European Soccer Offers Good Betting Value Across The Board

James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo during a game against Portugal celebrating CR7's goal

Martin Green

Friday, September 16, 2016 2:03 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 16, 2016 2:03 PM UTC

The weekend is almost upon us and there are dozens of top-flight games taking place across Europe’s top leagues, with plenty of intriguing matches to bet on and bolster any parlays you might be considering.



There are several Premiership games where one Soccer pick really should win, and the odd match dotted about Serie A, La Liga, and the Bundesliga.

Arsenal has finally hit form, taking six points from their last two games against Watford and Southampton, and they should be able to continue the good work against Hull. The Tigers have started the season remarkably well considering the turmoil that has gripped the club off the pitch, but they lost to Man Utd and are expected to struggle against another club that dwarfs them in terms of transfer speed and ambition. Arsenal seems to be clicking: they salvaged a great draw away at PSG in the Champions League midweek, the new signings have given everyone a lift and they can kick on now and win this (-160). Man Utd are looking to bounce back from their derby defeat to Man City and face a relatively comfortable away trip to Watford. The Hornets are fresh from thrashing West Ham, but they are not on the same level as Jose Mourinho’s side and they should get back to winning ways (-150). City host Bournemouth and should maintain their 100% record with a comfortable win as the gulf in class here is huge. Leicester’s 3-0 Champions League win will give everyone a lift and they should have little trouble beating Burnley, who are resolute but unexciting (-180). Tottenham lost in midweek to Monaco but will relish a home game against Sunderland, who have just one point so far this campaign and sit second from bottom, and should win comfortably too. Finally, Chelsea host Liverpool in a mouth-watering clash. The Reds are in good form, but Chelsea is the better team and can send out a title warning to rivals with a big win here (+130 at 5Dimes which offers a 50% Free Play Bonus).


La Liga
Real have won all three of their league games this season and sit top of La Liga. They should continue that run at home to Espanyol at the weekend (-333). Zinedine Zidane’s men are streets ahead of them, having beaten them 6-0 at home and 6-0 away last season, so if you want more value you might consider giving Real a -2 handicap (+115). Barcelona lost to newly promoted Alaves in their last league game – the shock result of the season so far – but bounced back by annihilating Celtic 7-0 in the Champions League, and could rack up a similar score against the tiny club of Leganes this weekend. The win for Barcelona is -500 though, so go for -1.75 Barcelona on the Asian handicap for a bit more value (-135). Atletico beat Celta Vigo 4-0 last time out and then beat PSV in the Champions League, and they should carry that form into their next league match against Gijon. The odds of -455 (at Sports Betting) aren’t that attractive, but going Atletico and under 3.5 goals gets you -133. Finally, Betis are in good form and can beat Granada at home (-107).


Serie A
Juventus have started the season in typically sensational form, beating Lazio, Fiorentina, and Sassuolo, and they are well priced to beat a team of similar ability in Inter (+100). Those odds are very attractive on the serial Italian champions, who typically take four points off Inter every season but are really playing well at present. Roma face a tricky away game against Fiorentina, but they are in excellent form and can get the job done (+170). They finished last season with a remarkable unbeaten run and have carried it into the 2016/17 campaign with two wins and a draw so far. They are great going forwards and can really hurt Fiorentina. Napoli lost Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus in the summer but invested shrewdly to replace him and have been rewarded with two wins and a draw themselves. They host Bologna and really should beat them (-333). If you want more value to go for Napoli to win and over 2.5 goals (-120), as there have been over 2.5 goals in all of Napoli’s games so far this season.


Bayern Munich has been imperious as ever so far this season, winning their opening two league games and prevailing 5-0 in the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti seems to have improved them, if anything, and he seems to be getting the best out of Robert Lewandowski, who cannot stop scoring. They are just -1200 to beat Ingolstadt, who have a solitary point from their two games so far, so for more value, you could give Bayern a -2 handicap (-133). Another good bet looks to be Bayer Leverkusen securing an away win at Eintracht Frankfurt (+102). Bayer finished third last season, while Frankfurt ended up 16th. Bayer beat them 3-0 and 3-1 last season and really should win this. 

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