This Weekend in Soccer from Carmine Bianco: Middlesbrough at Everton

Each week I’ll have a preview of a few of the weekends games along with a prediction or two and some prop wagering recommendations such as BTTS (both teams to score) and WCS (Win clean sheet).  We’ll cover some games played in the EPL (England) Serie A (Italy) Bundesliga (Germany) La Liga (Spain) Ligue 1 (France) and Eredivisie (Holland).  With the top domestic leagues now underway we’ll have 50 plus games each weekend to enjoy and I’ll preview 3 to 5 each weekend here and of course will offer up weekend cards at of the best 4-5 wagering games that weekend. Let’s look at a few of this weekend’s matches.


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EPL (Saturday September 17th)

Middlesbrough at Everton 

Everton are off to a dream start this season with three wins and a draw from their first four matches and will meet a newly promoted Middlesbrough (1W 2D 1L) at Goodison Park on Saturday and Boro haven’t won there in 16 years. Last week I thought they’d have difficulties with Crystal Palace and tipped CP at +249 on twitter and I’m expecting much of the same this week as a solid Everton backline and midfield may prove difficult for the visitors to gain any substantial possession and with Everton’s star striker Lakaku finally getting on the scoresheet last week he should carry that into Saturday afternoons match and we should see some scoring from the home side. The prediction here is to take the Everton team total Over 1 ½ -114

Bundesliga (Saturday September 10th)

Wolfsburg at Hoffenheim

Wolfsburg have started the season with a win and draw and will visit a Hoffenheim side that have a couple draws to start the year including a come from behind 4-4 draw last week in which a Mainz red card helped fuel that 3 goal comeback. As exciting as that draw may have been I believe we’ll see a little regression on Saturday for a side that barely survived relegation last season and for Wolfsburg to make it 2 wins on the road to start the season. The prediction is Wolfsburg on the moneyline at +135.

Serie A (Sunday September 11th)

Empoli at Torino

Both sides come into Saturday’s match with a win and two defeats in their first three league matches this season.  Empoli’s away form last season was anything but good and their first away feature this season (a 2-0 loss to Udinese) was much of the same with defensive miscues and the scoreline could have been much worse. Torino have played well on home soil and looked impressive in their home opener (a 5-1 win over Bologna). We’ll get to see Joe Hart make his home debut on Sunday after his transfer from Manchester City and likely a home win. The Prediction is Torino -½ -118.

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