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Football: Friday's European preview

15 September 2022 07:12:25 EST
So far Mainz have found wins easier to come by on their travels

There is a busy schedule of European football on Friday including top-flight games in Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Hertha Berlin are aiming to kick-start their Bundesliga campaign with a positive result at Mainz while Lorient can go joint-top of Ligue 1 if they win at Auxerre and you can follow the action as part of our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights.

Hertha capable of hurting home favourites

What

Mainz v Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga

Where

Mewa Arena, Mainz, Germany

When

19:30, Friday 16th September 2022

How to watch

Sky Sports Football & European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights

Odds

Mainz 1.75, Hertha Berlin 4.20, Draw 4.00

Mainz are 1.75 to claim a home win over struggling Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Friday but all three of their league victories this season have come on the road.

Their home fixtures yielded a goalless draw with leaders Union Berlin and a 3-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, who have taken just one point from their other five league games.

Mainz also suffered a heavy defeat last weekend, losing 4-1 at Hoffenheim after Alexander Hack's first-half red card and all three of their wins this term have been by a single-goal margin.

Hertha had a tough start to the season, losing to Union, Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund and drawing with last season's Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt in their first four fixtures.

A 2-0 win at Augsburg and 2-2 draw at home to Leverkusen should have boosted their confidence and the 4.20 visitors can keep things tight at Mainz.

Hertha lost only 1-0 to Gladbach and Dortmund and under 2.5 goals is 2.10 to land for the fifth time in their last six matches.

Bottom club Cadiz set for cagey trip to Valladolid

What

Valladolid v Cadiz, Primera Liga

Where

Estadio Jose Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain

When

20:00, Friday 16th September 2022

How to watch

LaLigaTV, Premier Sports 2 & European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights

Odds

Valladolid 2.00, Cadiz 3.80, Draw 3.40

Cadiz are 3.80 to snap their tough start to the Primera Liga season by winning at 2.00 hosts Valladolid and things can only get better for the bottom club in Spain.

They have lost their first five games to nil, conceding 14 goals, although that sequence includes defeats to in-form Barcelona, Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao.

Valladolid, promoted from the Segunda Division last season, should be less intimidating opponents having taken four points from five games, scoring just three goals.

They broke their duck on their return to the top flight with a 1-0 home win over Almeria thanks to an injury-time strike from Shon Weissman but neither side is blessed with great attacking quality and under 1.5 goals is worth considering at 3.00.

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Tight contest expected between Serie A's draw specialists

What

Salernitana v Lecce, Serie A

Where

Arechi Stadium, Salerno, Italy

When

19:45, Friday 16th September 2022

How to watch

BT Sport 2 & European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights

Odds

Salernitana 2.25, Lecce 3.25, Draw 3.40

The draw at 3.40 could be a big runner in the Serie A clash between Salernitana, who have had four stalemates in their last five matches, and Lecce, who have drawn three of their six games this season.

Salernitana's last outing was a dramatic 2-2 draw at Juventus, who came from 2-0 down and were denied victory when VAR ruled out an injury-time 'goal' from Arkadiusz Milik.

The hosts also let slip a lead in a recent 2-2 draw with Empoli, having thumped Sampdoria 4-0 in their previous home game, so they will be targeting maximum points against Lecce, who have had three 1-1 draws in their last four matches.

That correct score is 6.50 while Salernitana's Boulaye Dia, on loan from Villarreal, has scored in three of his last four appearances and is 3.60 to find the net again.

Free-scoring Lorient could make fast start

What

Auxerre v Lorient, Ligue 1

Where

Stade de l'Abbe Deschamps, Auxerre, France

When

20:00, Friday 16th September 2022

How to watch

BT Sport 3 & European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights

Odds

Auxerre 2.62, Lorient 2.62, Draw 3.30

Lorient have won five of their first seven Ligue 1 matches this season and victory for the 2.62 shots at Auxerre would see them join Paris St-Germain and Marseille on 19 points at the top of the table.

They should be feeling bullish after beating Lyon 3-1 and Nantes 3-2 at home in their last two outings and they have also claimed 1-0 away wins at Rennes and Ajaccio this term.

Striker Terem Moffi has scored five goals in his last five appearances and is 6.00 to be the first goalscorer on Friday but winger Dango Ouattara should be on the shortlist at 10.00.

The 20-year-old has scored three goals and claimed four assists in his last four outings and he also racked up six attempts at goal in last month's 2-1 home win over Clermont.

Lorient's attacking players can cause problems for Auxerre, who have lost all four of their games against teams in the top eight this season, including a 5-0 defeat at Rennes last time out.

They have been trailing at half-time in all four of those losses so the Lorient-Lorient Half Time/Full Time selection is eye-catching at 4.33.

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