The things are heating up across Europe with both the English Premier League and the French Ligue 1 to kick-off this Friday, August 9, 2019. The Dutch Eerste Divisie starts today, too, which is great news for those who like betting on the totals and look for high-scoring affairs.
Likewise, the action starts in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, while the German Bundesliga teams will play in the first round of the DFB Pokal. There are a few interesting games in Denmark and Switzerland, so let’s take a look at today’s football betting tips.
Eerste Divisie – 3.10 goals per game in the 2018-19 season
The Dutch Eerste Divisie is one of the most efficient football leagues for many years. However, those 3.10 goals per game are not so good when you know there were 3.24 goals per game in the 2017-18 season. Furthermore, just 59% of all games went in the over 2.5 goals which are 7% fewer than two seasons ago.
Still, keep your eyes on Eerste Divisie. Every year, there are a few teams who score a lot and concede even more. Last season, half of Dordrecht, NEC, Jong Ajax, and Jong PSV’s games saw at least four goals on the scoreboard.
The odds on the over 2.5 goals are not attractive, but there will be sure shots at times. Therefore, keep track of the betting trends and try to find the value. Don’t settle for side bets and take the totals. Last year, the most common outcome was a 2-1 win (15% or 31 games), and the visitors won 28.
It’s another two-horse race in Portugal
Benfica will try to retain the title and become the Portuguese champion for the sixth time in the last seven years. In that span, only Porto won a title in 2018, while Sporting finished at the second spot on two occasions.
From this point of view, Sporting is far away from the top-two finish. The Lions are 7.50 underdogs to win the title. Benfica leads the way at 1.90, while Porto is set at 2.25 to lift the trophy.
We saw 2.70 goals per game last season, and 49% of all games produced three or more goals in the total. On the other hand, the odds on the over 2.5 goals are quite tempting. Therefore, you can take the over 1.5 goals occasionally when you’re betting on the totals.
Grasshoppers want to extend their winning streak; Goals expected in Odense
Grasshoppers won all their three games on the season, and they welcome Schaffhausen as 1.45 favorites on Friday. Schaffhausen earned two points out of the first three rounds, recording a couple of high-scoring stalemates (2-2 and 3-3) along with a 2-0 loss at Vaduz.
The price on the over 2.5 goals is 1.55 which is another interesting option. These two teams met this summer in a friendly, and Grasshoppers thrashed off Schaffhausen 4-0. This will be their first competitive clash since 2012.
The Danish Superliga Round 5 brings the clash between Odense and Randers which promises a bunch of goals. All Randers’ four games saw three or more goals in the total, while three of Odense’s four contests had at least three goals in the total.
On the other hand, the previous three H2H duels produced fewer than three goals in the total, but the odds at 1.85 seems quite attractive if you like betting on the totals.