A huge question looms over Leipzig; how will they cope without the services of Timo Werner who has signed for Chelsea?
Hee-Chan Hwang has been brought in from RB Salzburg as a centre forward and he’s already scored for Leipzig in the DFB Pokal this season, but time will tell if he’ll make the transition from Austria’s top flight to Germany’s one.
The sides have met four times since Leipzig were promoted to the Bundesliga back in 2015/16 with the home side winning three and one ending in a draw. All four of those matches saw Over 2.5 Goals landing, indeed they all saw Over 3.5 Goals landing, three of which saw both teams to score occurring.
Leipzig averaged 2.24 goals per home match last season, while Mainz averaged 1.53 goals on their travels in the league. We reckon we’re looking at another goalfest at the Red Bull Arena on Sunday.
The market has been heavily favouring the home side since the odds opened and the Luis Suarez transfer could be back on after the Old Lady said goodbye to Gonzalo Higuain on Thursday night last.
Saurez was apparently in Italy taking an Italian exam to secure a passport. As an Italian citizen it would mean that Juventus won’t have to register him as a non-EU player, or they’ll just sell Aaron Ramsey instead, are we still allowed Brexit jokes?
Sampdoria have failed to score in three out of their five most recent visits to the Allianz Stadium and the home side conceded just 0.89 goals per home match last season.
Marseille might just have let that recent 0-1 win away to PSG go to their heads a bit as they lost 0-2 at home to St Etienne midweek, a match that saw the home side registered just two shots on target. Lille are one of Ligue 1’s remaining unbeaten teams with two wins and a draw under their belts since the league started.
The Stade Velodrome isn’t a happy hunting ground for Lille though, Marseille have won six out of the last 10 played there in the league – two have ended in a draw and the away side have won just two.
Three of the last five have seen Over 2.5 goals landing, while four out of five have seen both teams to score come up. Both teams are in decent scoring form since the league began and with that good BTTS record, we’re backing that to occur again.
La Liga Champions Real Madrid are quite obviously big favourites to win here. They’ve beaten Sociedad in seven out of 10 recent visits to the Reale Seguros Stadium. Both teams to score landed in six of those 10, and Over 2.5 Goals occurred in eight.
Sociedad should be good for at least one here with that record and averaged 1.74 goals per home league match last season.
We can see the champions getting their league campaign off to a cracking start here and the goals should flow.
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