European soccer weekend betting preview: Best bets across the continent

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With each passing week, we are graced with more football as leagues across Europe return from hiatus.

The Bundesliga resumed last weekend – you can find the betting preview for Germany’s top flight here – and a few more leagues make their triumphant return this weekend, giving us plenty of options to chose from on the betting front.

Of course, as more leagues make their way back, it can be overwhelming to comb through all the fixtures in search of the best bets, so I took care of that for you. Here are the best bets for this weekend’s matches across Europe.

Armenia

Lori (+275) at Shirak (-120), Draw (+250)

Don’t expect many goals when these sides meet on Saturday. Shirak have conceded just seven in eight home matches this season, while Lori have scored just five and conceded nine in their eight away from home. The last two meetings between these sides at Gyumri City Stadium produced a total of two goals, and a similarly low output should be expected here.

Pick: Under 2, 2.5 (-105)

Noah (+100) at Alashkert (+100), Draw (+230)

Noah are just 2-2-4 away from home this season, with those two wins and two draws coming against the bottom four clubs in the standings. They’re 0-4 against clubs ahead of them in the table, as Alashkert are. The home side has been really strong on its grounds this campaign. Look for Alashkert to make it five successive home wins over Noah on Sunday.

Pick: Alashkert (+100)

Belarus

Rukh Brest (+200) at Slutsk (+140), Draw (+220)

Rukh Brest are at their best when they can sit back and defend without having to force the issue themselves. They will be able to do just that in this spot, with the onus on Slutsk to attack as the visitors let the game come to them. Rukh Brest will make it incredibly difficult on the hosts to break them down, as they have done on a consistent basis this season, conceding just three goals in their five away matches.

Pick: Under 2, 2.5 (-110)

Estonia

FC Flora Tallinn (-154) at JK Trans Narva (+350), Draw (+300)

Trans will welcome the defending champions to town on Sunday, and you should expect them to park the bus for 90 minutes. The home side will hope to sit back and grind out a result against a Flora team that conceded just 10 goals in 18 away matches last term. Flora’s attack sputtered last weekend during a 0-0 draw in their first game back, and while they picked up where they left off on the defensive side, it will take time for them to find their rhythm on the front foot.

The last four meetings between these sides have produced a total of four goals, and we won’t see more than one or two on Sunday.

Pick: Under 3 (+110)

Faroe Islands

Skala IF (+2300) at B36 Torshavn (-1250), Draw (+950)

I’m all-in on the under here. Goals were incredibly scarce when Skala were on the road last season, as they allowed just 13 in 13 matches while scoring 17, with six of those 17 coming against the last-place club.

Don’t expect them to score many here against B36, who, excluding matches against the first-place team, allowed just nine goals in 12 home matches last season. The last two meetings between these sides in Torshavn last season each ended in 1-0 victories for B36, with another tense affair in the cards Saturday.

Pick: Under 3.5 (-115)

Hungary

Debrecen (+650) at Ferencvarosi (-260), Draw (+380)

Expect proceedings to be a bit stale in the first game back following the hiatus in Hungary’s top flight, as both attacks will require some time to round into form. Ferencvarosi have kept five straight clean sheets at home, and nine in 12 league matches on home soil this term. They’ll hold Debrecen in check here and grind out a timid encounter.

Pick: Under 3 (-125)

Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for BetaSoccer. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter @alexjmoretto.

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