Top Leagues Bet Tips & Exclusive Previews
Top Leagues Bet Tips and Exclusive Previews
Leeds v Manchester City
Manchester City welcomed their World Cup stars back in a breathless 3-2 League Cup win over Liverpool last week, with Erling Haaland continuing his rich vein of form. It served to confirm a common suspicion: with many City players having poor World Cups, it was likely they would hit the ground running more than most. Even Kevin De Bruyne, so ineffectual in Qatar, looked back to his inevitable best.
That spells all kinds of trouble for Leeds, who are only two points clear of the relegation zone. Their devotion to Red Bull football under Jesse Marsch has, ironically, seen them perform better against the big teams than those in and around them. The challenge, of course, is accumulating enough points from those matches against the league’s foremost sides to keep out of harm’s way.
Of course, there are big teams and there are big teams. Manchester City are the latter, and they have the ruthless edge to exploit a Leeds defence that is vulnerable both individually and collectively (esp to back post crosses). This is unlikely to end well for Leeds; Pep Guardiola will be eager to keep pace with runaway league leaders Arsenal.
- Over 2.5 total goals at 1.45 odds
- Manchester City to score over 2.5 goals at 2.00 odds
- Manchester City to win at 1.32 odds
- Over 9.5 total corners at 1.75 odds
PSG v Strasbourg
Despite the disappointment of losing the World Cup final, Kylian Mbappe opted against an extended break and was back in PSG training right away. That shows not only his own personal drive, but the ambition within the dressing room of the Paris club. Despite holding a five-point lead and being unbeaten still, Christophe Galtier will be reluctant to cede any ground to the chasing pack; certainly not to second-from-bottom Strasbourg, who have won only once all season.
To be clear, Strasbourg are clearly underperforming. This is a club that finished sixth last season, after all. However, a slew of injuries have impeded them this season, as has the loss of form of some of their most important players. If there is any silver lining, it is that manager Julian Stephan actually has a pretty good record against Galtier, having won more than he has lost against the former Lille boss. That said, PSG are a whole different proposition: they have won 13 of their 20 meetings with Strasbourg and, even more concerning, The Blue-and-Whites are winless in six and haven’t kept a clean sheet in nine.
Even without Lionel Messi, this is a tall order. Mbappe will almost certainly take out his frustrations on the hapless visitors.
- PSG to win at half time and full time (HT/FT) at 1.63 odds
- Over 2.5 total goals at 1.38 odds
- PSG to soccer over 2.5 goals at 1.75 odds
- Less than 4.5 total bookings at 1.57 odds
Atletico Madrid v Elche
Atletico are having a weird campaign: hardly in the frame for the title, looking as disjointed as they ever have under Simeone, but still comfortably in the European places. Los Colchoneros were, oddly enough, one of the clubs most affected by deep World Cup runs, with the likes of Rodrigo De Paul, Antoine Griezmann and Nahuel Molina playing pivotal roles in their respective nations’ marches to the World Cup final.
That suggests they may not be at full tilt for the resumption of La Liga. However, Elche are perhaps the side least equipped to take advantage, sitting as they are at the bottom of the league. Elche are the only club yet to register a win in the league this season, and they have not kept a clean sheet in 10 matches. Even worse, they have developed a habit of scoring first in matches, but then failing to win – that has been the case in four of their last six matches (friendlies included).
Seeing as Elche average fewer than a goal a game on the road, this seems like an easy warm-down for Atletico at the Metropolitano.
- Atletico Madrid to win at 1.28 odds
- Atletico Madrid to win at half time and full time (HT/FT) at 1.79 odds
- Over 2.5 total goals at 1.77 odds
- Under 9.5 total corners at 1.77 odds
Liverpool v Leicester
Let’s face it: Leicester are hapless right now. No one who saw their sorry defeat to Newcastle at home can be under any illusions: this is shaping up to be a season to forget for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Not only are they overly dependent on James Maddison for any kind of creativity, but their defence still cannot keep things tight at the back.
Having to face Liverpool is pretty rough, as the Reds look to have fully bounced back from their shoddy form earlier in the season. They were rocked by Aston Villa, but their quality at the top of the pitch won out in the end, even with Darwin Nunez having yet another wasteful game at Villa Park. The Uruguayan may not be a gunslinger, but his speed and timing of runs remain a menace, and will cause this Leicester defence heart palpitations.
The one prayer the Foxes have will be to keep things tight and try to frustrate Liverpool. They did the same earlier in the campaign against Manchester City and it nearly worked, so it may be their best route to success here. It certainly would suit their defenders better, although if their set-piece weakness persists, all that organisation could be rendered moot in the blink of an eye, especially with the form Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are currently showing.
- Liverpool to win at 1.34 odds
- Over 2.5 total goals at 1.49 odds
- Liverpool to win at half time and full time (HT/FT) and over 1.5 total goals at 2.03 odds
Real Valladolid v Real Madrid
Now the World Cup is out of the way, Real Madrid will concern themselves with reeling in Barcelona. There was a sense in the first half of the season that some players may have been holding back for fitness reasons ahead of Qatar 2022; now, expect a full-throttle fight to the finish, especially with a fully rested Karim Benzema smarting from missing out on the World Cup.
First stop is a meeting with Real Valladolid, an opponent against whom Madrid have a very healthy recent record: three wins on the bounce,13 without defeat. Valladolid are also one of the lowest-scoring teams in La Liga, averaging less than a goal a game. This suggests a pretty straightforward win for the reigning European champions, although this fixture has tended to be low-scoring, and Valladolid actually have a decent record on their own turf. They have also won four of their last eight matches.
- Real Madrid to win at 1.50 odds
- Under 2.5 total goals at 2.35 odds
- Draw at half time and Real Madrid to win at full time at 4.55 odds
- Under 9.5 total corners at 1.79 odds
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