Best Soccer Parlay for February 8-9 – Accumulator With Odds of 26.58
Time for another parlay bet covering the top soccer leagues in Europe. I’m going to pick one game each from the English Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga, the French Ligue 1, and Spain’s La Liga. The idea is that this multiple bet will produce some fairly attractive odds from a minimal stake.
But these types of bets are very difficult to get right, given all the variables. Before I get into my five-leg soccer parlay bet with odds of 26.58 for this weekend, let’s take a look at how last week’s wager got on.
Results of Last Week’s Acca
I managed three out of five correct predictions last week, which means no returns or free bet, depending on whether your sportsbook offers that kind of promotion.
Bologna came from behind on Friday night to beat Brescia and start the bet off in the right way. But then Frankfurt and Newcastle could only manage draws in their games, so I had already lost going into the final two legs. They both ended up being successful, with Paris Saint-Germain and Valencia both victorious, but the overall bet was, once again, lost.
Let’s see if I can do any better this week. All odds are from Betway, but other sportsbooks and bookmakers will also offer these types of bets, so take a look around to get the best odds for your wager.
Hertha Berlin to Beat Mainz – 1.95
Hertha may not be enjoying the best of seasons, but there is a renewed feeling of confidence around the Olympiastadion since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as head coach. There have been some very good signings in the January transfer window, and I would not be surprised if Hertha climbs up the table fairly quickly over the next few weeks. Krzysztof Piatek looks like regaining the form he was showing at Milan last season and could be instrumental in the win here.
Mainz actually changed its manager at around the same time as Hertha last year, but with less success. There was an initial new manager bounce, but there has only been one win in the last seven games in the Bundesliga. This is a club that has played in the top flight of German soccer for quite a while now, but it does seem as though it could be involved in a relegation battle over the next few months.
Nice to Beat Nimes – 2.05
Nice does not look like it will trouble the upper reaches of the French top flight this season, but head coach Patrick Viera is doing a good job of making sure that the club will stay in the division. After coming back from New York City FC in MLS, there had been a few questions about his suitability. But he has proved that he picked up a few managerial pointers from top-quality coaches over the years.
Nimes did well last season in its first campaign in Ligue 1 for 25 years, but this year has been more of a struggle, and the club currently finds itself just above the bottom three. There have been some positive results recently, however — back-to-back wins against Monaco and Dijon at home. But it would seem too much to ask to expect a third consecutive win away from home against a Nice team that far prefers playing in front of its own fans.
Sheffield United to Beat Bournemouth – 1.72
I’ve chosen Sheffield United previously as my Premier League selection, and it is because the Blades have been one of the most consistent clubs in the English top flight this season. Manager Chris Wilder has his team playing an expressive style of soccer that many opponents have been unable to deal with. Sheffield United is also my outside tip for a Europa League spot this season, and I think it can easily deal with a poor Bournemouth side at Brammall Lane.
Eddie Howe seems to have finally worked out how to get his Bournemouth team playing again, and it could be just in time to save it from the drop. Just one win from 12 games had looked like relegation form, and the standard of play had not been good. Back-to-back victories against Brighton and Aston Villa were vitally important, but they were both at the compact Vitality Stadium.
A win on the road might be too much of an ask.
Lazio to Beat Parma – 1.75
Inter has done its best to challenge Juventus for the scudetto this season, but it has been Lazio that has surprised everyone with its continued presence in the top three. The record-breaking run of 11 straight Serie A wins was only stopped by a draw with Roma in the Derby della Capitale, but there is an appetite for a real push for the title this year from Simone Inzaghi’s squad.
Parma is actually doing fairly well itself. Placed just outside of the European qualification places, Roberto D’Aversa’s side has quietly gone about its business and fully deserves its current position.
But there has been a trend of losing to the better clubs in Serie A, and even though this game is being played at Il Tardini in Parma, I don’t think the home side is a match for this expansive Lazio team.
Sevilla to Beat Celta Vigo – 2.20
My final choice this week for the parlay bet is Sevilla to beat struggling Celta Vigo on the road. This is a team that is actually performing better away from home this season, and I fully expect that trend to continue in Galicia. Sevilla does not always score a lot of goals but has done well enough this season for a top-four place and could even overtake Getafe in third if the results this weekend go its way.
Celta Vigo still has a mountain to climb if it is to retain its top-flight status for next season. Iago Aspas, as ever, is the main man, but he is finding it difficult to rally the rest of the squad to the cause. Only Espanyol has fewer points, and even the bottom-placed club has scored more goals in the league this season.
Celta hasn’t won a game since the end of November and is winless at its own stadium since the opening months of the season, so I don’t think home advantage will help the team, either.
Odds for the Top Parlay Bet This Weekend
The fact that a couple of these selections are backing a win away from home definitely boosts the overall odds for this bet. But both Lazio and Sevilla have been impressive on the road and pushing hard for Champions League qualification, so I don’t have too many worries about that.
Although it does sound like “famous last words,” I can’t see a weak link in this five-leg parlay. The home teams all have good records, and even a relatively small stake will bring in some healthy returns. I’ll be back next week to see how I got on.