I cover a few different soccer leagues here and thought it would be a good
idea to pick out a few of the best-looking bets for the coming weekend. I’ve
chosen one each from Spain’s La Liga, Serie A in Italy, Germany’s Bundesliga,
and the Australian A-League.
All the odds I’ve used when making my soccer picks for February 15-16 are
from Betway. If you’re interested, you can
read our Betway review.
Barcelona to Beat Getafe and Total Goals Over 3.5 – 3.40
Barcelona is supposedly in the middle of a crisis and worried that talismanic
Lionel Messi might decide to leave at the end of the season. The Argentinian
maestro is unhappy at the way that sporting director (and former teammate) Eric
Abidal has blamed the players for the parting of ways with former manager
Whatever is going on off the pitch, Barcelona is still doing okay for itself
on the field — at the Camp Nou, at least.
Away form has been a little patchy, at least compared to Barca’s usual
standard, but ten wins and one draw from eleven games at home tells its own
story. That draw was against top-of-the-league Real Madrid, by the way. The
Blaugrana has scored 37 goals in those games, an average of just under 3.5.
Getafe is no pushover, however. The Madrid side is probably overachieving but
is currently just behind Barca in third. In my
La Liga predictions, I’ve mentioned that this week could act as a release
for the Barcelona team, meaning a few goals might be scored.
Getafe may even weigh in with a few of its own.
Lazio to Beat Inter – 2.37
Inter is supposed to be the challenger to Juventus this season, with Antonio
Conte assembling an exciting group of players in both the summer and winter
transfer windows in an attempt to stop a ninth successive title for the Old
The Nerazzurri has certainly done its part and tops the league as we go into
the weekend’s games. But there has been another team that has pushed the top two
all the way this season, and it could even leapfrog them both if results go its
way on Sunday.
Lazio has probably been the most impressive team in Serie A this season.
Simone Inzaghi’s team has played some very attractive soccer, and the head coach
continues to get the best out of players such as Ciro Immobile. The last time
the Biancocelesti lost a game was way back at the end of September when it
narrowly fell to Inter at the San Siro.
Since then, it has only dropped points in two games and has now scored 53
goals in 23 games. Only Atalanta has managed more. Juventus would probably
rather the draw, but I think Lazio could record a memorable win on Sunday
RB Leipzig has, once again, been the team trying to wrestle the Bundesliga
title from Bayern Munich in Germany. The recent game between the two ended in a
0-0 draw, which was a better result for Leipzig, considering it was the away
team. It looks like there will be a very close race at the top this season, and
RB Leipzig is definitely going to be involved.
Their task this weekend looks fairly straightforward. Timo Werner is scoring
goals for fun, and Leipzig’s opponents — Werder Bremen — sit one off the bottom
of the table.
Only Fortuna Dusseldorf has scored fewer goals than Werder Bremen in Germany
this season, and it has only managed two since the start of the year, conceding
seven in the process. One of those goals came in a rare win against Fortuna, and
it looks like Bremen is really going to struggle to stay in the top flight for
what would be its 40th consecutive season next year.
Leipzig will win this one, and I can’t see Werder Bremen troubling the home
team’s goal that much.
Wellington Phoenix to Beat Melbourne City – 2.70
For my final pick of the weekend, I’ve gone for a less popular league, but
one that can offer up some good value bets. For those of you with little
knowledge of the A-League, Wellington Phoenix is the only club from New Zealand
in the eleven-team division and is currently surprisingly enjoying a very good
season after losing some of its better players at the end of last season.
Melbourne City is the higher-profile club, largely thanks to their ownership
by the same people who own Manchester City in the English Premier League. The
reason why the odds for a home win here are fairly good value is that Melbourne
is currently second in the table, with Wellington in fourth. But travel has to
be taken into consideration here, and it will obviously affect the Melbourne
The Phoenix has also been showing a real togetherness this season that has
already played its part in picking up points in games where it has been the
underdog. This will probably be a close game, but I fancied the Kiwis to take
all three points in my weekly
A-League predictions, and I stand by that pick.
Weekly Parlay – 11.57
If you are looking for slightly higher odds for your selection, then you
might want to go for a parlay covering all four of these games. The price to
take all these picks in one multiple bet would be very attractive, but even just
taking the game winners of each could bring in some healthy returns from a small
Selecting Barcelona to beat Getafe, Lazio to beat Inter, RB Leipzig to beat
Werder Bremen, and Wellington Phoenix to beat Melbourne City would get you odds
of 11.57 at Betway. There may be more adventurous bets to make, but that’s not
bad for four home wins.
There is obviously some risk with some of these bets, but you have to look at
the value of the odds to decide whether it is a risk worth taking. Lazio to beat
Inter, for example, is a bold decision, but the price offered for the in-form
team in Italy to win a game at home looks pretty good to me.
While all odds shown here are from Betway, there are a number of bookmakers
and sportsbooks that cover a wide variety of soccer leagues and tournaments. For
more information on finding find the best markets, take a look at our
guide to betting
Dan Roberts is an experienced freelance writer specialising in sports and sports betting. He is particularly knowledgeable about world soccer, but also writes about football, basketball and cricket.
As a fan of Nottingham Forest, New York Knicks, Minnesota Vikings and New York Mets, Dan has not had much to celebrate recently.