-2) can be backed on SportyBet at a huge (7.20). Bayern has won their last four competitive matches away to Wolfsburg (3 Bundesliga + 1 DFB Pokal).
On SportyBet, Wolfsburg is at (7.60) to get the victory here despite their poor form. A draw is priced at (5.00).
Inter Milan vs AC Milan
The ‘Derby della Madonnina’ – fierce city derby between rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan holds once again on Sunday, as Inter looks to leapfrog Napoli in second place and challenge champions Juventus at the top of the table in Italy. AC Milan are also in great form and are more than capable of getting a result against their hometown rivals, with both teams hitting form over recent weeks
Inter Milan has won six games in a row across all competitions, while AC Milan is unbeaten in eight matches across all competitions. Luciano Spalletti’s Inter won the corresponding fixture last season 3-2, and are at (2.49) odds to win the most highly anticipated fixture this coming weekend in the ninth round of action in Italy’s Serie A.
There have been five draws in the last eight league games between the two teams. AC Milan is at (2.95) to get the victory, while a draw is priced at (3.35) on SportyBet.
Over 2.5 goals have been scored in four out of the last eight Serie A games between the two teams, and this could be backed at odds of (1.81) on SportyBet.
Barcelona vs Sevilla
La Liga champions Barcelona have started their title defense in disjointed form and are winless in their last four league outings, as they welcome the current league leaders – Sevilla to the Camp Nou on Saturday. In the last 5 meetings between these teams, FC Barcelona has the upper hand with four wins out of six, then one draw. The two teams are separated by just one point and Barcelona are huge favorites being priced at (1.39) with SportyBet.
Sevilla FC’s last away win against FC Barcelona was in 2010 and are the clear underdogs in this match with odds of (6.80) on SportyBet. A draw is available at (5.80).
Barcelona has the best attack in the league with 19 goals scored in 8 matches followed by Sevilla with 18 goals scored. We expect a high-scoring affair between two teams with great attacking depth. Over 2.5 goals to be scored at Camp Nou is available at odds of (1.26) on SportyBet.
Villareal vs Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid is just one point behind current league leaders Sevilla in the chase for the top La Liga spot early in the season, taking advantage of unexpected slip-ups from both Barcelona and Real Madrid after eight rounds in Primera Division.
Villarreal has struggled so far this season, after a promising 2017/18 campaign. They have lost four of their eight La Liga fixtures so far and are closer to the bottom of the table than ever, amid an underwhelming start of their campaign. With a good head to head record against the Diego Simeone’s side, Yellow Submarine hasn’t suffered a loss to their rivals since April 2015, getting four wins and two draws in last six clashes. A win for Villareal in this encounter is priced at odds of (3.60) with SportyBet
Since goalkeeper Jan Oblak joined Atletico Madrid, they have never conceded more than their expected goals against total and have conceded just four goals this season.
We’ve seen Atletico Madrid keep the clean sheet in four of five outings before the International break, and a clean sheet for them is available in this encounter at (1.82) with SportyBet, while away win and under 2.5 goals at the full time is available at odds of (2.33) with SportyBet.
West Ham vs Tottenham
One of the most anticipated games of the Premier League season takes place on Saturday afternoon in the London Derby as West Ham host Tottenham Hotspur.
West Ham’s season looked to be back on track after taking seven points from nine against Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United but a loss to Brighton in their last match stopped that progress. Tottenham meanwhile has won their last three games in the Premier League and are just two points off the top of the league.
Last season when the two teams first met, Spurs won 3-2, and later in the year, West Ham got revenge knocking Tottenham out of the League Cup by the same scoreline, having been 2-0 down, while the final clash between the two sides in the Premier League was a 1-1 draw. Both teams to score looks likely for this game, and its available at odds of (1.63) on SportyBet.
Matches between these two teams are often lively and West Ham will be highly motivated to bounce back after a setback to Brighton, while Spurs are in good form themselves. A draw is available at the full time at odds of (3.85) on SportyBet, while a win for Spurs is available at odds of (1.93) and a win for West Ham is available at odds of (4.10) on SportyBet.