5 top European teams & Over 2.5 Goals returns
The European season may be on break for international matches but certain patterns have emerged and smart punters have begun to take advantage of this.
There have been goals all across the major leagues on the continent and these goals are being scored with almost reckless abandon.
Some of the big boys have shown the intent to plunder as many goals as possible as these may become very important in determining league winners come the end of the season.
Over 2.5 Goals in sports betting teams refers to a situation where two or more goals are scored in a football match. The identity of the teams which scores is irrelevant as all goals count towards fulfilling the bet conditions.
In the big 5 European leagues, certain teams which like playing on the front foot score a lot of goals in their matches. However, because these teams are always looking to score, they leave holes at the back which gives the opposition chances to score as well.
Here is a look at 5 top European sides (who will all feature in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League) and their prospects of delivering Over 2.5 returns for punters:
#5 RB Leipzig
The boys from East Germany have been building slowly ever since the club came into existence in 2010. Following the purchase of fifth-tier side, SSV Markranstädt, the club has gone from strength to strength.
Building on a philosophy of getting in the brightest young talent from around the world, the team currently led by Germany’s brightest young coach, Julian Nagelsmann has consistently been amongst the highest scoring side in every Bundesliga season they have participated in.
Last season in Germany’s top division, the Red Bulls scored 63 goals and conceded 29 in 34 games. This rounds out to an average of 2.7 goals in each game featuring the team from Leipzig.
With a fearsome attack featuring the like of Timo Werner, Youssef Poulsen, Marcel Sabitzer, Emile Forsberg and the marauding fullback talents of Lukas Klostermann and Marcus Halstenberg, goals have not been in short supply.
The side currently tops the Bundesliga table with 9 points from 3 games, scoring 9 times and conceding 2. This is an incredible 3.7 goals per game average. They are almost sure-bankers for winning on goal bets this season.
#4 Borussia Dortmund
Smart punters have been in love with BVB’s goalscoring (and conceding) exploits for a while. Playing a high-octane, pressing style involving lots of movement, passing and intricate exchanges, Lucien Favre’s men are almost always involved in high scoring matches.
In the Bundesliga last season, Dortmund scored 81 goals and conceded 44. This means that in just 34 league matches, the team averaged 3.7 goals per game (for and against).
This is a mind-blowing stat that has continued into this season as well. With just 3 games played, the goals column reads nine (9) for and five (5) against. This comes down to an average goal haul of 4.7 in games involving the Black and Yellow.
With attacking talents like Jadon Sancho, captain, Marco Reus, Julian Brandt, Paco Alcacer, Thorgan Hazard and width from the fullbacks, the chances of Dortmund delivering Over 2.5 returns for punters is extremely high.
#3 SSC Napoli
The revolution at Napoli which Maurizio Sarri started slowed down in Carlo Ancelotti’s first season in Naples.
Under the now-Juventus coach, the Gli Azzurri had earned a reputation for being one of Europe’s most aesthetically pleasing sides with fast passing, front press and a very fluid attack.
With 74 goals scored and 36 conceded in Serie A last season, games in which Napoli were involved averaged 2.9 goals.
The addition of Hirving Lozano and Fernando Llorente this season to a roster already including Arkaduziz Milik, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon is duty-bound to score goals, lots of it.
The defence is still trying to find its feet with the new guys; Kostas Manolas and Giovanni Di Lorenzo yet to come to grips with their roles in the side.
This has led to Napoli’s games this season being goal crazy with 7 scored and 7 conceded in just 2 Serie A matches so far. The average of 7 goals per ger game is certain to fall but it’s not expected to fall beyond the Over 3.5 point.
#2 Manchester City
Saying that Manchester City will score goals seems to be kind of a moot point. After all, this is a team that has in the last two seasons in which it has won the league, scored 201 Premier League goals in 76 Premier League matches.
It has carried this very scary form into the new season and is not expected to slow down. Kevin de Bruyne is fully fit now and has already clocked four assists. Benjamin Mendy is almost back from injury and the addition of Joao Cancelo means a lot of deadly balls from the flanks would be coming in.
This is bad news for opposing defenders who are going to have to cope with a barrage of attacks from all angles against Pep Guardiola’s swarm of Cityzens
Already, the team has delivered Over 3.5 goal margins in all its matches so far, a scary trend that is expected to continue long into the season.
#1 FC Barcelona
Goal-shy has never been an appellation anyone could use to describe Barcelona. A team featuring Lionel Messi and an amazing support cast of Luis Suarez, Antoine Greizmann, Ousmane Dembele, the attacking quality of full-backs Jordi Alba, Junior Firpo, Nelson Semedo and co. cannot find goals hard to come by.
In La Liga football last season, the eventual winners scored a whopping 90 goals and conceded 30 times in 38 matches, an average of 3.32 goals per game. In the UEFA Champions League, it was 36 goals in 12 games (26 goals scored and 10 goals conceded) avergaing 3 per match.
The 2019/2020 season is 3 games down in Spain and the team’s goal margins are as expected. 7 goals scored and 5 conceded in these 3 La Liga matches means an average of 4 goals per game.
With Messi and Suarez set to return to action after the international break, the Blaugrana can be expected to continue matching/exceeding the Over 2.5 mark.