Dec 17, 2021
Dec 17, 2021

European Soccer Preview: This week's matches

This week's European soccer matches

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European Soccer Preview: This week's matches

Pinnacle’s European soccer preview returns for the 2021/22 season, delving deep into the biggest and most intriguing matches from around Europe’s major leagues.

This weekend, French football will turn its head to Coupe de France action which means we’ll be running the rule over the three remaining major European leagues in our European soccer preview.

There’s an entertaining match in Spain as Sevilla host Atletico Madrid and SC Freiburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga also looks interesting, but we begin with the Serie A title race…

Serie A

The fixture generator has done Salernitana no favours with a difficult run of four matches. Having played and lost to Juventus, AC Milan, and Fiorentina in the last three weeks, Salernitana will face Inter Milan this Friday.

Salernitana’s outright odds are 12.720*, with Inter the favourites at 1.240*. Unsurprisingly, the home side - who are currently bottom of the table - haven’t scored in those last three Serie A games, with Inter priced at 2.100to Win to Nil.

Atalanta meet AS Roma on Saturday in one of the most entertaining looking fixtures of the weekend. The home side have scored at least two goals in 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions, and are
1.826* to win and at 1.675* to score Over 1.5 goals in this match. Roma (4.110*) need a victory to propel themselves back into European qualification contention. Both Teams to Score is priced at 1.142*.

Read: Serie A predictions 

Juventus sit in sixth place after a disappointing 1-1 draw with newly promoted Venezia in their last match. They are desperate for a prolific striker with Paulo Dybala their top scorer on just eight goals. Max Allegri’s side travel to Bologna who’ve already beaten Roma and Lazio this season. Our traders have Bologna at 4.390* to win and Juve at 1.877* to claim victory, while the draw might appeal at 3.810*.  

Fiorentina (1.925*) are in fifth having won their last five Serie A matches and boast Europe’s most in-form striker, Dusan Vlahovic. Their opponents Sassuolo (4.000*) have some talent of their own and beat AC Milan and Lazio recently. This form all points towards Both Teams to Score being a value bet at 1.588*.

Bet: Serie A odds 

La Liga 

Real Sociedad have lost their last three La Liga ties, with losses to fellow Champions League-chasing team Real Betis and current league leaders Real Madrid. Next up is a home match against Villarreal, who have been in patchy form and are at 3.610* to win, while Los Txuri Urdin are the 2.270* favourites. Who will get the upper hand - Sociedad striker Alexander Isak or Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno?

Barcelona's attention will be firmly on beating Elche this weekend as they hope to close the gap to the Champions League places. Xavi’s side are the overwhelming 1.341* favourites to win and are at 2.440* to score Over 2.5 goals. Elche have only won one league match since October 3 and sit at long odds of 10.570* to triumph.

Read: La Liga predictions

Sevilla (2.880*) versus Atletico Madrid (2.890*) is one of the most highly-anticipated matches in La Liga every season, and with Atleti’s grip on La Liga title already loosening (they are out at 9.000to win the title, from 3.350*), a victory for Atletico would put them in touching distance of second place, a spot currently held by Sevilla. Anything less than a win for Atleti could see any title ambitions for this year dashed. In the last two matches, the home side have Won to Nil (4.400).

Real Madrid are favourites to claim the La Liga title after their derby victory over Atletico Madrid, and they are also the 1.100* favourites to beat Cadiz this weekend.  Los Blancos’ favourite status is perhaps so well illustrated by the fact that Cadiz are at 16.500* to triumph – that’s just a 6.1% implied probability!

German Bundesliga

Wolfsburg were top of the league in the first few weeks of the season but a loss in form and a change in manager has seen them drop to 11th at the time of writing. Their opponents on Friday, Bayern Munich, are the 1.236* favourites to win, with Julian Nagelsmann’s men looking to consolidate their lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund. Wolfsburg are at 10.540* to claim victory.

Domenico Tedesco’s first match in charge of RB Leipzig ended in a 4-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, halting a slump of three-successive defeats. RB (1.167*) take on Arminia Bielefeld (16.860*) who have only won once so far this season. If Tedesco can get Andre Silva and Christopher NKunku working in tandem, then they could rapidly ascend up the league in the second half of the season.

Read: German Bundesliga predictions 

Hertha Berlin have only put two league victories together on one occasion so far this season, and new manager Tayfun Korkut needs some consistency from his team to move them away from relegation trouble. Consistency is also the buzzword around Hertha’s opponents Borussia Dortmund, who are desperately hoping to remain on the heels of Bayern Munich at the top of the division. The odds suggest Dortmund are the favourites at 1.613*, with Hertha at 5.080*. Both Teams to Score in the 1st half is at 3.900*.

On Sunday, fifth-placed Freiburg (2.760*) could overtake third-placed Bayer Leverkusen with victory. But despite Leverkusen conceding five goals in their loss to Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, they are currently the 2.430* favourites to succeed. Freiburg have only conceded 15 goals so far this campaign – the lowest in the league – so Under 2 goals in this match is at 3.770*; however, Bayer do have 14 goal-man Patrik Schick leading their line. 

Bet: German Bundesliga odds

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