And so the football continues, the climax of the European season nearing. In effect, punters are always looking for the safest bet options to get their stakes rewarded.
Indeed, there are no guaranteed options, nor pre-conceived results. And yet, there are relatively safe ones based on the consistency of previous results of certain teams.
The over 2.5 goals bet never seems to go out of fashion, even amid the newly available options. The fact that it does not depend on the full-time result makes it more lucrative.
And teams with supremely technical and tactical players as well as modern ideological coaches tend to score more goals. More often than not, these teams tend to take higher risks in offense leading to more goals scored.
Therefore, it is safe to say that some European teams are more suited to delivering over 2.5 goal margins for punters.
Here are four of them:
Pep Guardiola has chosen to prioritise the Premier League title, hence, fielding a largely changed team in the FA Cup semi-final. The stakes are- in effect- higher with seven matches to go.
And with Liverpool breathing down their necks at the top of the table, the Cityzens might need to win every match left to defend their title.
Even so, there will be a reluctance to be conservative seeing that their rivals have a better goal difference, one that could prove key in the end.
Without a recognised centre forward, the goals have come from every angle. They are very fluid in offense, the players constantly moving. Pep has prioritised control at the expense of directness. Of course, in recent weeks, Kevin de Bruyne has benefitted considerably well.
More than half of Manchester City’s matches in the league have finished with over 2.5 margins.
And yet, you reckon that in the remaining matches left to play, Pep’s men are most likely to deliver for punters.
When former coach, Julien Nagglesman opted to sign for Bayern Munich at the start of the season, Leipzig was predicted to have an average season.
However, Domenico Tedesco has continued from where he stopped; remaining competitive. They sit third on the table and have qualified for the semi-finals of the Europa League and DFB Pokal.
Christopher Nkunku has been unplayable this season, almost reborn. The French forward has contributed 49 goals this term- including 17 goals in the Bundesliga.
Three of their four remaining matches are against teams in the bottom half of the table.
Leipzig has recorded 18 over 2.5 results so far. It is therefore a very excellent option to back the Red Bulls to deliver as the season rounds off.
Rennes is certainly the revelation of the season in Ligue 1. Bruno Genesio since replacing Julien Stephan in March last year has turned around the fortunes of the club.
Known for their impressive youth setup, Les Rennais have kept up with their tradition. And even with young sensation, Eduardo Camavinga leaving for Real Madrid, other players have stepped up.
Martin Terrier is enjoying his best season as a professional having scored 19 league goals. Benjamin Bourigeaud has also contributed eight goals from midfield.
The football is free-flowing, quick and direct. The pressure out of possession is intense. Only PSG has scored more goals than this team.
Rennes has recorded 17 over 2.5 matches this term and with six matches remaining, they are almost certain to keep with the trend.
Interestingly, Barcelona would not have made this list in the first half of the season.
The La Liga giants struggled to score goals at the start, an implication of Lionel Messi’s movement to PSG. Antoine Griezmann had also joined Atletico Madrid on loan.
With the Catalonians in debt and unable to sign top-class players, they relied hugely on their inexperienced La Masia products.
However, the turn of the year witnessed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres. Pedri who was almost injured in the first half returned to fitness and Ousmane Dembele who seemed to be on his way has stayed. Xavi Hernandez was also appointed.
The impact has been a movement from ninth position when the former player joined to second now. They look almost sure to qualify for the Champions League. Aubameyang has scored eight goals in only 10 appearances and Dembele has assisted 11 times.
Seven out of 12 matches played by Barcelona since January have recorded over 2.5 goal margins. It is reliable to back the Spanish giants for the remaining matches of the season.