One of the big European football clubs are scheduled to play on Friday, yet the teams involved are highly motivated to play their best. The stakes are as high as they get for many of them as the threat of relegation is all too real and there is no room for mistakes. Leipzig and Celta Vigo hope to capitalize on struggling opponents, as they have home pitch advantage and are in great form.
Elche Hope for another Miracle against Celta Vigo
Elche made an incredible comeback against Villarreal after conceding two early goals. They played at home and make the most of this advantage by leveling the score and actually dominating the second half. Now they try to do the same against Celta Vigo, in a match played on the road and in slightly different conditions. They would gladly settle for draw, but a victory for the visitors is priced at 13/2 by bet365 Sports. Celta snatched a point against Atletico and are given odds of 1/2 to win on Friday.
A Draw Keeps Bologna and Benevento in the Safe Zone
Bologna and Benevento have a very clear objective for the season and they need to avoid relegation. So far the two teams are well on track, with 23 points each and a significant advantage over the teams struggling under the relegation zone. Claim three points in this match would mean a great deal for either team, with Bologna being priced at 4/5, while Benevento get odds of 33/2 at bet365 Sports. A draw would also benefit both players, given the fact that it will keep them well above the dangerous zone.
Leipzig to Extend Winning Streak over Augsburg
Leipzig suffered a shocking defeat against Mainz three weeks ago but since then returned to their winning ways. Three consecutive victories without conceding a goal got them back in the race for the trophy. They should be able to add three more points to their portfolio, since they get odds of only 1/4 at 888 Sport to defeat Augsburg. The visitors haven’t recorded a draw in the last 10 matches and if they manage to extend the streak and claim a stunning victory in Leipzig, those who bet on that will be paid at 11/1.
Famalicao and Belenenses Try to Stay Above Relegation Line
Famalicao and Belenenses are currently separated by only three points, but the former are in the dangerous zone, while the latter sit in the 12th place. Home pitch advantage should give Famalicao a fighting chance and they are credited with the first chance and odds of 7/5. The visitors are narrow underdogs and get odds of 21/10, but they are actually in better form. Back-to-back draws against Porto and Guimaraes makes them a very tempting bet in this match scheduled for 8:30 PM UK time.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, February 9 at 8 A.M. UK time.