There is a busy night of footballing action to enjoy across all of Europe’s top leagues on Friday, including in France where struggling Lyon and Saint-Etienne meet in the Derby Rhone-Alpes (Match result – Lyon 1/3, Draw 9/2, Saint-Etienne 8/1).

Lyon have endured an underwhelming season to date domestically, as they are languishing in the bottom half of the Ligue 1 standings and the pressure was certainly mounting on head coach Peter Bosz prior to last Sunday’s overdue 1-0 win at Troyes.

That narrow success snapped a six-game winless run across all competitions for Les Gones and they will expect to get the better of Les Verts at the Groupama Stadium on Friday, as the visitors sit rock bottom of the standings and have won just twice all season.

New boss Pascal Dupraz, who succeeded Claude Puel in the dugout last month, has lost both his league matches in charge and even a victory against Lyon would not be enough to lift his side off the foot of the table.

Champions League chasing Real Betis will be in action in La Liga on Friday, with Manuel Pellegrini seeing his third-placed side head to Catalonia to take on mid-table Espanyol.

A victory would see Betis pull seven points clear of Atletico Madrid in fourth place in the standings (Espanyol 11/5, Draw 23/10, Betis 13/10 – Match Result).

The Serie A weekend kicks off with Hellas Verona welcoming Bologna to Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi.

The hosts were impressive winners at Sassuolo last time out, while their opponents have lost five of their last six league games (Match result – Verona 10/11, Draw 13/5, Bologna 3/1).

Eintracht Frankfurt may sit eighth in the Bundesliga, but they can move level on points with fourth-placed Hoffenheim if they claim the spoils against relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld at Deutsche Bank Park (Frankfurt 3/4, Draw 13/5, Bielefeld 4/1 – Match Result).

Frankfurt have only picked up one point from their two matches since the winter break, while Bielefeld are on a four-game unbeaten run and a point would be enough to lift them out of the relegation zone.

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