Second Tier Football Leagues Usher in Elite Western European ChampionshipsPublished August 2, 2019 by Florin P
The English Championship and the second tier football divisions in Germany and France resume on Friday evening.
Punters are just weeks away from the moment the most important European football tournaments resume. This weekend, they get a taste of what is to come, as highly anticipated matches are scheduled in the English, German and French second divisions. The teams involved hope to return to the elite of national football, or make the big break in the first flight of some of the strongest European championships.
Middlesbrough Resumes its Race for the Premier League
Middlesbrough was among the favorites to qualify to the English Premier League last season, but failed in the playoffs. The team will embark on another ambitious mission on Friday evening, when it plays the first match of the English Championship on the road. Not having home pitch advantage explains why 888 Sport gives Middlesbrough on the same chances to win as Luton. Both teams are priced at 17/10, while a draw is also regarded as a likely result, hence the odds of 23/10.
Busy Friday in the French Ligue II
The most exciting match in French football this week is the Super Cup between PSG and Rennes. Local football fans have plenty of time to get in the mood for a high-stakes game, with eight matches scheduled on Friday night. All of them will start at 7 PM UK time and none of these games are easy to call, with strong teams playing on the road. Le Havre is the team with the best chance to claim all three points and not surprisingly, bet365 Sports only offers odds of 3/4 on their victory.
The French second division is famous for its low-scoring matches, but this Friday evening promises to be different. Many of the teams playing have signed young offensive footballers will try to prove their quality in the opening match. Rodez and Chambly have just promoted to the French Ligue II and they play offensive football, while having a hard time defending. Their matches against Chateauroux and Orleans are the most promising ones for punters willing to bet on more than 2.5 goals to be scored.
German Teams Seek their First Victory in Bundesliga II
Three matches are scheduled for Friday evening in the Bundesliga II and none of the six teams involved have won the opening round. Sandhausen and St Pauli have home pitch advantage and play against teams that have lost the first match this season. Winner Sports offers even odds on each of them to pick up their first win, while pricing a victory for both Bochum and Bielefeld at 3/2 in the third match of the day.