Europa League: Matchday 2 Tips

AEK Athens vs Leicester City

Currently fourth in the Greece Super League, AEK Athens found themselves crashing down to earth in their heavy defeat to Braga in Matchday One.

A return to home soil should prove advantageous, though AEK will need to come up with the perfect game plan to move level on points with Leicester in Group G.

Buoyed by Sunday’s win at Arsenal, Leicester can clinch another away win to maintain their 100% record in this season’s Europa League.

Brendan Rodgers will have his side fired up for Thursday’s trip to Greece and football betting punters will be tempted to back the Foxes at 3/4.

888 prediction: Leicester to win (3/4)

Antwerp vs Tottenham Hotspur

Antwerp came from behind to edge past Ludogorets in their opening group stage clash and the Belgian outfit will be quietly confident of upsetting Tottenham on Thursday night.

At the time of writing, Antwerp are leading the way in the Belgian Pro League but there is still a clear gulf in class between the two sides.

Tottenham were dominant against LASK Linz on Matchday One and the Premier League side were well worth their 3-0 victory.

This is tougher but Spurs are still heavy favourites to prevail. As one of the Europa League betting favourites, Tottenham should cruise through the group stages.

888 prediction: Tottenham to win (13/25)

Arsenal vs Dundalk

Mikel Arteta will be demanding an immediate response after Sunday’s defeat to Leicester and Dundalk could find themselves on the end of a hiding here.

The Gunners may wring the changes for Thursday’s clash but Arsenal fans will still expect a convincing victory against the League of Ireland Premier Division side.

It would be one of the greatest upsets in European football history if Dundalk could beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

The visitors will be up against it from start to finish and this could get ugly for Dundalk if Arsenal go for the throat. Take the 10/13 for two or more first half goals.

888 prediction: Over 1.5 first half goals (10/13)

European Football: Serie A Picks

Roma vs Fiorentina

It’s been all-action for Roma so far. Their last match was an epic, a 3-3 draw with Milan on Monday, which followed a 5-2 win over Benevento.

There was a 2-2 draw with Juventus and a 3-0 loss to Verona thrown in for good measure. Eight points from five matches is a fair return for a side who have conceded two goals per match.

Perhaps fortunately for Roma, they face another team with a shaky defence in Fiorentina. They too have let in 10 in five matches after toppling Udinese 3-2 last time out.

That victory followed a draw with Spezia after consecutive losses to Sampdoria and Inter. La Viola are the 3/1 football betting underdogs for Sunday’s encounter.

Surely this is going to be a high-scoring match?

888 prediction: Over 2.5 is barely worth consideration at 11/20.

Over 3.5 total has hit in three of the last four matches for both teams. That’s our pick for this one at 7/5.

Torino vs Lazio

Torino’s struggles late last season have carried over into 2020/21. They have one point from five matches this term.

Expected points tell a similarly bleak story for Marco Giampaolo’s side – they are third-bottom with just 3.08 xPTS. Chance creation has been a real problem; Torino have scored seven goals, but only generated 4.72 xG.

A challenging run of early fixtures have left Lazio with seven points from their five matches. They got a much-needed boost by beating Bologna in their last league outing, ending a three-match winless streak.

Serie A betting has Lazio as 9/10 favourites to take all three points on Sunday afternoon.

888 prediction: The visitors have been okay defensively, and perhaps unlucky to concede nine goals.

Torino’s failure to open up defences will be an issue here – Lazio to be winning at half-time and full-time is our pick at 2/1.

La Liga: El Clasico Betting Tips

Real Madrid vs Huesca

Fresh from their El Clasico victory in Barcelona, Real Madrid return to the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium for what should be a straightforward La Liga fixture.

Football betting tips for today have Los Blancos as huge favourites to claim three points on Saturday afternoon and we could see Real run riot.

Huesca have conceded 10 goals already this season and they’ve not had much luck at the other end of the pitch either, notching just five goals in seven league games.

The visitors threatened to pull off an upset at Real Sociedad last time out but crumbled in the second half – Huesca must tighten their defence.

You don’t need to be a La Liga predictions expert to suggest a home win here. However, there is value in backing Real Madrid to win to nil at 10/11.

The hosts are looking to secure back-to-back La Liga titles for the first time since 2008 and Zinedine Zidane’s men will have this down as a banker three points.

888 Prediction: Real Madrid to win to nil (10/11)

Celta Vigo vs Real Sociedad

Celta Vigo were winless in their four La Liga fixtures heading into Monday night’s clash with Levante and fans have been critical of the club in recent weeks.

With just three goals scored so far this season, Celta Vigo have the worst attacking record in La Liga and a change could be on the cards.

Still 100/1 underdogs in La Liga betting for the Spanish title, Real Sociedad have a slender lead at the top of the table after a strong start to the campaign.

While both Madrid clubs have games in hand on the La Liga leaders, Sociedad have been knocking on the door for some time in Spain’s top flight.

Are Sociedad consistent enough to sustain a title challenge for the entire campaign? Only time will tell but the visitors represent excellent value to claim three points here.

The 6/4 available with 888sport should be snapped up and Real Sociedad to win could be the one of the top La Liga betting tips of the weekend.

888 Prediction: Real Sociedad to win (6/4)

European Football: Bundesliga Expert Picks

FC Koln vs Bayern Munich

Koln have picked up just two points so far this season and it isn’t going to get any easier with the visit of Bayern Munich this weekend.

One positive is that they have managed to avoid defeat in each of their previous two games, drawing against Eintracht Frankfurt before earning a point at Stuttgart.

However, Bayern are on another level. With 22 goals in just five league games, the Bavarians have been at their brilliant best going forward in recent weeks.

Robert Lewandowski leads the way with 10 Bundesliga goals this campaign and the Poland striker is averaging a goal every 37 minutes.

Bundesliga expert football predictions will be tipping a Bayern win here and the Bavarians are red hot football betting favourites to claim three points.

However, there is value in backing Bayern to lead by two or more goals at half-time. Expect the Bundesliga champions to go for the jugular from kick-off.

888 Prediction: Bayern Munich to lead by two or more goals at half-time (33/20)

Borussia Monchengladbach vs RB Leipzig

Undoubtedly the Bundesliga betting game of the weekend, Monchengladbach will fancy their chances of edging past early pacesetters RB Leipzig on Saturday evening.

The hosts are winless in their last eight matches against Leipzig but Monchengladbach have been in fine form as of late and three points could be on the cards.

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig are a point clear of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund ahead of this weekend’s Bundesliga action and a win here will signal their intent.

They haven’t missed Timo Werner much thus far and a Leipzig victory is likely to be one of the most popular football bets for today.

However, we are sitting on the fence with our Bundesliga expert predictions this week and both teams to score is our best bet ahead of Saturday’s contest.

The selection has landed in the last three meetings between the two sides and this could be an entertaining affair for neutrals. A Bundesliga Halloween bonanza awaits.

888 Prediction: Both teams to score (4/9)

European Football Expert Picks

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FIRST PUBLISHED: 23rd July 2020

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