This Friday Local Rivalries are Reignited in European FootballPublished September 25, 2020 by Florin P
Regional derbies and local rivalries are brought into the spotlight by Friday evening’s European football matches.
The Champions League and Europa League qualifiers continued this week, but the biggest European football clubs will play during the weekend. In anticipation of the big Saturday and Sunday matches, punters can bet on the few intense games involving lower tier teams. These are driven by high ambitions and motivated by local rivalries, so they should be just as exciting to watch and bet on.
Lille Try to Extend Invincible Run in Ligue 1
Lille are scheduled to play at 8 PM UK time against a team that is just as defensive minded as they are. Nantes are known for scoring few goals on the road and they rarely play offensive football when they lack the support of their fans. On this occasion, Lille will only be able to rely on a fraction of its fan base, but even so, they are credited with the first chance and odds of 4/5. Lille is undefeated so far, but if the visitors manage to end the good run, punters who bet on Nantes will be paid at 4/1 by bet365 Sports.
Surging Hertha Takes on Struggling Frankfurt
Hertha Berlin have ended a terrible losing streak with a surprising victory on the road against Bremen. Now they have a chance to double down on that victory and claim three more points at home against struggling Frankfurt. The visitors were tied to a low scoring draw by Bielefeld after trailing most of the match and are underdogs in this fixture. If you bet on the home side at bet365 Sports, you can expect odds of 6/5, whereas a wager on the underdog to cause an upset on the road will produce odds of 2/1.
Braga Aims for First Primeira Liga Win on Friday
Braga took an early lead against Porto after the hosts were denied a penalty, but they ended up losing the match nevertheless. Now they have an excellent opportunity to recuperate the lost points, as they welcome Santa Clara at home. They won’t be any spectators cheering from the stands, but the hosts are strong enough not to need their support, as reflected by the odds of 3/10. On the off-chance that the visitors produce a miracle in the match starting at 8:30 PM UK time, 888 Sport will pay odds of 8/1.
Eibar and Athetic Bilbao Play the Basque Derby
A highly anticipated match between Basque teams is scheduled at 8 PM UK time in the Spanish first division. These two teams haven’t won a match this month and are winless in the last four games, official and friendly ones. There is a rivalry between them and both will be aiming for victory, with the draw being unsatisfying for the two contenders. Eibar play at home, but start with a second chance and odds of 2/1, whereas Athletic Bilbao are slight favorites with odds of 3/2 at 888 Sport.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Tuesday, September 22 at 1 pm UK time.