European Soccer Best Bets for The Weekend: EPL and Bundesliga Matchday 1 Predictions

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EPL and Bundesliga odds are now available as we are back with our favorite European expert advice and free soccer picks.

Read on for this weekend’s most favorable betting predictions, soccer analysis, and free betting advice across the top European leagues.

Newcastle United FC vs. Nottingham Forest FC

Saturday, August 06, 2022 – 10:00 AM EDT at St. James’ Park

Premier League Trends

  • Newcastle United are unbeaten in 9 of their last 10 EPL home games.
  • Nottingham Forest will make their EPL return following a 23-year wait.

Nottingham Forest Analysis

Nottingham Forest fans have endured more than two decades competing in the English Championship. Still, following a successful Playoff Championship last term, the East Midlands club will attempt to make a statement upon their return to the top flight.

Nobody anticipated such a revamp from Steve Cooper and the Forest bosses, but they'll arrive to the Premier League with eleven first-team additions to their roster. However, these signings have been a work in progress thus far, winning just 2 of their 7 pre-season games.

Purchasing too many players could've put a dampener on last season's Championship squad that fought tough and nail to gain promotion. In addition, you simply cannot buy players and expect them to instantly gel when competing in the most challenging soccer division on the planet.

Newcastle United Analysis

Newcastle United has undergone an evolution of its own. Still, manager Eddie Howe has been gifted with a billionaire's wallet at his disposal following the club's purchase from Saudi investors in late 2021.

Without the assistance of money and new signings, Howe led his squad to win 6 of their final 8 games in 2021/22. This was a much-needed boost after a disappointing start to the season.

Still, the road ahead will need to remain positive as the Magpies are expected to challenge for a European qualification spot this term.

Newcastle United: vs. Nottingham Forest: Betting Odds and Pick

The Premier League odds favor Newcastle in the continuation of the success they boasted towards the end of last season. This should be no surprise, given the experience and goal-stopping advancements the Magpies have made since signing goalkeeper Nick Pope and former Lille defender Sven Botman.

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Forest has undoubtedly prepared for their EPL return with a spending spree during the summer transfer window, and they're primed to cause an upset in the North-East on Saturday.

With that said, and with nothing but squad line-ups to assist us in Matchday 1 predictions, we must side with the more talented squad who's already an established Premier League side for our betting picks.

Score Prediction: Newcastle United 3 - Nottingham Forest 1

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FC Augsburg vs. SC Freiburg

Saturday, August 06, 2022 - 09:30 AM EDT at WWK Arena

Bundesliga Trends

  • Freiburg is unbeaten in 14 of their last 17 competitive games.
  • Augsburg’s last 4 games have all produced over 2.5 goals.

Teams Analysis

After a dramatic improvement to their Bundesliga competitive spirit last term, overachievers Freiburg will take another stab at shocking their division by competing for a top-of-the-table finish.

Confidence should be high for Freiburg's Matchday 1 opening fixture as they'll be facing an Augsburg team who finished eight league positions above in 2021/22 and defeated twice in their domestic meetings.

A DFB-Pokal final loss to RB Leipzig did end Freiburg's season in disappointment. Still, the ambitious guidance of manager Christian Streich saw the Black Forest achieve the most successful season in the club's history.

Streich saw his squad remain undefeated during their pre-season outings, defeating French side Rennes and Spanish outfit Rayo Vallecano in the process. These victories have already proved that Freiburg are prepared to deliver another joyous season, and it's difficult to ignore their chances of success on Saturday morning.

Augsburg vs. Freiburg: Betting Odds and Pick

The Bundesliga odds – to no surprise – are in favor of the away side Freiburg. To make matters worse for Augsburg, they've been hit with a bout of injuries to begin their 2022/23 campaign.

Following consecutive victories over Augsburg last term, taking a shot on the Freiburg moneyline – at plus money – is a no-brainer.

Score Prediction: Augsburg 1 - Freiburg 2

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