The 2021/22 European football season is almost rounding off. The matches are coming in thick and fast- almost one every three days. For football lovers, the fun and excitement continue. For punters, it is peak period for staking and getting rewarded.
Some patterns have emerged across the top five leagues in Europe and many are taking advantage.
For most fans, the aim of watching a football match is to win by outscoring the opponent- the more the merrier.
And yet, betting takes into consideration that some matches may be keenly contested and goals coming at a premium.
An under 3.5 goals bet would now come in handy. Of course, that essentially means that the total number of goals scored in a match will be less than four.
For teams that play primarily with a defensive low-block, prioritising clean sheets and limiting the number of shots faced, an under 3.5 result is mostly recorded.
Here are four top European sides and their prospects of delivering under 3.5 returns for punters.
The appointment of Bruno Lage this season has seen a strict shift in the style of play of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Under Nuno Espirito Santo last season, the team was largely expressive, expansive and free-flowing. Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore combined to devastating effects.
However, they have been hugely pragmatic- looking to contain the opponent and breaking with precision. Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves have been key with their quick passing, leading to quicker transitions.
A quick analysis shows that Lage’s men have scored the fewest number of goals for teams in the top 10 this season. And yet, they have the fourth best defence, only bettered by the top three teams.
This is a far cry from the 52 goals they conceded under Espirito Santo last term.
In 32 matches played this season in the Premier League, Wolves have recorded 28 under 3.5 margins. They are almost sure to deliver for the remaining matches of the season.
Perhaps owing to the club’s transfer principles of signing players born in the Basque region, they have struggled for goals.
While Inaki Williams has remained injury-free, breaking the record for consecutive La Liga appearances, he has been profligate.
However, the new coach, Marcelino has found a way to deliver key results by ensuring an air-tight defence.
Marcelino’s men sit comfortably in eighth position. Only Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla have conceded fewer goals.
24 out of 31 matches played by Athletic Club have recorded less than four goals. Hence, this side holds high chances of delivering under 3.5 returns for punters.
Torino do not score many goals, nor do they concede. If you take out the top four teams: AC Milan, Inter, Napoli and Juventus, Ivan Juric’s men have the best defence in Serie A.
In truth, a reason for their goal shortage has been the absence of forward, Andrea Belotti. The Italian international has managed just 17 appearances in an injury-laden campaign, scoring five goals.
Juric has stuck to his three centre backs, with Wilfried Singo and Mergim Vojvoda marauding the wings. At times, Ricardo Rodriguez makes the lineup.
Toro have not conceded more than two goals in any match this season. In fact, they have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five matches played.
This is almost a sure-banker team to deliver under 3.5 returns for smart punters.
Nice seems to be overachieving this season, sitting in fifth place, five points behind Rennes in third place.
And it is fair to say that plenty of the credit must go to Christophe Galtier. The French manager won the title with Lille last season before moving across.
Les Aiglons have been the most solid defensive side in Ligue 1 having conceded the fewest goals. Jean-Clair Todibo and Dante have remained rock solid for most of the campaign.
Interestingly, PSG with its array of attacking talents has been unable to score against them this term. They have faced the Parisians three times already.
Galtier’s men even without being in form in recent weeks have not lost scandalously. Only in two matches have they recorded more than three goals scored.
This is such a profitable team to stake on when considering teams with prospects of delivering under 3.5 returns.