Relegation Looms for European Teams Playing Critical Matches on FridayPublished April 9, 2021 by Florin P
Teams fighting at the bottom of the tables are scheduled to play on Friday in games that could seal their fate and make relegation inevitable.
Far from the glamorous Champions League and Europa League matches, major European football leagues have tense games scheduled for the weekend. Friday belongs to the teams struggling in the relegation zone and trying to salvage a season going awry. For many of the football clubs involved, the outcomes of these games can prove critical in deciding their fortunes.
Fulham Try to Cash in Wolves’ Complacency
For them are still in the relegation zone, just three points behind Newcastle but with an extra game played. This makes the match against Wolverhampton particularly important for their chances to avoid relegation. They were unable to win many games at home and are the team with the most draws this season. In this match they can’t afford to settle for a draw against a team that lacks motivation. bet365 Sports offers odds of 3/2 on the home side to prevail while trusting the visitors with 21/10.
Metz Welcome Surprising Ligue 1 Leader: Lille
Metz are enjoying the finest streak of the season and will try to keep it alive against the leaders. Lille come visiting after defeating the reigning champions on the road and won’t be happy with a draw here. Victory over Metz is needed to keep them at the top of the food chain and they will throw everything they’ve got. Odds of 7/10 offered by bet365 Sports are nothing to shout for a match played on the road. Having said this, the game is played without spectators and the hosts are priced at 9/2 by the bookie.
Unpredictable Bielefeld Cling on to the Bundesliga
Bielefeld is one of the few teams that were able to snatch a point from the reigning champions on their own stadium. They have alternated disappointing results with a few stunning displays of skill and will need to play their A-game against Freiburg. Deep inside the relegation zone, they are desperate for points in this match, in which they get odds of 23/10 at 888 Sport. Freiburg are far more relaxed, but will still try to claim all three points to attain a Europa League berth. If they win, punters will be paid at odds of 13/10.
Huesca and Elche Recreate La Liga 2 Derby on Friday
Huesca and Elche have met on many occasions in the second division and frequently split points. Both are in danger of returning to the second division and a draw in this match won’t help them too much. Elche have a narrow advantage but it would be dangerous to dwell on it because of the steep competition. Home pitch advantage gives Huesca a slight edge and even odds at 888 Sport, as opposed to 3/1 for Elche.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, April 8 at 6 A.M. UK time.