Friday Brings Early Football Action for Top European ClubsPublished March 13, 2020 by Florin P
Real Madrid and Lyon play at home on Friday without fans to cheer for them in critical games against desperate teams.
Some football leagues have suspended their activity across Europe, but in some of the most important championships, the action continues unabated. Spanish, French and German teams are trying to make the most of the time left and pick up valuable points in their quests. Some will play without having their fans in the stands, while others are counting on their support to help them salvage derailed seasons.
Lyon and Reims Battle for the 5th Place in Ligue 1
Lyon and Reims need to put up amazing performances in the remaining rounds while hoping for Lille to fail miserably. This is the only scenario in which they can secure a Europa League berth next season and the odds are stacked against them. In this match, Lyon have home pitch advantage and in spite of playing without fans, are credited with the first chance to prevail. 888 Sport has them priced at 4/5 while the stingy visitors are given odds of 7/2 by the same bookmaker. A draw wouldn’t help any team, as they are desperate to close the gap separating them from the team in fourth place.
Real Madrid Welcomes Eibar on Empty Stadium
Real Madrid are preparing for the critical match against Manchester City, but for the time being, they need to win the local clash with Eibar. The visitors are struggling to pick up points regardless of venue, so they will travel to the nation’s capital determined to defend for 90 minutes. The odds of them succeeding are slim and punters willing to bet on a shocking away win will be paid is 12/1 by bet365 Sports. On the other hand, risk-averse punters who would rather back the hosts will get odds of only 1/5.
Dusseldorf and Paderborn Try to Salvage Their Seasons
Dusseldorf and Paderborn are very likely to be sent to the second division at the end of the season, after a string of bad results. Dusseldorf are doing slightly better, as they sit in the 16th place, which would send them to the playoffs, rather than straight to the Bundesliga 2. They could better their chances with a home win against Paderborn who are in the last place and look totally hopeless. Punters get even odds if they back the home side or 5/2 if they are willing to trust the visitors to pick up a rare victory on the road.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, March 12 at 8 am UK time.