European Title Chasing Teams Play Key Matches on FridayPublished January 18, 2019 by Florin P
The runners-up in major European football leagues play potentially decisive matches on Friday evening against stringy opponents
Friday, January 18 marks the official return of all important European football leagues. Some of these championships have already resumed, but football enthusiasm is once again sweeping across the continent. In the German, French and Spanish championship, some of the most intense games of the week are scheduled for the first they of the weekend.
Bayern Munich Seeks Redemption at Hoffenheim
The reigning German champions and the most successful team from this country in recent years are now stuck in the second place. They can’t afford to slip any further and are anxious to remount their return to the first place, currently occupied by Dortmund. On Friday at 7:45 PM UK time, Bayern Munich travels to Hoffenheim for a match they are favorites to win. bet365 Sports offers odds of 3/5 on the visitors to pick up all three points against a team that lost just twice this season. The hosts are priced at 4/1 by the same bookmaker, while the prospect of the match ending undecided is given odds of 7/2.
Lille Try to Consolidate Second Place in Ligue 1
Lille are second in the French first division but at a huge distance from the leading PSG. The reigning champions are undefeated this year and have virtually added another trophy to their collection. For the team in the second place, finishing in this spot is the objective for this year and they are well-positioned to achieve their goal. Lille are yet to lose a match at home and will aim for all three points when Amiens come visiting. 888 Sport offers odds of 3/5 on the home side to prevail, while being willing to give punters 5/1 on an away victory. The odds of the match to end undecided currently stand at 3/1.
Getafe and Alaves Compete for the Fifth Place
Alaves sit in the fifth place and a victory on the road against Getafe would allow them to leapfrog both Real Madrid and Sevilla. Their best performance this year was recorded in front of their fans, while on the road, they have virtually split points in the 10 matches played so far. Winner Sports regards the visitors as underdogs in this match, as reflected by the odds of 4/1. This is the kind of match that could well result in a low scoring draw, and the odds for the teams to split points revolve around 23/10. The most likely result according to the bookmaker is a narrow home win for Getafe which get odds of 9/10.