Tough Job for the European Football Clubs Playing Hosts on FridayPublished February 7, 2020 by Florin P
AS Roma and Frankfurt start as narrow favorites on Friday, while Lille and Eibar brace for difficult games on the road.
Home pitch advantage means a great deal in the most important European football leagues. Teams playing in front of their fans have a better chance of securing victory, but there are no guarantees, especially on Friday. The teams coming to town are ambitious, in good form and have high expectations for the remaining rounds. This provides punters with juicy odds when backing the hosts of major bookies.
Lille Seeks Rare Victory on the Road
Lille are famous for their performance in front of the fans, but on the road, they are one of the worst traveling teams in the French first division. Recently, they were defeated by PSG and now they have to travel to Angers to seek their third victory away from home. The reason why they get even odds to prevail in this fixture is that they were able to win in Strasbourg two weeks ago. They will compete against a team that pretty much mirrors their playstyle, namely defensive football with a low appetite for goals.
Frankfurt Seeks Consecutive Home Win
Frankfurt looks like a far cry from the team that took the Europa League by storm last season. In 2020, they are trying to steady the ship and return to their winning ways before it is too late. The recent victory should boost their confidence, but they are in no way supposed to relax ahead of this fixture. Augsburg have emerged as one of the most unpredictable German teams, having scored plenty of goals against top opponents. Frankfurt are favorites with odds of 4/5 at bet365 Sports while the visitors are priced at 3/1.
Red-Hot Bologna Takes on AS Roma on Friday
Bologna is trying to cause a major upset in the nation’s capital, by defeating AS Roma at Olympico. The hosts are mired in a winless streak and they have lost the fourth place to Atalanta. In order to return to this position that makes them eligible for a Champions League berth, they must win back-to-back games. Home pitch advantage gives them the favorite status, as reflected by the odds of 3/5 offered by 888 Sport. The visitors have won the last three matches and if they prevail again punters will be paid at 4/1
Eibar and Alaves Play in Relegation-Charged Derby
Eibar and Alaves were not expecting to fight for their survival in the Spanish first division. Last season, it was home pitch advantage that kept them afloat, but this time around they are far less comfortable in front of the fans. Alaves assume the role of host ahead of this fixture, but this only grants them the narrow advantage and odds of 3/2. Winner Sports feels comfortable offering odds of 2/1 to punters willing to bet on the visitors to prevail, in spite of their better head to head record.