It’s coming down to it in the regular seasons for most of the European domestic leagues, so every match matters from this point forward. This weekend is full of rivalry matchups and important top-table clashes, and we have you covered with the best bets on the slate with our weekend soccer rundown.
Spanish La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid
A fierce history of over 100 years has helped make the Madrid derby one of the biggest rivalry matches in the world. With Real Madrid sitting in third place (42 pts) and Atletí two points ahead of them in second (44 pts), this will be a pivotal matchup, as both clubs try to inch closer to La Liga leaders Barcelona (50 pts). Atletico Madrid lost their first competitive game in 19 attempts last time out, as Real Betis managed to scrape a narrow 1-0 victory at the Benito Villamarin. With that being said, the hosts are still unbeaten at home across all competitions this season. Real Madrid have got a shorter recovery time at the weekend, after going head-to-head with Barcelona on Wednesday evening in El Clasico action but will be full of confidence after a positive result. Expect plenty of shots on goal and consider betting on Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema to score (8.00) at Rush777.
Italian Serie A: Fiorentina vs. Napoli
In this particular matchup, the home side is unbeaten across the last eight Serie A head-to-head matches. With that being said, Fiorentina have become ‘draw specialists’ this campaign, with nearly half (ten) of their 22 games this season ending level. Recent league form (W1, D3, L1) will see Fiorentina start matchday 23 four points behind the top six in the Serie A table. Fiorentina have scored eight goals in their last three Serie A games, as well as putting seven past Roma in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals. The arrival of Luis Muriel seems to have solved their problems up front. On the other side, Napoli beat Sampdoria 3-0 last week in a display of strength against one of the most in-form teams in the league. They also shaved Juventus’ domestic lead to two points, although they are unlikely to ever catch the Old Lady this season. Dries Mertens will likely be the man to step up and take the penalty shots for Napoli this weekend, and with good odds (8.00), you should consider betting on that to happen at Rush777.
English Premier League: Manchester City vs. Chelsea
Manchester City moved back into the Premier League lead briefly on Wednesday night following a road victory at Everton. In 2019, it’s now 36 goals and nine wins in ten matches for City (W9, L1). Impressively, they have conceded just four goals in that time and kept a clean sheet in seven of those ten matches. Despite jumping back atop the domestic table, the Citizens may start this clash in second, depending on the outcome of Liverpool’s home match versus Bournemouth on Saturday. Man City is only leading the Reds in goal differential, while Liverpool has a game in hand on their title contenders. Chelsea breezed past Huddersfield last weekend, but they have lost their last three away games in all competitions, falling at Tottenham, Arsenal and Bournemouth since the turn of the calendar. They’ve also won only one of their last five visits to the Etihad Stadium. On the other hand, they did win the reverse fixture 2-0, as goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz ruined City’s chances of an unbeaten season. The Citizens look set to add to Chelsea’s recent away woes by taking revenge on the 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. A positive result should move the defending champions back to the top of the table, unless Liverpool can make up a seven-goal difference between the pair this weekend. Obviously, Sergio Aguero remains the lead man for City, so look for him to lead his team to victory. In fact, consider taking advantage of a Rush777 special by betting on Aguero to score and David Luiz to get booked in the match (4.00).