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It might still be a couple of weeks before most of Europe’s top leagues are back in action but the action is already underway for many of the more minor leagues on the continent.
The Austrian Bundesliga, Belgian First Division A and Swiss Super League all kicked off last weekend and there’s plenty to sink your teeth into this weekend as well, with every game on Saturday from those three leagues covered below and the best bets rounded up into a juicy 19/1 accumulator!
Saturday’s 19/1 European accumulator
LASK vs Rapid Vienna
LASK to win at 21/20 – ⭐⭐
Last season’s fourth-place finishers LASK started the new campaign in perfect fashion with a 6-0 drubbing of Regionalliga side Marchfeld in the Austrian Cup before taking three points in a 1-0 win over Rheindorf Altach in their Bundesliga curtain raiser last weekend.
Visitors Rapid Vienna lost their opener at home to Hartberg and went crashing out of the Champions League qualifiers in midweek, failing to score on both occasions. They have lost four of their last five Bundesliga games and could be in for another disappointing day on Saturday.
Admira vs Austria Klagenfurt
Austria Klagenfurt double chance at 8/11 – ⭐⭐
Newly promoted Austria Klagenfurt got their first ever Bundesliga campaign off to a promising start as they took a point in a 1-1 draw against Wolfsberger and they should be in a position to add to their tally on Saturday.
Admira finished second from bottom in the top flight last term and have won just three of their last 17 league matches. The last two of these – including last weekend’s opener at Swarovski Tirol – have ended in 1-1 stalemates.
Hartberg vs Rheindorf Altach
Hartberg to win at 1/1 – ⭐⭐⭐
Rheindorf Altach’s start to the new season went from bad to worse as they followed a dismal cup exit to Regionalliga side Kalsdorf with a flat performance in their 1-0 loss to LASK in the Bundesliga last season. A third defeat in a row beckons as they visit a Hartberg side that showed promise in their opener.
The hosts clinched a hugely impressive 2-0 win at 2020/21 runners-up Rapid Vienna thanks to a brace from Dario Tadic and with three wins from their last four Bundesliga games – all of which were wins to nil – they can take another three points on Saturday.
Belgium First Division A
Sporting Charleroi vs Sint-Truiden
Sint-Truiden double chance at 4/5 – ⭐⭐
Charleroi and Sint-Truiden finished just four points apart last season and both started the new campaign with victories, but it was Sint-Truiden who impressed the most.
The visitors clinched a stunning 2-1 win over Gent and, looking back to last season, have now lost just two of their last six. Those defeats came against top four sides Genk and Anderlecht, while Charleroi’s admittedly excellent 3-0 win over Oostende ended a run of nine league games without a win. I expect a tight game but Sint-Truiden can get something and a fifth 1-1 draw in 11 outings for Charleroi could be on the cards.
RFC Seraing vs Mechelen
Over 2.5 goals at 8/11 – ⭐⭐⭐
Seraing’s first game back in the Belgian top flight since 1994 went exactly the way many expected as Kortijk claimed a 2-0 win over the underdogs and there is every chance that Mechelen can fire even more past the hosts on Saturday.
Mechelen produced a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Antwerp last weekend and last season’s eighth-place finishers are renowned for their high-scoring games. There were 108 goals scored across their 34 games last season and with each of their last 11 First Division outings going over the 2.5 goal line an entertaining win for the visitors is expected.
Cercle Brugge vs OH Leuven
Cercle Brugge to win at 23/20 – ⭐⭐
A late season upturn in form saw Cercle Brugge finish five points above relegation last term and they picked up where they left off at Beerschot last weekend. That 1-0 win made it four games unbeaten for the home side and they have won three league games on the trot on home soil. A fourth could be in the offing this weekend.
Leuven may have finished nine points and five positions better off than their hosts last term but it could have been a lot better but for a late-season collapse in form. They lost their last three league matches and failed to win their last five, and that disappointing spell continued last weekend with a draw at home to Zulte-Waragem. Cercle Brugge’s last home outing was a 3-0 win over Leuven and another win – albeit not as convincing – is my expectation on Saturday.
AS Eupen vs Anderlecht
Both teams to score at 7/10 – ⭐⭐⭐
It was a weekend of contrasting fortunes for these two sides as they opened their campaign last weekend, with underdogs Eupen picking up a point away to reigning champions Club Brugge while last season’s third-place finishers Anderlecht were stunned at home to the newly promoted Union Saint-Gilloise.
They shipped three goals to the relative minnows and in that continued a worrying trend of defensive underperformance. They still have threat going forward, though, and that’s resulted in six of their last seven games featuring goals at both ends. Eupen have seen both teams score in three of their last four and their draw with Club Brugge last weekend ended 2-2. I expect a similarly entertaining match and Eupen could well snatch the three points.
Switzerland Super League
Zurich vs Lausanne Sport
Over 2.5 goals at 13/20 – ⭐⭐⭐
Zurich endured a disappointing season last term but they look much better now than their eighth-place finish – just five points above the relegation playoff – last season suggests. They were good value for their 2-0 win over Lugano in their opener and should have the beating of Lausanne Sport on Saturday.
What we can expect is plenty of attacking play. There have been 23 goals scored in Lausanne’s last five Super League matches and with nine of Zurich’s last ten league games producing at least three goals I’m backing the overs here. I do expect Zurich to get the win, too, and a 3-1 scoreline appeals.
Young Boys vs Grasshopper
Young Boys over 2.5 team goals at 11/10 – ⭐⭐⭐
Swiss champions Young Boys cantered to their fourth consecutive Super League title last season by a monumental 31 points but the start of the new campaign almost got off to a rocky start as they found themselves 3-1 down at Luzern. Unfortunately for the hosts last weekend, Young Boys possess a wealth of attacking talent and in the end a 90th minute winner from Jordan Siebatcheu completed a stunning comeback as they won 4-3.
That hardly comes as a surprise, though. Young Boys have scored an incredible 13 goals in their last three league matches and followed that victory up with a 3-2 win over Slovan Bratislava in the Champions League qualifiers. Grasshopper, promoted back to the top flight this season, lost 2-0 at home to Basel and the last time they visited Young Boys they were demolished 6-1. Expect another thrashing from the dominant hosts.
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