Some of the top European football championships have resumed last week, but this weekend all of them have scheduled key matches. On Friday, punters can bet on football games in Germany, France and Spain, with some of the reigning champions playing the opening rounds. They’re all hoping for a strong start, as their archrivals have invested massively in top footballers during the season break.
Hertha Aims for another Upset in Munich
Bayern Munich have home pitch advantage against Hertha Berlin, a team has caused plenty of headaches in the past. The friendly games, as well as the semi-official ones played in the International Champions Cup, have highlighted the strength of the reigning Bundesliga winners. For this match, they will have a squad at full strength and won’t go for a narrow margin victory, but a lopsided win. 888 Sport expect them to win without breaking a sweat, hence the odds of 1/4 offered on the straight victory.
Betting on the visitors to cause an upset can produce spectacular odds of 12/1, while a draw is priced at 6/1. Risk-averse punters can bet on the visitors to cover the +2.5 goals spread and still enjoy odds of 1/2, which is a great value. The head to head results indicate a highly contested match, even though at the end of the day, Bayern Munich should be able to come on top.
Lyon Prepares for Easy task at Home against Angers
Lyon have scored an easy victory on the road against Monaco in the first match of the Ligue 1. On Friday at 7:45 PM UK time they try to double down on that win and claim another three points against Angers. This time, they play in front of their fans, so punters shouldn’t expect odds higher than 2/5 at bet365 Sports. Past performance is also encouraging, with Lyon winning 5 out of 8 matches and losing just once; the biggest risk for this match is actually for the game to end undecided, an outcome priced at 4/1. The odds of Angers winning on the road are slim, as reflected by the odds of 7/1 for a road victory.
Barcelona Travel to Bilbao to Face Athletic
Barcelona play the opening match of the season’s La Liga and they do it on the road against a tough opponent. Athletic Bilbao will try to return to their winning ways, after being unable to defeat the Catalans in the last seven encounters. Home pitch advantage means a great deal for the Basques, who play on an arena packed with enthusiastic fans. As this is the first match of the season, Winner Sports offers odds of 7/10 on Barcelona to prevail and 4/1 on Athletic Bilbao. The hosts will fancy a draw and will defend for 90 minutes to secure it, so punters should consider the odds of 3/1 for this outcome.