Football: Relegation battles heating up around Europe

21 January 2022 03:15:18 GMTPlus11
Pellegrino Matarazzo's Stuttgart are in deep trouble

With just over half the season having been played in leagues across the continent, there are a number of teams looking over their shoulders nervously as they try and attempt to avoid being sucked into trouble.

In Spain, Italy and France three teams are relegated directly to the second tier, while in Germany there are two automatic spots and one from a relegation play-off.

Certain teams in each division have been near the bottom all season, while there are others who are either clambering away or freefalling into trouble, with plenty of European action available as part of our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights.

La Liga - Finally some hope for Levante

Levante have had a truly awful season so far, but finally, some light was shone as they defeated Mallorca 2-0 at home last time around.

They are still bottom of the table and Alessio Lisci's men remain seven points from safety, but at least they can look forward to future games with some optimism.

That is particularly the case as it transpires their next match is against Cadiz - the team directly above them in the table.

They haven't won a match since 5th November, when they earned a surprise triumph against Athletic Bilbao - enduring an eight-match winless run since then.

It promises to be a very tense encounter and Levante can be backed at 7/10 to win with the draw priced at 13/5 and a 1-1 final scoreline available at 6/1.

Alaves are 18th and like Cadiz, have had a similar winless streak - their last three-point haul came on 6th November against, ironically, Levante.

Hovering just above the relegation zone are Getafe, who have lost only twice since the end of October, and Mallorca, who have lost three in a row.

Bundesliga - Hopeless task for Greuther Furth

Greuther Furth sit bottom of the Bundesliga table and look doomed to relegation, having won only one game all season and are 11 points behind Stuttgart in 17th place.

Stuttgart have tumbled down the table recently, failing to win any of their last four games and not scoring within that time.

Arminia Bielefeld have been able to take advantage of Stuttgart's slide by going on a good run themselves - Frank Kramer's side have taken eight points from their last four games after only earning ten points from their first 15.

They play the first Bundesliga match of the weekend on Friday at Eintracht Frankfurt and have a chance of getting out of the bottom three - they are available at 15/4 to win.

That would see Augsburg drop into the bottom three, while Champions League-competing Wolfsburg are snother side in total freefall, taking just two points from their last eight matches as they sit 14th.

Serie A - Cagliari seeking to make escape

Salernitana sit bottom of the Serie A table after picking up just 10 points all season - they had one point docked for failing to turn up for their match against Udinese.

Genoa are second from bottom after securing just one win all season and they will be rueing the fact they have drawn nine matches, as they could well outside the bottom three.

However, it appears at the midway stage of the campaign that Cagliari are attempting to try and escape from danger - Walter Mazzarri's side have won two of their last three games, which followed a run of 11 without a victory.

The big game of the weekend comes from the Stadio Alberto Picco as 15th-placed Spezia host 16th-placed Sampdoria.

The hosts have gone on a tremendous recent run of 10 points from five games, with away wins at both Napoli and AC Milan giving them a huge boost in their survival bid.,

Meanwhile, Samp are sinking after going five matches without victory, leaving Spezia priced at at 6/4 to defeat their visitors and 10/3 to do so by a one-goal margin.

Ligue 1 - Les Verts on the brink

It is looking increasingly likely that St Etienne's near two-decade stint in the French top-flight will be coming to an end, as they sit bottom of the Ligue 1 table on the back of six games without a win.

Things don't get any easier on Friday as they face a trip to Lyon, where they are priced at 7/2 to gain a draw.

Above them are Bordeaux, who have won only once since the start of November, while Lorient are 18th on the back of a 14-match winless streak.

The former are at home to Strasbourg at the weekend, with the visitors looking like unlikely Champions League challengers, so it will be a hugely tough game for Les Girondins, who can be backed at 10/3 to win with the draw at 3/1.

Meanwhile, Lorient travel to Nantes, who are safely sat in mid-table.

Clermont have their heads just above water in 17th place, while Metz are 16th on the back of an away win against Reims last time out.

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