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With some midweek action in the European qualifying play-offs, and domestically in Germany and Spain, we bring you a Wednesday treat in the form of some alternative betting exchange advice.
- Club Brugge v Man Utd – Wednesday 26th August (Champion’s League Qualifying Play-Offs)
Whilst United have been unable to get into top gear in the Premier League so far, they dealt with Brugge without too many problems in the first leg. Moreover, United have got stronger whilst Brugge will be weakened this time around by the absence of Brandon Mechele. He was sent off in the reverse fixture, and Brugge’s injury list remains extensive. For Van Gaal, Schweinsteiger is likely to come in for Carrick, whilst Fellaini is also expected to replace Januzaj.
Depay got off the mark for the club in the first leg too, and will be looking for a repeat performance, whilst Wayne Rooney will be desperate to open his account for the season. Expect United’s 1.91 odds to fall to around 1.8. Despite Brugge’s injury list the draw odds seem high (3.8), with Romero yet to convince his doubters in the United goal and Brugge in front of a home crowd, this could well drop slightly to 3.7.
- Wolfsburg v Schalke – Friday 28th August (Bundesliga)
Wolfsburg are heavy favourites going into this one despite Schalke being above them in the table, and both teams having acquired four points from two games. Schalke will however be disappointed to have only picked up a point against newly promoted Darmstadt.
The ongoing transfer saga surrounding Wolfsburg star man Kevin De Bruyne seems never ending, and with Man City said to be ‘finalising a deal’ for the midfielder, this could negatively affect the whole Wolfsburg camp. Should he leave before Friday, a scenario which is entirely possible, expect Schalke’s odds for the win to drop from 4.0 to around 3.8.
Schalke meanwhile have been given a lift due to the latest reports which state that Juventus have dropped out of the race to sign Julian Draxler, with the clubs unable to agree on a valuation. The midfielder’s record for the club belies his 21 years; he’s played 157 times and scored 29 goals.
Interviewed after the Darmstadt game, Draxler was somewhat ambiguous on his future, stating: “My future? I am not the one to talk to, so you’ll have to ask my club. I can only say that for now I am a Schalke player and I’m happy about that.” Whilst not fully committal, this seems to show he has his head screwed on, and will continue to perform for his club, whoever that may be. That’ll be sure to give his teammates a big lift to boot. The draw to fall from 3.95 to 3.8 has some potential.
- Villarreal v Espanyol – Friday 28th August (La Liga)
With La Liga only one game in, we haven’t had much of a chance to evaluate each team to predict the season ahead. One thing Villarreal fans can be pleased about however, is Roberto Soldado’s successful La Liga return. The Spurs flop scored on his debut, in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw with Real Betis. Soldado knows this league inside out having made it through the Real Madrid academy, and performed for Osasuna, Getafe and, most famously, Valencia.
Villarreal’s opponents this week, Espanyol, opened their 2015/16 season account by beating Getafe 1-0. A hard fought victory in which the goal came direct from a Salva Sevilla free-kick, with boss Sergio Gonzalez praising his side for competing ‘like animals.’ After a showing of such tenacity, and Villarreal’s goal being gifted to them by the Betis defence, it’s a surprise that Espanyol’s odds to win are as high as 8.0. These should fall to around 7.8.
Moreover, with the next league match in Espanyol’s calendar against Real Madrid, Gonzalez will be pushing his players for a result here. Villarreal’s odds for the win to rise from 1.57 to 1.75.