Runners-Up Aim for First Place in Friday Evening Matches

Published November 2, 2018 by Florin P

Runners-Up Aim for First Place in Friday Evening Matches

Napoli and Lille try to close the gap separating them from the leaders, as the Serie A and Ligue 1 resume on Friday evening.

Fridays are usually reserved to the teams chasing a European berth or trying to avoid relegation. On November 2, the Italian and French first leagues have scheduled matches that involve teams aiming for the trophy. In Germany, football clubs with lower expectations, but just as motivated will lock horns, while in the English Championship, the race continues for a place in the Premier League. You can bet on all these important matches at bet365 Sports and 888 Sport, both pre-match and in real-time.

Lille Challenge PSG on the Road

Lille are the pleasant surprise of this edition of the Ligue 1, winning all six home matches and trailing PSG in the second place. There is, however, a huge gap separating the two teams, with the reigning champions having an eight-point advantage over the runners-up. The main reason for why this happens is that Lille are not the best traveling team and this explains why the odds on them to win are so high. Winner Sports offers amazing value of 11/10 on the runners-up to cause an upset on the road.

PSG are also perfect in front of their fans, with six victories in just as many games and are big favorites to prevail on Friday. The match is scheduled to start at 7:45 PM UK time and those who bet on a home win can only expect odds of 1/4. The only thing that is worrisome ahead of this match is that PSG had to play many games recently, including a taxing game in the Champions League against Napoli. If the visitors manage to defend the draw, those who bet on the teams to split points will benefit from odds of 6/1.

Napoli Aim for All Three Points at Home

A match against Empoli looks like the perfect opportunity for Napoli to pick up three valuable points in the Serie A. They were lucky to salvage a point last weekend at home against AS Roma after the visitors have led them for most of the match. The Italians have also picked up a valuable point in France against PSG, although they were hoping to win that match. Victory evaded them last week, but this time they are almost certain to prevail and Intertops offer odds of 3/10 on their triumph.

Empoli are struggling at the bottom of the tables and are in dire need for points in matches played on the road. They haven’t won in the last 10 matches and have a single win this season, with no win secured on the road. They’ll be throwing everything they’ve got to earn a draw, which is priced at 5/1 by Winner Sports. The odds on the visitors prevailing are slim, but that’s why punters can expect odds of 10/1.

The Specter of Relegation is Looming

Far from the spotlight, Stuttgart is trying to avoid relegation, one year after securing a place in the German Bundesliga. They do have home pitch advantage in the match against Frankfurt and that’s why bet365 Sports offer identical odds on the two teams. A draw is a likely result, given the fact that many matches between these two football clubs have ended undecided. A bet on the inconclusive result for the game scheduled to start at 7:30 PM UK time is priced at 3/2.

Aston Villa and Bolton had very different objectives at the start of the season, but now they are separated by just a few points. The Championship has grown a lot over the last couple of seasons and now the team from Birmingham has a hard time returning to the Premier League. They haven’t won back-to-back games since August and they are in dire need of a victory over Bolton. 888 Sport offers odds of 1/2 on the hosts to prevail, while the visitors are given odds of 7/1 and there’s great value on the draw at 7/2.

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