We’re back supplementing your betting needs for this weekend’s elite-level soccer fixtures across Europe’s top-flight leagues.
Continue reading our betting previews and soccer odds from the Spanish La Liga and the English Premier League fixtures involving Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad, Manchester United vs. Brighton, and more.
Top Soccer Picks
- Real Madrid ML (-154) at Bet365
- Manchester United-Brighton Over 3.5 Goals (+105) at Caesars Sportsbook
Sunday, September 17, 2023 – 03:00 PM EDT at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Real Madrid sits atop the La Liga standings with four wins from four. Still, a narrow 2-1 success over Getafe at the Bernabeu before the international break wasn’t exactly the domineering result most critics expected.
To date, Madrid has received a relatively simple strength of schedule, but 1-goal margins versus Celta de Vigo and Getafe aren’t good enough performances to scare the division’s upper echelon.
Of course, a win is a win, but an undefeated Real Sociedad won’t roll over this weekend, as Carlo Ancelotti will need his squad to be laser-focused to maintain a 100% record in La Liga this term.
Taking a 5-1 second-half lead over Granada on matchday four was Real Sociedad’s coming out party of the season. They’d previously drawn three consecutive games and struggled to find confidence, but with an unblemished La Liga record and six points in the bag, they can head to Madrid with their heads held high.
La Liga Prediction, Odds, & Trends
The moneyline odds available at the top betting sites favor the home side, but surprisingly, a price of -154 makes it a playable wager. For this reason, we aren’t overthinking our best bet. Despite Sociedad’s commendable 5-3 win last time out, they won’t have the luxury of unlimited goal-scoring under the daunting Bernabeu spotlights.
Madrid is unbeaten on home soil in 28 of their previous 31 home games in all competitions, and they’ve won 5 of their last 6 La Liga home fixtures. Both teams’ scoring has been common in Los Blancos fixtures – 4 in their previous 5 games – but it’s difficult to ignore the Spanish giants and their squad quality, as the chance of claiming another three points is high.
Score Prediction: Real Madrid 3 – Real Sociedad 1
- Real Madrid has won all four of their La Liga games this term.
- Real Sociedad has won just 1 of their 4 La Liga games this season.
Soccer Pick: Real Madrid ML (-154) at Bet365
Saturday, September 16, 2023 – 10:00 AM EDT at Old Trafford
A 3-1 beatdown at the hands of Arsenal sent Manchester United into the international break with their heads low, and the Red Devils have now conceded at least one goal in three consecutive domestic meetings this season.
It’s been a mixed bag of results to start the new campaign for Erik ten Hag’s men, who’ve lost two and won two games from the four games played thus far.
It doesn’t get any easier for the United faithful on Saturday, as they’re now faced with the highflying Seagulls – a team that has scored no less than three goals in the 3 wins they’ve collected from 4 games this term.
Besides West Ham, no team has come close to giving Brighton a real challenge in the opening four games. They’ll head to Old Trafford this weekend in a top-six table position, and with 12 goals scored from four EPL meetings, they’ll be rubbing their hands at a cagey United defense.
Premier League Matchday 5 Prediction, Odds, & Trends
The EPL betting odds have the home side as a favorite, but probabilities are low, with plus money on either side.
However, as United is undoubtedly a force on home soil – 8 consecutive EPL home wins – and no other team has scored more than Brighton (12) in the Premier League season so far, anticipating goals this weekend could be the key to simple profits.
With a combined 30 goals netted and conceded from Manchester United and Brighton so far, the over 3.5 goals market at plus-money suits us just fine.
Score Prediction: Man Utd 2 – Brighton 2
- 30 goals combined have been scored in Man Utd & Brighton’s initial four games this term.
- Over 3.5 goals have landed in all 4 of Brighton’s EPL fixtures this season.
- Over 3.5 goals have landed in Man Utd’s previous two EPL games.
Soccer Pick: Over 3.5 Goals (+105) at Caesars Sportsbook
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