Weekly Marquee Matches for Apr. 15
Chelsea hosting Manchester United has to be the biggest match in Europe this weekend, but some of the league leaders may be tested even though they are at home.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus are all at home and betting favorites as is Inter Milan, who are in their big derby match with AC Milan.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United – Matchup Report
Chelsea is really in the driver’s seat to win the EPL title. However, Man U has won five straight league matches and they have scored 12 goals in that span. The Blues have not only scored the most goals in league play, but they have conceded the fewest as well. If Man U loses or plays to a draw there is virtually no chance for them to capture the EPL crown.
Bet365 has Chelsea as the home EPL betting favorite at +105 with Man U at +280 and a draw line of +250.
Juventus vs. Lazio
Juventus, pretty much, has the Scudetto in the bag, but while they are 11 points clear of second place Lazio and at home the away squad has won five straight league matches. Juve is coming off a rare loss, which was only their second of the season, and they beat Lazio in Rome 3-0 earlier in the Serie A season.
No shock Juve is the favorite at Bet365 at -105 with Lazio at +300 and a draw line at +250.
Inter Milan vs. AC Milan
The big derby match has lost some of its luster in the last couple of season and this season each squad needs a win just to have any chance to play in the Europa League next season. AC Milan has two wins in their last five league matches and Inter only has one. However, AC Milan is unbeaten in their last three matches and when these two rivals met earlier this season they played to a 1-1 draw.
Inter is the Serie A betting favorite in this match at Bet365 with posted odds of +125 and AC Milan at +225 and a draw line of +225.
Barcelona vs. Valencia – Matchup Report
Barcelona’s impressive win streak came to end in their last match playing to a draw and they are only two points clear of second place Real Madrid. They are big betting favorites at home facing a Valencia squad that is unbeaten in their last four league matches and sits in fourth place in the La Liga table. Earlier this season Barcelona beat Valencia on the road 1-0.
Barca is the big time Bet365 betting favorite at home at -500 with Valencia at +1000 and a draw line of +600.
Real Madrid vs. Malaga – Matchup Report
After a little hiccup Real has won three straight league matches and is only two points back of Barcelona. Malaga has been a surprise this season, but they have given up ground with two draws and two losses in their last four league matches. Malaga’s defense will be the key in this match facing a Real Madrid attack that has scored the most goals in La Liga play.
At Bet365 Real is posted at -800 with Malaga at +1600 and a draw line at +750.
Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich – Matchup Report
Bayern got over their second loss of the season by winning two straight matches and they are 10 points clear of Wolfsburg, so another Bundesliga title is theirs for the taking. They are on the road facing a Hoffenheim squad that is in seventh in the league table, but has lost their last two matches. Earlier this season in Munich, Bayern crushed Hoffenheim 4-0.
While Bayern is on the road Bet365 has them as the Bundesliga betting favorite at -200 and Hoffenheim at +500 and a draw line of +333.