Domestic French and Italian Football Leagues Resume Action on FridayPublished October 16, 2020 by Florin P
The French Ligue 1 and the Italian second division are back this Friday with lopsided games between teams at the opposite ends of the standings.
The last two weeks were dominated by international football matches involving national teams. On Friday, domestic league action resumes across Europe, with French and Italian football kick starting the weekend. Two matches are scheduled in Ligue 1 where the current leader and the reigning champions play on the road, while former Serie A teams meet in the second division for an early Derby.
Bottom Placed Dijon Welcome Leading Rennes
Dijon are once again trying to avoid relegation at the end of the season and so far things are not going their way. The team sits in the last place with only one point in six matches and it is unlikely to secure victory on Friday evening. That’s because they welcome the current leaders and will play on a largely empty stadium. Under these circumstances, it comes as no surprise that bet365 Sports offers odds of 4/1 on the home team. Rennes are priced at 7/10 to prevail and the high odds are largely the consequence of them missing six players due to injury or suspension.
Reigning Champions Visit Nimes on Friday
PSG sit in the fourth place after six rounds, which is surprising for the reigning champions. The good news is that after a terrible start, they have returned to fitness and can once again rely on their best players. They won the last four games regardless of venue and are likely to pick up all three points against Nimes on the road. The visitors are priced at 1/4 by bet365 Sports, while a bet on the home team will produce staggering odds of 10/1. Both squads have a handful of players missing for this fixture, but PSG has plenty of depth to make these absentees go unnoticed.
Brescia and Lecce Bring Serie A Rivalry to Second Flight
Brescia and Lecce used to play in the Italian first division, but on Friday at 8 PM they will meet in the Serie B. Lecce played in the first flight last season, but were unable to retain all their key players, which explains their narrow underdogs status. Even so, punters will benefit from odds of 2/1 if they bet on the visitors to win, as opposed to 3/2 at 888 Sport on the home side. Both are low-scoring teams, but Lecce have a better defensive and are yet to concede a goal in the Italian second division. That’s why, in spite of bookmakers crediting them with a second chance, they are preferred by punters for this fixture.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Wednesday, October 14 at 5 pm UK time.