By News Team
19th June 2020
We’re all set for a bumper weekend of European football, with Bundesliga and La Liga action being boosted by the return of Serie A.
Below we preview the weekend’s key game across each division.
RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund
With Bayern Munich, unsurprisingly, securing an incredible eighth successive Bundesliga title with victory over Werder Bremen on Tuesday, it means attention now turns to who will claim second spot with just two games of the season left to play.
Borussia Dortmund sit in second currently, three points ahead of third-placed RB Leipzig, and the two teams meet on Saturday, meaning it’s all set up to be a hotly contested affair. Dortmund are the favourites for that second spot – being priced at 1/6 to finish top (without Bayern), ahead of Leipzig at 7/2 – and a victory at the Red Bull Arena would be enough to seal it.
That said, it’s Leipzig who are the 27/20 favourites for victory on Saturday, and Chelsea-bound Timo Werner, who has five goals in his last six games, will more than fancy his chances of adding to that tally and spurring his side on to the win.
Leipzig, however, have been hugely inconsistent recently, dropping points in four of their last seven games, including throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Fortuna Dusseldorf last time out. Dortmund, who are 9/5 for the victory on Saturday, have for the most part turned in some impressive displays, but suffered a major blip when losing at home to struggling Mainz on Wednesday.
It’s set to be a tense game due to how tight it is in the table, and given a point would be a big result for Lucien Favre’s Dortmund side in the circumstances, that could be the most likely result at 27/10.
Atletico Madrid v Real Valladolid
Atletico Madrid going strong in the Champions League after knocking out reigning champions Liverpool, Diego Simeone couldn’t ask for much more from his side on that front. In La Liga, however, it’s not been quite the same story, with Atletico having been unable to mount a title challenge this year and in real danger of not even securing a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
Ahead of their clash against Real Valladolid on Saturday, Simeone’s men are currently just two points ahead of fifth placed Real Sociedad in fourth, but having played a game more, while they are 15 points behind leaders Barcelona. They are, however, 1/3 to finish in the top four come the end of the season.
As ever Atletico have been tough to beat this term, losing just four times in the league. It’s converting draws into wins that have been their problem, drawing a mammoth 13 times and winning 12. In fact, they’ve drawn four out of their last six in La Liga.
At home to 14th placed Valladolid, though, they should be confident of picking up the three points and are 4/11 odds-on favourites to do so. Just don’t expect many goals in this one – Atletico have managed just 37 in the league so far this term, with their top scorer Alvaro Morata still in single figures.
Instead, Atletico may take a goal and grind out a result they could really do with. Under 1.5 match goals is priced at 2/1.
Juventus vs Bologna
With the return of Serie A on Saturday, where Torino face Parma and Verona host Cagliari. Two days later and its leaders and reigning champions Juventus’ go as they travel to Bologna on Monday.
Juventus, who are chasing a stunning ninth consecutive Serie A title, currently lead second-placed Lazio by one point, with Bologna sitting in midtable in 10th. With Lazio not returning to action until Wednesday and facing a trip to fourth-placed Atalanta to boot, Monday night marks the perfect opportunity for Juve to hit the ground running and open up a lead at the top.
That shouldn’t be a problem for Cristiano Ronaldo and Co given they’ve played two Coppa Italia games this week, despite losing to Napoli in the final on Wednesday. They’ll be raring to make amends for that defeat at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium and are 11/4 to win both halves.