This weekend would mark the beginning of fixtures just before the international break. The league fixtures continue with the first two fixtures from European competitions played.
Here are the best predictions from across Europe’s top five leagues.
Tottenham have made an excellent start to the new Premier League season and could move to the top of the table if they beat Leicester at home. The Foxes have had a dreadful start to the campaign and currently occupy last place with just a single point to their name from their opening six fixtures, leaving Brendan Rodgers’ job on the line. We can’t see this game ending in anything but a win for the home side, as Tottenham have won four of their last five head-to-heads with Leicester, claiming a 3-1 victory when the pair met at this very stadium back in May. Spurs have picked up four wins from their last six matches in all competitions, while Leicester has lost five of their last six in league and cup, so you can see why we’re backing a home win this weekend. Bet9ja have 1.50 odds, Paripesa have 1.51 odds and 1xBet have 1.51 odds.
Athletic Bilbao has won three of their last four fixtures ahead of their tussle with Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Something exciting is brewing at Athletic Bilbao under new boss Ernesto Valverde, and Los Leones are rocketing up the La Liga table thanks to a run of three wins in four games. In each of their last two victories, Athletic smashed four goals past their opponents, and they can put their early swagger to good use against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. The visitors have lost two of their last three and they could struggle to contain Athletic Bilbaog football in t9ja have 1.54 odds, Paripesa have 1.61 odds and 1xBet have 1.61 odds.
Fresh from a Champions League success over Dortmund in midweek, Manchester City revisits Molineux just four months after a commanding 5-1 victory. With Wolves finally posting their first victory of the Premier League (PL) campaign earlier this month they face an insurmountable test against a very good Manchester City side. Wolves are the league’s joint-lowest scorers and also have just one in six home league games. The stats are pointing to an easy win for Pep’s side as they hope to go top of the table temporarily. Bet9ja have 1.34 odds, Paripesa have 1.34 odds and 1xBet have 1.34 odds.
Barcelona’s five-game winning streak came to an end against Bayern Munich, who once again proved to be an insurmountable obstacle. But a shot at immediate redemption awaits, with the Barça boss knowing a ninth-straight competitive win against Elche will temporarily lift them to the La Liga (LL) summit. Barcelona fans can take confidence from an impressive league start (W4, D1), with their four wins coming in the last four LL games. Elche faces a tough task ahead as they are winless this season and face a resilient Barcelona side this weekend. H2H records have seen the Catalan side win five games in their last five meetings and we are certain of a repeat here owing to the away’s side’s lack of form. Bet9ja have 1.09 odds, Paripesa have 1.11 odds and 1xBet have 1.11 odds.
Games involving Montpellier this season have been nothing short of sensational, with plenty of scoring and lots of excitement. One of those teams is Strasbourg who is one of only two teams who doesn’t have a win this season, the other one is Ajaccio. Strasbourg managed to draw 5 games while losing two of the seven they played. One stat that will worry Strasbourg fans is their away form against Montpellier. They failed to win 7 games in a row while playing at Stade de la Mosson. Montpellier has won 2 out of 4 home games this season, their losses coming against Auxerre and Lille while they beat out Troyes and Ajaccio. Elye Wahi is Montpellier’s top scorer this season, a 19-year-old has been on the mark on 4 occasions. Bet9ja have 2.53 odds, Paripesa have 2.64 odds and 1xBet have 2.64 odds.
Newcastle started the new Premier League season with a win but have failed to secure all 3pts in any of their last five league games. This weekend the Magpies play host to newly-promoted Bournemouth who heads to St James’s Park on the back of a fantastic 3-2 win away at Nottingham Forest in which they were 2-0 down at the interval. At least three goals have been scored in each of the last five meetings between Newcastle and Bournemouth, and we’re predicting more of the same on Saturday. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in three of Newcastle’s last five outings and five of Bournemouth’s last six matches have also witnessed at least three goals scored, adding plenty of weight to our prediction. Bet9ja have 1.78 odds, Paripesa have 1.88 odds and 1xBet have 1.88 odds.
