Lays of the Weekend: Udinese one of three European hosts to tackle

Lay Hannover to beat Freiburg @ [2.02]

These sides are both implicated in the Bundesliga’s epic relegation finale, perched a point apiece above the play-off place and two clear of automatic demotion. As two of the strugglers below them (Paderborn and Stuttgart) face each other, the loser of this clash will at best be dropped into the play-off with the third-placed club in the second tier.

Hannover would once be able to rely on the fortress qualities of their HDI-Arena to save them. In the previous four campaigns, they won 39 of their 68 league outings there (57%), losing 11 (16%). Those figures have morphed into 31% and 44% this term though, and they are winless in eight as hosts, whereas Freiburg are yet to be beaten away to another bottom-seven team.

Lay Athletic Bilbao to beat Villarreal @ [1.77]

Villarreal are unbeaten in six La Liga away games, a feat rendered all the more impressive for the fact that they visited three of the division’s seven strongest hosts in that spell: Real Madrid, Valencia and Real Sociedad. They have lost just three league road trips all season, a total only equalled or bettered by champions Barcelona (two).

Athletic Bilbao were defeated 2-0 in the reverse fixture and have won only one of their last four home encounters, disappointingly drawing the latest two against Real Sociedad (12th) and Deportivo (17th).

Lay Udinese to beat Sassuolo @ [2.1]

It might be a mere two points separating these teams in the Serie A table, but Sassuolo are the ones with all the momentum, collecting seven points from the last available nine to overtake the Zebrette, who have won just twice in 11 matches, losing the most recent two 4-1 and 2-1.

Udinese’s non-existant home form is their gravest concern. Since the start of November, their league record at Stadio Friuli has read: P13 W2 D4 L7. The ten points that those results earned them is the smallest total that any club have obtained in front of their fans in that timeframe.