Provisional Leaders Try to Consolidate Lead in European Leagues on FridayPublished August 30, 2019 by Florin P
PSG chase an unlikely Ligue 1 leader, while Leipzig and Sevilla try to extend their winning streaks after a great season start.
The most important European football leagues are in full swing and the reigning champions and the runners-up have resumed their races. On Friday, some of the most exciting matches are scheduled in the evening, starting at 7 PM UK time. In Germany, Spain and France, in-form teams are taking advantage of the slower starts recorded by the en-titre champions. They have an excellent opportunity to extend their lead in the evening, as they have home pitch advantage.
PSG to Close Gap with Victory over Metz
PSG is used to winning matches both at home and on the road, so it came as a surprise that they were defeated in the second round by Rennes. On Friday evening and 7:45 PM UK time they have the perfect opportunity to make amends, as they play on the road against Metz. Not having home pitch advantage isn’t a serious concern for the multiple champions and they’re expected to win with ease. 888 Sport only offers odds of 2/5 on PSG to prevail, which is not much, but fully justified by the difference between the two teams. To put things into perspective, a bet on the hosts to prevail is priced at 7/1 at the same bookie.
Sevilla Eyes its Third Straight LA Liga Win
Sevilla has had its fair share of quality starts in the previous seasons, but the multiple Europa League winners were unable to win the trophy. Once again, they have a good chance to consolidate their position at the top of the La Liga as they play at home against Celta Vigo. Home pitch advantage, the good form and the head to head record are favorable to the current leaders, so they are favorites to pick up all three points. Punters can expect odds of only 3/5 on Sevilla if they place their bets with bet365 Sports, while the odds on an away win are far more tempting at 5/1. The draw is worth considering, given the sheer quality of these teams and the odds of 7/2 are worth a medium-sized bet.
Leipzig and M’gladbach Play for 1st Place in Bundesliga
Leipzig and M’gladbach are contesting the first place in the German Bundesliga and the winner will claim this spot, at least until Saturday afternoon matches. Leipzig are better positioned to prevail, as they have already won both games this season, but they play on the road. Even so, Winter Sports only offer odds of 11/10 on the visitors and that’s because of their crushing head to head record. Leipzig has won 4 out of 6 matches, while splitting points just twice and they have prevailed in all three matches played on the road.