European Teams Make the Last Push for the Champions LeaguePublished May 3, 2019 by Florin P
Sevilla, Marseille and Torino play key matches this Friday, in their attempt to secure a place in the most important European tournaments.
The first weekend of May brings great news to football fans, as matches are scheduled in all important European competitions. There’s a single game taking place in each of the main divisions, but some of these matches could determine the teams that qualify for the Champions League.
Sevilla Plays Its Final Card for the Champions League
Sevilla has squandered a significant lead the season and has to win the remaining two matches, while hoping that Getafe will fail. On Friday at 8 PM UK time, they play at home against Leganes and bet365 Sports credits them with the first chance and odds of only 2/5. The visitors have survived relegation and are not expected to play with the same intensity on the road. This means that in spite of the low odds, it is worth backing Sevilla to claim three valuable points.
Marseille Play with their Back against the Wall
Marseille are on the verge of crashing out of the places that would make them eligible for a presence in the European competitions. Unless they defeat Strasbourg on the road this Friday, they are certain to miss out even on Europa League. With only two rounds left, they still have theoretical chances and will throw everything they’ve got in the match scheduled at 7:45 PM. 888 Sport has them priced at even odds, while those who bet on the unmotivated Strasbourg to win will be paid at 3/1 if they produce an upset.
Juventus and Torino Play the Derby Della Molle
Juventus have won the Serie A once again, but they were eliminated from the Champions League, so this season was largely a disappointment. In the match against city rivals Torino, they lack motivation and won’t play at 100% in front of their fans. Odds of 3/4 offered by Intertops no longer look that attractive, especially with the visitors playing for a Champions League place. Betting on the underdog will result in odds of 3/1 which is exceptional value, given the fact that Torino lost just once away from home.
High Likelihood for Draws in the Premier League and Bundesliga
Everton welcome Burnley in the English Premier League, while Leipzig play on the road against Mainz in the German Bundesliga. Both are favorites and priced at 7/10 by Winner Sports, although they have nothing to fight for. Leipzig has secured its Champions League berth, while Everton won’t play in a European competition next season. Their opponents have achieved their objective of avoiding relegation, so these games are likely to result in low scoring draws.