Fading European Football Teams Try to Change their Fortunes on FridayPublished December 13, 2019 by Florin P
Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga teams try to end the slide on Friday and return to their winning ways against in-form opponents.
The last couple of weeks have been particularly difficult for certain German, French and Spanish teams with high expectations. Some of them play this Friday and they hope to change their fortunes by claiming what looked like predictable home wins. The visitors are in slightly better form, but home pitch advantage has always been huge for these three contenders.
Lille Hope to Extend Invincible Home Run
Lille remains the only French team yet to lose a match in front of its fans, after winning 7 and drawing two matches. They take on Montpellier on Friday evening at 7:45 PM UK time and they’re expected to pick up all three points. A slight advantage in the head to head record and a strong performance in home matches this season explain the odds of 9/10 at 888 Sport.
Montpellier were on the verge of causing the biggest upset of last round by defeating PSG at home after scoring the first goal. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to hold under pressure and conceded three unanswered goals to lose the game. This is a team that plays much better when it has home pitch advantage, so it is unlikely to avoid defeat against the best French home team in 2019.
Alaves can’t settle for a Draw against Levante
Alaves used to be a force to be reckoned with in home matches and they continue to meet the high expectations set for them. On the road, they are unable to pick up points even against weaker opponents and they’ve lost the last match by three goals to none. This makes the outcome of this game against Levante extremely important, as they need all three points to ward off the specter of relegation.
Alaves is yet to lose a home match against Levante, but six out of nine games played in front of the fans ended undecided. This time they can’t settle for a draw and will throw everything they’ve got to secure a win. 888 Sport offers identical odds on each team to prevail, so it’s worth backing the hosts at 17/10.
Struggling Hoffenheim Take on Red-Hot Augsburg
Hoffenheim are bleeding points both at home and on the road and are unable to maintain the high percentage of home wins. This doesn’t bode well for their Europa League expectations and something needs to change quickly. They will play on their own stadium this Friday at 7:30 PM UK time against Augsburg, one of the most in-form teams in the German first division.
Augsburg lost just once in the last six matches and are scoring in almost every game, so they are entitled to be optimistic ahead of this fixture. Their performance on the road leaves a lot to be desired, with a single victory in seven attempts. Punters should consider the odds of 19/20 currently offered by Winner Sports on Hoffenheim to return to their winning ways.