Manchester City has won each of their last four league meetings with Wolves, claiming an impressive 5-1 win at Molineux last season. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in four of the duo’s last six encounters in the Premier League and we’re expecting the goals to flow once again when the pair meet on Saturday. Manchester City has won four of their last six matches in all competitions and five of those games have witnessed at least three goals being scored. You can see why we have them score more than two goals here today. Bet9ja have 1.54 odds, Paripesa have 1.56 odds and 1xBet have 1.56 odds.
Lille have been inconsistent throughout their first seven games this season, winning and losing 3 games each while allowing 15 goals. On the other side of things, Toulouse finally won this past weekend after losing three games in a row. Even though Toulouse scored only 8 goals so far this season, their encounters against Lille have been nothing but entertaining. In their last six games, they accumulated 24 goals or 4 goals per game. Lille’s unreliable defending should give plenty of chances to Toulouse’s front line who have been inconsistent this season. They managed to score only 2 goals in their last 4 matches and playing against a Lille team who are equally unimpressive on the defending side of things, should give them ample opportunities to get at least a goal or two. Bet9ja have 1.60 odds, Paripesa have 1.70 odds and 1xBet have 1.70 odds.
Sparta Rotterdam’s difficult start to the season continues with the team losing 3-0 to Feyenoord in the recent league match. Groningen picked up the first victory in three games after a narrow 1-0 success over Cambuur. Even though Groningen have picked up a victory in the recent game, they are likely to struggle against Sparta Rotterdam. All of the three league defeats suffered by Sparta Rotterdam have come up against top teams and they have done relatively well against teams around them in the table. With four out of the last five games producing more than three goals at the end, the H2H statistics point heavily towards this prediction. Bet9ja have 1.98 odds, Paripesa have 2.03 odds and 1xBet have 2.03 odds.
Celta Vigo’s defending has been way below the standard you would expect of a seasoned La Liga outfit. Eduardo Coudet’s troops shipped four goals for the second time this term when they were swatted aside by Atletico Madrid last week and overall, Celta have been conceding 2.0 goals per 90 minutes since the summer. Valencia rattled the net five times in their last home fixture against Getafe. Valencia has serious attacking intent and could see this game produce well over three goals. Bet9ja have 2.15 odds, Paripesa have 2.26 odds and 1xBet have 2.26 odds.
The England and Tottenham captain, Harry Kane, has enjoyed a fruitful start to the new season, a time where he is often criticized for not scoring enough goals. So far, Kane has netted 5-goals in the Premier League alone, all of which have come from open play. We’re backing the England star to score again this weekend when his Tottenham side takes on a Leicester side that is leaking goals and lacks confidence. Bet9ja have 1.90 odds while Paripesa have 1.91 odds.
Erling Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm in his debut season. The big Norwegian striker has scored 10 goals in the league alone this season and the former Dortmund forward has already netted two hat tricks for his new club. We’re backing Haaland to score a goal in the game this weekend, leading his club to another 3pts. Bet9ja have 1.60 odds while Paripesa have 1.66 odds.
Bayern winger Leroy Sane has been chipping in with plenty of crucial goals this season and the ex-Man City star notched again in midweek in the German giant’s 2-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League. The 25-year-old has notched five times overall since the summer and his wicked left foot could come in handy again on Saturday when Die Roten visits Augsburg. With Sane in such excellent form, we recommend backing him in the weekend anytime goal scorer’s market. Bet9ja have 2.30 odds while Paripesa have 2.50 odds.
With Polish striker Robert Lewandowski performing at full pelt, Barcelona has been banging in plenty of goals domestically, having registered six goals already his eyes would be set on more this weekend when he faces an Elche defense that leaked eight goals in their last two La Liga tussles. Expect multiple goals from the in-form striker today. Bet9ja have 1.48 odds while Paripesa have 1.40 odds.
Versatile French attacker Christopher Nkunku didn’t get in on the act when Leipzig beat Dortmund last week, though he remains the club’s leading marksman in the Bundesliga with four goals since the summer. Nkunku will be keen to add to his domestic tally on Saturday and having scored both home and away against Borussia Monchengladbach the last term, the 24-year-old has already shown that he has the skills to beat Die Fohlen’s defense. With that strong record in mind, we recommend adding Nkunku to your slip as an anytime scorer pick. Bet9ja have 2.70 odds while Paripesa have 2.60 odds.
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