Top European Soccer Leagues Best Bets: Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the Spotlight

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FC Barcelona's Spanish midfielder #06 Gavi celebrates after scoring on September 19, 2023. Josep LAGO / AFP.

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Soccer Pick: FC Barcelona -1½ (-118) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Soccer Pick: VfL Bochum +2½ (+100) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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We’ve studied the Spanish and German soccer betting markets and found the most noteworthy betting value from this weekend’s fixtures involving Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo, Bayern Munich vs. Vfl Bochum, and more.

Continue reading for this weekend’s top European soccer betting predictions from across the La Liga and Bundesliga schedule set to take place on September 23 & 24.

FC Barcelona vs. RC Celta de Vigo

Game Information

  • When: Saturday, September 23 - 12:30 PM EDT
  • Where: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
  • Win/Loss Record (Last 5): FC Barcelona D/W/W/W/W – RC Celta de Vigo L D/L/W/L

Stats, Odds, & Prediction

  • Barcelona has won 5 consecutive games in all competitions
  • Barcelona has netted 18 goals in their previous 5 games in all competitions.
  • Celta de Vigo has conceded 7 goals in their previous 5 La Liga meetings.

Game Analysis

Flying High: 10 Goals in Two Games

Following a shocking stalemate with Getafe during the La Liga opening weekend, Barcelona’s Spanish title defense looked rocky from the offset. However, the Catalan outfit hasn’t dropped a beat since and has now won five consecutive games in all competitions.

More impressively, Xavi’s squad has been relentless in front of goal. In their previous two games alone, Barca has netted 10, and with 13 La Liga goals combined, they’re the highest-scoring team in the division so far.

Lacklustre Beginnings

Celta de Vigo’s 2023/24 La Liga campaign has been underwhelming, to say the least. In their first four games, just four points have been collected. Rafael Benitez’s squad has struggled in front of goal, particularly on home soil, where they’ve failed to net a single goal.

With a road trip and Barcelona ahead, there isn’t a case to build in favor of Celta de Vigo, and with Barca firing on all cylinders, the Sky Blues could be in for a rude awakening on Saturday.

La Liga Matchday 6 Betting Odds & Predictions

Unsurprisingly, La Liga odds have unsurprisingly slapped a large price tag on the Barcelona moneyline. However, with ten goals scored in their previous two games and the best-attacking record in Spanish football, Xavi’s men will be too strong for Celta de Vigo to cover the -1½ point spread that shows much greater value than the ML.

Score Prediction: FC Barcelona 3 – RC Celta de Vigo 1

Soccer Pick: FC Barcelona -1½ (-118) at BetOnline [1.18u wager returns 1u of profit]

Bayern Munich vs. VfL Bochum

Game Information

  • When: Saturday, September 23 - 09:30 AM EDT
  • Where: Allianz Arena
  • Win/Loss Record (Last 5): Bayern Munich W/W/W/D – VfL Bochum L/D/D/D

Stats, Odds, & Prediction

  • Bochum has drawn three consecutive Bundesliga games.
  • Bochum held Borussia Dortmund to a 1-1 draw.
  • Bayern Munich returns from a midweek UCL game.

Game Analysis

Riding the Midweek Momentum

This weekend, we could witness a few tired legs from the Bayern Munich squad. Still, a seven-goal thriller with Manchester United in their Champions League opener resulted in victory, and confidence levels will assist the reigning Bundesliga champions in keeping their domestic record intact.

Bayern has won four and drawn one through four domestic fixtures this term. More importantly, they’ve succeeded in 3 of their last 4 meetings with Bochum while netting 21 goals during that stretch.

Capitalizing on Tired Legs

Unfortunately for Thomas Letsch, his managerial role at Vfl Bochum is already on the hot seat after four domestic outings, as his squad is one of six Bundesliga teams that haven’t won a game thus far.

The probability of Bochum snapping this horrid trend on Saturday is low, as they’ve won just 1 of their previous 17 meetings with the German Giants, and they haven’t taken three points from the Allianz Arena since 1991.

Bochum has won just 6 of their previous 36 Bundesliga road games since 2021, a concerning statistic, to say the least. However, capitalizing on Munich’s hard-fought UCL battle is possible, as they’ve managed to prevent a landslide victory in the Bundesliga since their opening weekend 5-0 defeat to Stuttgart.

They are now riding three straight tie games, including a 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund.

Bundesliga Matchday 5 Betting Odds & Predictions

The Bundesliga odds have placed Bayern Munich as a huge betting favorite, and the juice is too risky for a bettor's long-term ROI.

With a mere one loss at the Allianz Arena in 25 consecutive Bundesliga meetings, we expect Bayern to come out victorious. However, with a tight backline from Bochum presented in recent weeks and tired legs from the German champs, a +2½ point spread could be challenging for Thomas Tuchel’s men to achieve.

Score Prediction: Bayern Munich 3 - Vfl Bochum 1

Soccer Pick: Vfl Bochum +2½ (+100) at Heritage Sports [1u wager returns 1u of profit]

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