Add Malaga or Draw +650 Against Rusty Barcelona To your Weekend Soccer Picks

Nikki Adams

Friday, August 28, 2015 12:48 PM GMT

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 12:48 PM GMT

Barcelona look to continue their winning start on the season with a victory in their home opener over Malaga. Join us as we weigh in on week 2 of Primera Division betting and serve up soccer picks.

 

Barcelona win over Athletic Club
After suffering a huge defeat to Athletic Club in domestic Super Cup action (5-1 on aggregate), Barcelona set the record straight in the La Liga opener between these two sides. Taking the 1-0 win in Bilbao and kick starting their season auspiciously as the La Liga odds makers’ favourite to win the domestic title.

To look at the La Liga table is to find Barcelona in fifth place, but that is just semantics. Technically, they are tied with Eibar, Celta de Vigo, Atletico Madrid and Espanyol on points but behind on goal differential. It’s just one round into the La Liga season. Plenty of time for the Catalan giants to lift themselves up to the top of the tree.

 

Malaga Draw Opener
Malaga opened their season with a home draw against Sevilla, one of the up and coming teams in La Liga that many soccer bettors are spotting this season. Considering Sevilla finished in the top half of the La Liga table and won the Europa League title last season, a draw is nothing to sneeze at. Malaga can be well pleased by taking a point off such worthy opponents.

Malaga have received no favours from schedulers as their next matchup is with Barcelona at Camp Nou. Back-to-back tough obstacles to start the season is enough to send teams spiralling out of control, or put them off course for a stretch.

Malaga won 1-0 at Camp Nou last season and held the Messi-inspired Barcelona to a scoreless draw in Andalusia. So, perhaps, they won’t be too intimidated. There’s also the fact that Barcelona haven’t been playing up to their lofty standards. They fritted away a 4-1 lead in European Super Cup action against Sevilla, only to win 5-4 in extra time. They lost by a humiliating 5-1 score to Athletic Club in domestic Super Cup. Still, just when soccer bettors think Barcelona is down and in trouble, don’t they turn things on a dime? Find the sublime form they are renowned for and make things look extraordinarily easy?

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
The popular soccer pick is Barcelona to win outright. At -1000 soccer odds, you’re not getting any value. Barcelona have been a bit score shy in the last two games so perhaps take Barcelona to win by a goal at +350 at Bet365 in winning margin bets. Or the Under 2.5 at +210 at Bet365.

That said, for the adventurous soccer bettor there’s a glaring reality to consider: Barcelona isn’t quite in top form yet. So if there were a time to bet against them it would be now, at the start of the season when things aren’t going as smoothly as they’d like them to, the season is but young and players are rusty still and Neymar is coming off injury time. That alone makes Malaga at +2500 to win outright worth the tickle on your soccer picks or the draw at +900 at bet365. You can combine this by hedging your bets in double results: Malaga or draw at +650

Keep in mind that Malaga are after frustrating Sevilla in a scoreless draw, the same side that put four goals past Barcelona in European Super Cup action and sent the game into extra time, only to lose 5-4. They probably should have won it.

Soccer Picks: Malaga or draw at +650

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