Friday Begins with Lopsided Matches in Top European Football LeaguesPublished May 7, 2021 by Florin P
Leicester go for the decisive three points in their quest for a Champions League berth, while Lille play must-win match on the road.
Once again we’ll have an all-English Champions League final after Chelsea and Manchester City advanced from the semifinals. Domestic action resumes across Europe and Friday brings a handful of exciting matches in the major championships. Lille and Leicester chase their ambitious goals, while other teams struggled to stay afloat and avoid the dreadful relegation area.
Leicester Makes Last Push for the Champions League
Leicester will have home pitch advantage against Newcastle, in a match they should be able to win comfortably. bet365 Sports only offers odds of 2/5 on the home team to win, after a string of convincing results. The recent draw against Southampton was enough for them to maintain third place and a safe distance from West Ham. Newcastle are nine points ahead of Fulham and won’t be desperate to pick up all three points on Friday, an outcome priced at 7/1.
Lille Must Extend Invincibility Over Lens
Lille doubled down on the amazing victory on the road against Lyon by defeating Nice last weekend. Once again, they need to play a decisive match away from home against a team that hasn’t defeated them before. Lens seat in the fifth place, the last one to grant passage to Europa League qualifiers. They will do everything they can to maintain this position but winning is unlikely as reflected by the odds of 3/1. Lille are given tempting odds of 9/10 by bet365 Sports to prevail on the road.
Augsburg Try to Capitalize on Stuttgart’s Recent Struggles
Augsburg are just four points above the relegation zone and need at least one point from this match to be comfortable. Winning would solve the relegation problem, but this is not the kind of team to perform well on the road. 888 Sport prices them at 12/5 against Stuttgart, a team that is mired in a four-game losing streak. The hosts have no objective for the remaining rounds, so even odds aren’t exactly irresistible.
Depleted Real Sociedad Hold the Line against Elche
Real Sociedad sit in the fifth place, one point above Villarreal and two over Betis. There are still four rounds left to be played, so they can’t take the foot off gas and relax too soon. Defeating Elche at home should be just a formality, but the hosts are confronted with two problems. On one hand, they will play on an empty stadium, on the other, they have a plethora of missing or suspended players. 888 Sport still expects them to win and offers odds of 1/2, while desperate Elche get 6/1 on the same outcome.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, May 6 at 6 A.M. UK time.