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The European Football Weekend Starts with Balanced MatchesPublished March 29, 2019 by Florin P
Evenly matched teams lock horns on Friday evening in games that could determine their fate at the end of the season.
Fridays are not traditionally the most exciting days for football fans, as derbies usually start later in the weekend. This week, however, we have several highly anticipated matches, not necessarily because of their magnitude, but because of their importance.
Hoffenheim and Leverkusen Chase Europa League
These two German teams have sunk into near irrelevance at some point this season after a good start. Now they can make amends and improve their position in the Bundesliga, if they win the rather balanced match scheduled at 7:30 PM UK time. This Friday, Leverkusen have home pitch advantage and are slight favorites at odds of 13/10 at bet365 Sports, while the visitors get odds of 2/1.
Chievo and Cagliari Fight for Survival
Chievo and Cagliari are two of the teams trying to avoid relegation in the Italian first division. Chievo have only 11 points and they are pretty much doomed to play in the second league starting this autumn. They do however have home pitch advantage, which gives them exactly the same chances to win as Cagliari. The visitors are above the relegation line at the time of writing, but things could take a turn for the worse if they win on Friday. 888 Sport offers identical times of 17/10 on the two teams to win.
Lyon Hunts Priceless Points on the Road
Rennes sit in the eighth place, but in spite of their distance from the podium, they remain within striking distance of Marseille. Five points behind them, they can still qualify for Europa League at the end of the season. This is their objectives and in order to achieve it, they will have to defeat Lyon on Friday night at 7:45 PM UK time. Home pitch advantage doesn’t change the fact that they start with a second chance, as reflected by the odds of 23/10. Intertops expects the visitors to prevail and offers odds of 6/5.
Girona and Athletic Bilbao Continue their Surge
These two teams have only theoretical chances of playing in any European competition next season. They are, however, well positioned to finish in the first half of the standings and both are in good shape, with back-to-back victories. They now go against each other and the match is perfectly balanced, so punters shouldn’t be surprised to see that Winner Sports offers 17/10 on each team to prevail.