Favorites Brace for Challenging Matches on the Road this FridayPublished March 12, 2021 by Florin P
M’Gladbach and Valencia chase meaningless victories on the road on Friday, while Lyon and Aston Villa follow their dreams in away fixtures.
An action-packed football week is about to reach its inevitable conclusion. Friday matches are just the warm-up for what looks like an exciting couple of days. Favorites travel to stadiums where they haven’t enjoyed a great deal of success in recent years. Some are struggling to return to their winning ways, while others are on track to secure ambitious objectives, so the stakes are as high as they get.
Aston Villa Hunts Elusive Win at Newcastle
Aston Villa has emerged as one of the better traveling teams in the English Premier League this season. Its high goal production has propelled the team into the top half of the standings. They have struggled in recent games on the offensive front and were unable to score in the last three matches. Improving their offensive performance is essential and Aston Villa will try to do that against Newcastle. The hosts are a defensive minded team with a low goal production, but a decently strong backline. The visitors are slight favorites with even odds at bet365 Sports, while the hosts are priced at 27/10.
Reims Brace for 90-minute Siege against Lyon
Lyon will try to stay within striking distance of PSG and leading Lille. They are well-positioned to mount a fight for the trophy, but in order to stay relevant, they must defeat Reims on the road. Given their recent performance, they look capable of capitalizing on the odds of 9/20 offered by bet365 Sports on their victory. Reims are a decent home team, but in this fixture, they will gladly settle for draw. An unlikely victory is priced at 6/1 in a game that is likely to finish with few goals scored.
Augsburg Hope to Capitalize on M’Gladbach’s Misery
M’Gladbach is the biggest train wreck in the German first division, after losing five consecutive matches. The team is nowhere near its best form and even defeating Augsburg looks like a tall order. Playing on the road doesn’t help either, but at least they only have one injured player. The hosts will try to take advantage of their opponents’ recent struggles and salvage at least one point. They will play defensively but if opportunity presents itself they will go for the win, which is valued at 3/1 by 888 Sport.
Levante and Valencia Play a Local Derby on Friday
Football action starts early in southern Spain, where Levante and Valencia meet at 8 PM UK time. This is a local derby with no serious implications for the time to run. The two teams are nowhere near a European league spot, but they are not in danger of relegation either. This explains why the interest for this game is relatively low. 888 Sport regards Levante as slight favorite with odds of 11/10, while pricing an away victory for Valencia at 5/2.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, March 11 at 6 A.M. UK time.