Editor’s Note: The Tottenham vs. Arsenal match was postponed due to COVID protocols in the Gunners squad.
We were so very close to cashing last weekend as Verona failed to come through and let us all down, but we are back for some revenge this week and we have one play across the top four leagues in Europe.
FC Cologne vs. Bayern Munich
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 09:30 AM EST at RheinEnergieSTADION
Although Koln are sitting in 6th place and just three points off the third position, their opponents here (Bayern Munich) are running away with the league (yet again) as they are sitting in 1st place and already 15 points ahead of Koln, and we would imagine that will probably be closer to 30 come the end of the season.
Munich lost their last outing 2-1 to Borussia Monchengladbach, and they usually come out with a bang after suffering a loss. The one concern is the fact they have multiple starting players missing.
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Munich are weakened enough for us to believe Koln can score on them, whilst Munich most likely bags at least two. The "Both Teams to Score" (BTTS) option has better odds but we are going to play it a little safer and go with over 2.5 goals in this one.
Combined, these two teams have seen the 2.5 goals total go over 26 times and under it the other 10, including Munich going 9-1 to the over away from home.
Bundesliga Pick: Over 2.5 Goals (-333) at BetOnline
Salernitana vs. Lazio
Saturday, January 15, 2022 - 12:00 PM EST at Stadio Arechi
Although the road team here has a poor record on the road, with just 11 points picked up from a possible 33, the home team have an even worse one on their own pitch, as they've picked up just four points from a possible 27, and scoring just five times, the lowest at home in the Italian Serie A.
Salernitana picked up a rare win last time out against Verona. In fact, it was their first win against any team inside the top 15 all season.
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We believe they will be knocked right back down to earth by a Lazio team who are looking to stop their current losing streak after suffering a 2-1 loss to league leaders Inter Milan in their last game.
Take Lazio to come away from Salerno with all three points.
Serie A Pick: Lazio to Win ML (-200) at BetOnline
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal
Sunday, January 16, 2022 - 11:30 AM EST at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The North London derby takes place this weekend in the Premier League and this is set to be a humdinger of a match between these fierce rivals. The Gunners sit in 4th place on 35 points, and rumors are they might have landed the "Serbian Giant", Dusan Vlahovic, which would be a real statement of intent from the owners as they are backing Mikel Arteta and his project.
Tottenham are under new coach Antonio Conte and two points behind Arsenal but have two games in hand, so essentially this is a can't-lose fixture, at the very least, for Arsenal. In terms of the bet here, we are loving the EPL odds on over 1.5 cards each.
The referee here hands out on average 4.22 cards per game, which is the third most from all the referees who took charge of nine games or more.
Although this bet has only cashed in six of the last 10 meetings, we believe there is a lot on the line in this fixture and this Tottenham team under Conte has been picking up a lot more cards.
Premier League Pick: Over 1.5 Cards Each (-115) at BetOnline
Elche CF vs. Villarreal CF
Sunday, January 16, 2022 - 08:00 AM EST at Estadio Martínez Valero
Just like the Lazio angle, we love the fact that the underdogs here are on a two-game winning streak after beating Espanyol 2-1 in the league and Almeria 2-1 in the cup. Meanwhile, our road favorites have been on fire at home this season, but on the road have suffered a bit.
They picked up 21 of their 29 points this season at home, but they are on a two-game winless streak, including a disappointing 2-1 to Gijon in the cup.
Villarreal will be out to win this one at all costs, we like their La Liga odds to win here, Elche should prove to be difficult so we don’t expect this to be an easy viewing if you back Villarreal, it could be a 1-0, 2-1 last-minute penalty sort of game. We will take our chances on Gerard Moreno and co.
La Liga Pick: Villarreal to Win ML (-115) at BetOnline
- Bundesliga Pick: Cologne/Bayern Munich Over 2.5 Goals (-333)
- Serie A Pick: Lazio to Win ML (-200)
- Premier League Pick: Tottenham/Arsenal Over 1.5 Cards Each (-115)
- La Liga Pick: Villarreal to Win ML (-115)
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