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European Club Revelations Kickstart Exciting Football WeekendPublished October 26, 2018 by Florin P
Espanyol, St. Etienne and M’glabach continue their surge to the top, as European football league action resumes on Friday evening.
The most exciting matches of this weekend are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, but there’s no shortage of football entertainment on Friday. It is today when some of the pleasant surprises of this season will be playing and the teams involved hope to consolidate their positions in the standings. La Liga, Bundesliga, Championship and Ligue 1 matches begin after 7:30 PM UK time and punters can bet on them at bet365 Sports and 888 Sport.
Valladolid and Espanyol Aim for the First Place
Barcelona and Real Madrid are the main favorites to win the Spanish championship and they play a heated match on Sunday. Meanwhile, Valladolid and Espanyol have the unique opportunity of claiming temporary lead of La Liga. Espanyol are in a better position because they currently sit in the second place, just one point behind their city rivals. They play on the road at 8 PM UK time where they have won just once the season, which explains why the odds offered by Intertops Sports are as high as 3/2.
Valladolid are one of the three teams undefeated on the road, an incredible performance for the newly promoted squad. Now they will have home pitch advantage and if they claim all three points, they will have 18 points, just like leading Barcelona. There are no injury concerns for the hosts and that’s why the odds of 2/1 are quite tempting. We get a similar value of 21/10 on the match to end undecided.
High Expectations for Borussia M’Gladbach
The 4-0 victory over Mainz has reignited hope for M’Gladbach who can now tie Dortmund for the lead on Friday. All they need to do is to defeat Freiburg on the road to hit the psychological threshold of 20 points and climb on the first step in the German Bundesliga. Most of their injured players have returned to fitness, so even though they play on the road it’s worth considering them at odds of 13/10 with 888 Sport.
Freiburg are winless in October and the last two matches ended undecided, but another draw wouldn’t be regarded as a bad result today. In fact, home pitch advantage won’t provide the motivation to throw everything they’ve got at the visitors and take too many chances. Punters should consider the odds of 3/5 on a double chance bet indicating that the hosts won’t lose or bet on a low scoring match.
bet365 Sports offers odds of 3/2 on the visitors to pick up a rare victory on the road, while pricing a home win at 2/1. St. Etienne are known for scoring few goals in away matches and there are much better at preventing opponents from scoring. Under these circumstances, the odds of 5/2 offered on a draw are quite tempting and the same goes for a wager on the under 2.5 goals market.