The Champions League and Europa League is back! This is great news for both fans and players alike. But it’s not necessarily great for football betting fans as domestic games can turn unpredictable when European competitions start.
Eindhoven host Atl. Madrid in their first Champions League clash of the group stage on Tuesday. This is a vital home game if the Dutch champions are to progress to the last 16. That’s mainly because Munich are also in their group, with either Eindhoven and Madrid likely to take second spot in the pool.
Feyenoord, meanwhile, face Manchester United in the best Europa League game to watch on Thursday. Feyenoord have won all five of their games this season but that match is nevertheless a tough challenge.
When Eindhoven and Feyenoord meet on Sunday, therefore, we cannot expect a polished performance from either side. In fact, defensively both teams may be jaded from their European exploits. And that is good for goals betting.
Feyenoord are averaging exactly three goals per game in the Eredivisie, while Eindhoven boast 11 goals from five outings. Combined that’s an average 2.6 goals per game. Granted, between them they have conceded just three times all season but with heavy legs weighing down both defences this game is ripe for the strikers to exploit.
Utrecht v Groningen: The battle at the bottom
Where to start with these two sides? They both had spectacular seasons in the Eredivisie last term and secured Europa League qualification off the back of their performances. Utrecht were the fifth-highest scorers in the league and Groningen had a knack of winning their tight games.
But this season has been a disaster. Together they have picked up just five points — all from draws — and are struggling in defence. That maybe isn’t surprising considering their summer exploits in the transfer window. Groningen failed to adequately add to their squad and Utrecht lost key midfielder Bart Ramselaar to Eindhoven. They signed two players and landed three more on loan but none of the loanees have properly settled in yet.
This game could be quite predictable. Neither side look particularly threatening going forward and have spent most of this season chasing the ball. So don’t expect too many goals on Friday night. A draw at 3.75 is probably a good bet.
Sparta top scorer to continue firing
Loris Brogno is enjoying a fine start to the season at Sparta. The Belgian scored 16 goals in the Eerste Divisie last season and has continued that form into the top flight. His goals have so far earned Sparta six points and he also bagged a consolation in the 3-1 defeat to Twente before the international break.
Sparta need Brogno — that is clear to see — and they may worry he could leave for a bigger club in the January transfer window if his form continues. Sparta face NEC this weekend, who have just lost heavily to Eindhoven in the previous round of games. In fact, NEC are conceding on average two goals per game in the Eredivisie this season.
Brogno, therefore, is a good bet to bag a goal on Sunday.