The things are heating up across Europe with the Belgian Jupiler Pro League and the Austrian Bundesliga starting this weekend. Likewise, German 2. Bundesliga and Regionalliga both kick-off Friday, July 26, so punters will have plenty of fun. Hereof, we’ve prepared a betting preview for the opening weekend to provide you all need-to-know tips and notes.
Belgian Jupiler Pro League
We had a nice intro on Thursday when Gent thrashed off the Romanian side Viitorul Constanta 6-3 in the Europa League qualifiers. In the 2018-19 Jupiler Pro League season, we saw 696 goals in 240 games which is 2.90 goals per game on average, and for years, the Belgium top tier is one of the best leagues to bet on the over.
The odds are often unattractive, but the frequency is what matters. In 30 rounds of the 2018-19 regular season, four out of 16 teams had 21 or more games with three or more goals in the total. Also, only Antwerp recorded fewer than 15 games with three or more goals in the total.
Gent and Zulte Waregem led the league with 22 games in the over, Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge recorded 21 each, while Eupen and Charleroi had 20 each. Zulte Waregem had the worst defense in the league with 60 goals allowed. Club Brugge was the most efficient team with 64 goals scored.
Genk will defend the title, while Club Brugge, Standard Liege, Gent, and Anderlecht will all try to mount a serious championship campaign. Keep in mind that after the first 30 rounds top six teams will continue to battle in the Championship Playoff, starting with half of the points they won in the regular season.
Only one team will be relegated, so keep your eyes on those teams who lurk in the middle of the table. If you like to back the over on the totals, the Belgium top tier will offer plenty of interesting picks this season.
Salzburg will look for its seventh straight title, and the Red Bulls are 1.20 favorites to retain the trophy. Austria Vienna, Rapid, and Sturm will all try to bounce back from a disappointing 2018-19 season, so we expect to see an interesting battle for the second spot and the ticket for the Champions League qualifying round.
Including the playoffs, we saw 558 goals in 192 games last season which is 2.91 goals per game on average. While 55.2% of all games saw both teams finding the net, 57.3% had al least three goals in the total. Admira and Hartberg led the league with 69.5% of their games finished in the over 2.5 goals.
Interestingly, Hartberg and the reigning champs Salzburg both had 20 BTTS games each, while Altach had the most – 22. One team will be relegated and Altach, Admira, and Hartberg should all battle to avoid the bottom of the standings.
German 2. Bundesliga and Regionalliga
For those bettors who are not familiar with the Regionalliga, it consists of five different leagues, making a great source of games during the season. Also, it is a nice source for the over backers. Here’s a quick recapitulation of this past season along with some betting tips and predictions.
Regionalliga North saw 2.86 goals per game; 55.6% of all contests went over the 2.5-goal line, while 54.2% saw both teams scoring. Also, the hosts won almost half of the games, bagging 1.67 goals per contest. Keep your eyes on Jeddeloh, Norderstedt, Kiel II, and SC Weiche-08.
Regionalliga North East had 2.88 goals per game; 53.9% of all games had at least three goals in the total, and just 47.7% saw both teams scoring. Teams to watch – Berliner AK 07, Erfurt, Meuselwitz, and BFC Dynamo.
Regionalliga West saw 2.80 goals per game; 52.3% of all games were finished in the over 2.5 goals, while 51.0% saw both teams scoring. Fortuna Dusseldorf II and Koln II led the way last season and should continue to score and concede a lot. Also, Borussia Dortmund II and Rodinghausen should produce a bunch of goals.
Regionalliga South West saw 2.87 goals per game and the most frequent outcome was 2-1; 55.6% of all games had three or more goals on the scoreboard and 51.6% saw both teams finding the net. Hoffenheim II led the way with 24 games finished in the over 2.5 goals, Saarbrucken had 22, while FSV Frankfurt and Stadtallendorf had 20 each.
Finally, Regionalliga Bayern has already started, and we’ve seen 75 goals in 24 games which is 3.13 goals per contest on average. It’s a small sample, but 54.2% of those games had four or more goals in the total. Keep your eyes on Eichstatt who could be one of the top contenders to get promoted after finishing the last season on the second spot.
When it comes to the 2. Bundesliga, it was one of the most efficient competitions in Europa last season with 2.95 goals per game on average. The most frequent full-time score was 1-1 and 58.8% of all contests saw both teams scoring, while 57.2% went over the 2.5 goals in the total.
Stuttgart and Hamburg are top favorites to get promoted, while we can expect a lot of high-scoring affairs from Holstein Kiel, Bochum, and Regensburg.
Keep in mind that the first few rounds are always tough to predict, so take it easy with your stakes. Also, stay tuned for more information and the best betting previews and picks for the European football leagues.