European Soccer Picks for the Weekend: Fight for the Top Spot in Germany Comes With Betting Value

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Leipzig’s Timo Werner (C) vies for the ball during the Bundesliga football match between 1 FC Union Berlin and RB Leipzig. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Read on for this week’s soccer betting previews from the top European leagues as we’ll provide you with the best soccer picks and odds from the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, and more.

Leeds United FC vs. Manchester United FC

Sunday, February 12, 2023 – 09:00 AM EST at Elland Road

Leeds United

Just five days from their previous meeting, Leeds United will welcome the Red Devils to Elland Road following a thrilling 2-2 encounter at Old Trafford.

A battle of the North will ensue this Sunday morning, and since Leeds’ return to the Premier League in 2020, every fixture between themselves and Manchester United has been a must-watch.

Leeds has struggled this term, and although Wednesday’s meeting was a well-deserved point on the board, they sit just two points above the relegation zone.

Manchester United

The Red Devils are third in the Premier League standings – three points ahead of Newcastle United. However, as the Magpies play on Saturday, this positioning could be surrendered and will put added pressure on Erik ten Hag’s men to claim maximum points.

United’s second-half efforts against Leeds this past Wednesday will need to be placed as an afterthought, but with 24 shots taken, they can undoubtedly convert another two or more to match this weekend.

Pick and Prediction

This North of England rivalry should present another frantic 90 minutes, and we expect goals, goals, goals. United are undefeated versus Leeds United in their previous 8 meetings, so expecting the visitors to rectify their second-half outing from Wednesday is a good viable prediction.

Manchester United have netted at least two goals in their previous six games in all competitions. In addition, they own an excellent record against Leeds United, and Wednesday’s meeting produced four goals.

Leeds United score an average of 1.92 goals in their competitive home fixtures, and we expect them to penetrate United’s defense at least once.

Soccer Pick: Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals (-110) at Bet365

RB Leipzig vs. 1. FC Union Berlin

Saturday, January 11, 2023 – 12:30 PM EST at Red Bull Arena

RB Leipzig

Marco Rose has guided RB Leipzig from rocky season beginnings to a place within the division’s top four, and title contention added to their memo.

Saturday’s matchday will see Leipzig clash with a fellow top-four team in Union Berlin. They’ll fancy their chances of leveling the points tally of their opponents following 12 undefeated domestic games.

Three points behind second-place Union Berlin and four points shy of league leaders Bayern Munich has been thanks to Leipzig’s emphatic form of late. They’ve netted at least two goals in 8 of their last 10 games and remain undefeated in 10 consecutive home games – winning eight games during that stretch.

Union Berlin

Even closer to Bayern in the Bundesliga standings, Union Berlin needs the German Champions to falter and claim one point to match the points tally of the league’s current leaders.

Despite winning back-to-back Bundesliga away games, Union Berlin’s overall form on the road hasn’t been pretty. Before the aforementioned road victories, they lost 4 of their last 5 meetings away from home.

Pick and Prediction

Two high-scoring teams vying for the German title should provide a compelling 90 minutes. Furthermore, both squads rarely struggle to find the net. The visitors have scored two goals in their most recent five victories, and Leipzig hasn’t lost at the Red Bull since April 2020.

Interestingly, Union Berlin was the last team to find success on Leipzig soil. But with recent away games providing less-than-desirable results, we’re not positive this result can be emulated.

Both teams’ scoring is almost a given, as both teams have found the net in 7 of Leipzig’s previous 8 games and 6 of Berlin’s last 7. And regarding the over 2.5, Leipzig has seen this number covered in 5 of their last 7, while Berlin fixtures have seen over 2.5 land in 7 of their last 8.

Soccer Pick: Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals (+110) at FanDuel

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