Friday Brings Local Derbies in Major European LeaguesPublished December 4, 2020 by Florin P
Hertha and Union Berlin turn the nation’s capital into a volcano, while northern Spain is ignited by the match between Celta Vigo and Athletic Bilbao.
A fantastic week for football fans is about to end, with the most exciting matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Friday looks like a warm up for what’s to come, with minor derbies scheduled for the afternoon and evening in the most important championship. The teams involved are located close to each other, which has created a local rivalry that only makes the matches more exciting.
Celta Leaves Vigo to Face Athletic Bilbao
Celta Vigo is once again at the bottom of the standings, in danger of relegating after only 10 rounds played. They have finally managed to pick up all three points in the most recent match and hope for a similar outcome on the road in Bilbao. They will face a dangerous opponent who is famous for its resilience when playing at home, even in the absence of supporters. Celta Vigo’s performance on the road has been largely disappointing this season, hence the odds of 13/5 offered by bet365 Sports. Athletic Bilbao will search for the fourth consecutive home win, an outcome priced at 6/5 by the same bookmaker.
Hertha and Union Play for Supremacy in Berlin
The German capital prepares for the most anticipated match of the season, as local teams Hertha and Union are scheduled to play. The match begins at 7:30 PM UK time, with Hertha playing the role of hosts and the team is given a slight advantage by bet365 Sports. Odds of 13/10 are rather low given the fact that Hertha easier to win a home game this season and they only won a match in the last six. By comparison, Union Berlin are priced at 2/1, which is great value for a team undefeated in the last nine matches who lost a single game the entire season.
Marseille Welcomes Nimes after First Champions League Win
Olympic Marseille have finally won a match in the Champions League, but this is unlikely to change anything for this season. The French outfit is still happy to end the longest streak of defeats in the competition’s history and will be hoping for a win in Ligue 1. On Friday at 8 PM, they will play on the road at Nimes in a match where they start with the first chance and even odds at 888 Sport. They have no players injured or suspended, unlike the hosts who have six unavailable footballers. Nimes won a single match at home and lost four of the last five, which explains the odds of 3/1 on them to win.
Sparta Rotterdam and Emmen Fight for Eredivisie Survival
Sparta Rotterdam suffered another defeat on the road, but the 1-0 loss to PSV wasn’t exactly a surprise or a disappointment. Before that, they won back-to-back games without conceding a goal and crossed opponents in the last home game. They will be hoping for a similar outcome against Emmen in a match where they start with odds of 7/10 and an advantage in the head to head record. Emmen are mired in a four-game losing streak and odds of 33/10 suggest a low likelihood of them recovering on Friday.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Wednesday, December 2 at 7 am UK time.