Elite European Round-Up: 11/11/2018

Elite European Round-Up: 11/11/2018

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Elite European Round-Up

Barcelona vs Real Betis

Barcelona have coped just fine without Lionel Messi in recent weeks, going on to see out the game after he went off with a fracture in his arm against Sevilla, securing Champions League qualification by taking four points from Inter Milan, not to mention thrashing eternal rivals Real Madrid 5-1. Lionel Messi could reportedly for this game though. They can be backed at 11/10 with Skybet to win with both teams scoring. Visitors to the Camp Nou Real Betis have played wonderfully aesthetically pleasing football under coach Quique Setien and are performing well in the Europa League, but they’ve failed to pick up points regularly in La Liga, losing three and drawing one of their last four games. Luis Suarez has stepped up in the absence of Messi, with five goals in his last three games.

Recommended Bet: Luis Suarez to score two or more goals – 9/5 with William Hill – BET HERE

Celta Vigo v Real Madrid

Interim manager Santiago Solari has a 100% win record since taking over from the hapless Julen Lopetegui, with one win in each competition Madrid are competing in – the league, Champions League, and Copa del Rey. Last week’s win over Real Valladolid was far from convincing though, lucky not to concede and only taking the lead in the final ten minutes through a fortunate deflection, though the 5-0 win at Viktoria Plzen in midweek was their most convincing win in weeks. Karim Benzema looks sharp, having bagged a brace and score four in his last five appearances. Ladbrokes offer odds of 13/8 that Solari continues his winning run here. Balaidos won’t be an easy place to visit though; Celta Vigo have lost just one of their last seventeen league games at home, and put in spirited performances in recent weeks, including a breathless 3-3 draw at Real Betis and 4-0 thrashing of Eibar.

Recommended Bet: Karim Benzema to score anytime – 11/10 with Unibet – BET HERE

Excelsior vs Ajax

Ajax will be cursing their loss at PSV weeks ago, because they have otherwise kept a relentless pace with the league leaders in the Eredivisie, winning nine of the past ten games with an aggregate score of 29-0, keeping a clean sheet in all but the loss at Mark van Bommel’s side. Their young teams is looking seriously special, and the 1-1 draw at Benfica should stand them in good stead to qualify for the Champions League knockouts. Meanwhile, Excelsior are struggling, losing three of their last four games and sitting in midtable. Ajax are leaving most of the domestic competition in their wake and this should be no exception – Bet365 offer odds of 20/21 that they’ll win and keep a clean sheet, which they have done in nine of their last ten league matches.

Recommended Bet: Ajax to win and both teams not score – 20/21 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Roma vs Sampdoria

Each of Roma’s last four matches has returned fewer than three goals. Their defence remains strong, but their strikeforce is looking uncharacteristically blunt in domestic competition; Edin Dzeko has turned up in the Champions League, levelling Lionel Messi with five goals, but he only has two goals from ten league games. The pressure is building on Eusebio Di Francesco, after Roma dropped seven points in their last three games and are five points off city rivals Lazio and Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan in the top four. But Sampdoria gives them an opportunity to return to winning ways, and while they’re in midtable, they’re looking out of sorts having suffered back-to-back defeats, including a heavy 4-1 loss to Torino last week. Bet365 offer odds of 4/9 that Roma win here.

Recommended Bet: Under 2.5 goals – 11/8 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Livingston vs Celtic

Brendan Rodgers side are truly looking like themselves again and it’s starting to appear a formality once again that they’ll romp to another title, after the doubts caused by their early seasons wobbles. Perhaps the only question is whether they’ll be a hangover from the euphoria and raucous atmosphere from Thursday night’s win over RB Leipzig at Celtic Park. They have won their last seven games in domestic competition, keeping six clean sheets in the process, and their last two league matches by 5-0 scorelines, including title rivals Hearts last week. Livingston meanwhile have lost their last two matches 1-0 and after a good start are starting to dwindle in midtable. Another rout by Celtic can be backed at 15/4 with Bet365 – for them to win by four or more goals.

Recommended Bet: Celtic to win by four or more goals – 15/4 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Rangers vs Motherwell

The long flight back from Moscow will have given Steven Gerrard and his squad plenty of time for soul-searching after they let their lead over Spartak slip three times, losing 4-3 in a frenetic and open game, a result that leaves their hopes of making the knockouts hanging in the balance. Fortunately, they can put that behind them on their return to Ibrox, where they have picked up 13 points from five league games, to play mid table side Motherwell. To do so they’ll be looking to Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, who has seven goals in his last seven domestic games. However, Stephen Robinson’s side have a renewed vigour and go into the game off back-to-back wins with clean sheets in each – an upset can be backed at 15/2 with Betfred, for Motherwell to go to Ibrox and win.

Recommended Bet: Alfredo Morelos to score anytime at 11/10 with Bet365 – BET HERE

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