Top vs Bottom Duels Rock European Leagues on FridayPublished March 6, 2020 by Florin P
Friday matches warm up the major European football leagues with fixtures between Champions League aspirants and relegation-threatened teams.
There are only a couple of games scheduled for Friday afternoon and evening in the top European football leagues. They involve teams that compete for a Champions League berth, as well as squads threatened by the specter of relegation. The seemingly lopsided matches have plenty to offer, as both sides are highly motivated to walk away with three points.
Valencia Hope to Capitalize on Alaves’ Woes
Valencia continue to alternate positive and disappointing results, with their Champions League campaign totally derailed. Victory over Alaves would mean a great deal for the team currently sitting in seventh place, outside the spots eligible for a European presence. Playing on the road doesn’t help either, but Valencia has earned a significant percentage of the points this season away from home. The hosts don’t have any injured players and would settle for a draw if the opportunity presents itself. Punters get identical odds of 17/10 if they back either team to win at bet365 Sports, but a draw can’t be ruled out.
Olympique Marseille Welcome Reeling Amiens
Olympique Marseille are on track to finish the season in second place, which would guarantee a presence in the most important European competition. Overtaking PSG for the lead is most unlikely, but the second place on the podium is well within their grasp. The team must focus on the task at hand, which is to defeat Amiens at 8 PM UK time on Friday. The hosts are priced at 11/20, while the struggling visitors currently get odds of 11/2 to cause an upset on the road. They’ve picked up few points when they played away from home and will field a defensive-minded starting formation, as they try to defend the draw.
Koln and Paderborn Fight for their Place in the Bundesliga
Koln and Paderbornhad similar objectives at the season, but only the former are likely to achieve them a few months from now. Koln are above the relegation zone and well-positioned to play for another season in the German first division. In order to maintain their place in the secure area, they need to defeat Paderborn on Friday evening at 7 PM UK time. The team is well-positioned to secure all three points in spite of playing on the road, as reflected by the odds of 11/10. 888 Sport credits the hosts with the second chance and odds of 11/5, as they already lost nine games in front of their fans.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday at 8 am UK time.