Get Ready for the Weekend’s Finest Football Matches with Friday Warm-UpPublished May 14, 2021 by Florin P
Manchester City takes on Newcastle in a low stake match after both teams have accomplished their goals for the 2020-2021 season.
The weekend has some exciting games scheduled in the strongest European football leagues. Friday, however, starts slow, with matches between teams that have already achieved or failed their objectives for this season. Manchester City and Newcastle play in the English Premier League, while Braga and Ferreira meet in the Portuguese top flight. Espanyol play the last home game in the second Spanish division and are ready to return to La Liga.
Manchester City and Newcastle have achieved Their Goals
Manchester City clearly took the foot off the gas in recent weeks after officially winning the English Premier League. They lost against Chelsea but are unlikely to suffer consecutive defeats as they travel to Newcastle. Home pitch advantage doesn’t mean much with no fans in the stands, especially when you have nothing to fight for. The hosts have avoided relegation and will simply try to prevent a lopsided defeat. Manchester City are priced at 3/4 by bet365 Sports, while the hosts get massive odds of 11/1.
Espanyol Returns to the Spanish La Liga
Espanyol are ready to take back their place among the best Spanish football teams. The team dominated the second division and will likely finish in the first place regardless of what happens in the remaining rounds. All it needs to do is to play the numbers and add more victories to its already impressive record in the second league. On Friday at 8 PM UK time they welcome Cartagena, a team that is still trying to avoid relegation. The visitors get excellent odds of 5/1 at 888 Sport, while the hosts are priced at 3/5.
Braga Wraps Up a Disappointing Season
Braga failed to qualify for the Champions League and lost any chance of winning the Portuguese top-flight. The second half of the season was downright disappointing and both players and fans are frustrated by the result. All they have to do is to play the last home game against Moreirense, a team that exceeded expectations this season. The hosts are narrow favorites but lack both form and motivation to be trusted.
Ferreira Play the Last Home Match in Primeira Liga
Ferreira will play in the Europa League qualifiers after punching well beyond its weight throughout the season. The last home match against Gil Vicente would’ve given the fans the opportunity to cheer for their favorites and acknowledge their achievement. The match will be played without supporters, so in the absence of real stakes, this game could well result in a low scoring draw.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, May 13 at 6 A.M. UK time.