Football Returns to Europe with Action-Packed Friday MatchesPublished August 20, 2021 by Florin P
Spanish, French, German and English football leagues resume on Friday with the favorites playing the opening matches on the road.
The flagship European football leagues return on Friday with matches that see the favorites play on the road. Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Monaco try to pick up the first points away from home against defensive minded teams. Injury concerns further complicate their mission, but they still rank high in the preferences of leading bookmakers.
Monaco and Lorient Test their Undefeated Runs
Monaco had a busy schedule, with matches played both at home and on the road, including Champions League fixtures. Now they play in their second Ligue 1 game, hoping for a better outcome than the disappointing draw against Nantes. They have three players doubtful ahead of this fixture and fatigue could play a role. That’s why the odds offered by 888 Sport on them to win on the road stand at 3/4, while the hosts get 4/1. Lorient enjoys an eight-game invincible run that they can extend on Friday.
Brentford make Premier League Debut vs Arsenal
Brentford return to the Premier League for a home match and get to play the opening game of the season. They welcome Arsenal, a team that is missing several key players and lost the last two matches played in August. Both were friendly games played against better teams and were ineffective up front. The Gunners have a potent offensive and they will put it to the test, as they go for all three points. 888 Sport offers odds of 4/5 on Arsenal to prevail, while Brentford gets 32/10 to win their first Premier League game.
Bayern Munich Play Bundesliga’s Opening Match
Bayern Munich won the championship once again and will try to extend the incredible winning streak. Playing on the road shouldn’t be a big problem for a team that is used to pushing opponents into a corner regardless of venue. Their opponent for the opening night is M’Gladbach, a team that already defeated them twice in the last two home games. bet365 Sports trust the visitors and offers odds of 1/2, while punters backing the underdogs will be paid at 9/2 if Borussia wins.
Valencia and Getafe Kick-Start the Spanish La Liga
Valencia and Getafe had a rather disappointing season and have higher expectations from the one that is about to start. Playing the opening match as a lot of pressure on both teams, with Valencia having home pitch advantage. They were unable to make the most of it in the last two years, but their opponents are a team that struggled on the road. Bookmakers offer similar odds to the two contenders, with the hosts having a slight edge. We think that the best value is to bet on a draw at odds of 21/10.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, August 12 at 8 A.M. UK time.