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The European Football Weekend Starts with Friday ClashesPublished August 24, 2018 by Florin P
Reigning champions and former winners play in the opening matches of this weekend’s La Liga, Bundesliga and Championship rounds.
The weekend starts fast and furious with several high profile matches scheduled for Friday. In all major European competitions former winners, fast rising stars and promising teams fight for a chance at the trophy. Bayern Munich play the opening match in the Bundesliga, while Lyon try to return to their winning ways in Ligue 1. bet365 Sports and 888 Sport cover all these matches, as well as the most exciting fixtures from the Premier League and La Liga.
New Bundesliga Season, Old Favorite
Nothing short of a compelling victory over Hoffenheim is expected from the reigning champions. Bayern Munich have home pitch advantage and no injury concerns in the match scheduled for 7 PM UK time. Their players are in good form and have achieved positive results in the friendly games played again some of the best teams in the world. Hoffenheim are no match for this formidable football machine, so it comes as no surprise that bet365 Sports prices the hosts at 1/4. A bet on the visitors would trigger odds of 10/1, but the chances for a victory on the road are slim.
Lyon are Desperate to Win in Ligue 1
The recent defeat on the road has put a damper on Lyon’s plans of challenging PSG for the trophy. They will need to return to their winning ways quickly and hope to replicate the opening round performance. Back then they secured a 2:0 victory and are hoping for at least a similar result against Strasbourg at 7:45 PM UK. 888 Sport regards them as clear favorites in this match, something that the odds of 3/10 also reflect. The visitors were lucky to play against teams who had players sent off early and picked up four points. Their luck is likely to run out on Friday but those who still trust them, get odds of 9/1.
Two Matches Scheduled in La Liga
There are no high profile matches scheduled in the Spanish first division this Friday. However, punters can take advantage of the high odds offered by Intertops Sportsbook on the evening matches. Leganes and Getafe have home pitch advantage and hope to capitalize on it to win the first matches this season. Getafe to defeat Eibar is given even odds, while a Leganes victory is regarded as unlikely against Real Sociedad. It is the visitors who are given the first chance and odds of 11/10 after also winning the first match. The odds for a draw are the same 11/5 for both matches, but Eibar and Getafe are more likely to split points
A Championship Derby on Friday Night
Middlesbrough and West Bromwich meet in the most exciting game possible in the English second division. The hosts also lead the tables, but the visitors have scored an avalanche of goals in recent matches. Both have a lot of experience at the highest level and try to return to the elite of English football. Winner Sports credits Middlesbrough with slightly better chances and odds of 6/4 to prevail. By comparison, those who bet on the visitors can expect to increase their investment three times. A draw is also priced at 9/4 and the two Premier League chasing teams won’t be too upset with one point.