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Road Teams Make Up European Weekend Longshot

RB Leipzig will be eager to return to winning ways this weekend in the German Bundesliga, Napoli travels to play Verona in one of the most anticipated games of the Serie A round, while Sevilla is overpriced on the road against struggling Rayo Vallecano in La Liga. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of markets and betting props for the top European soccer leagues.

Greuther Furth vs RB Leipzig

Angelino scored a late equalizer for RB Leipzig to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw at home to top-four direct opponents Freiburg last weekend, but they dropped to fifth place with Hoffenheim leapfrogging them in the Bundesliga standings. RB Leipzig enter this clash as huge favorites at -265 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.

RB Leipzig expected to return to winning ways
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While they dominated the ball in the first half, enjoying 65 percent of possession, Domenico Tedesco’s men struggled to break down a disciplined Freiburg side. The second half followed the same pattern with Leipzig making good headway until the edge of the Freiburg penalty area, at which point they seemed to run out of ideas. Their high-press took its toll in the last minute of the game when Angelino scored a superb goal from the edge of the box to save a point for his team.

This is the perfect match for Leipzig to return to winning ways as they travel to play bottom-placed Greuther Furth in what should be a comfortable away win. Leipzig has officially reached the quarterfinals of the Europa League after the exclusion of Spartak Moscow from Russia. It means that the visitors will have one full week at their disposal to prepare for this clash, which is crucial given their busy schedule till the end of the season.

They are unbeaten in their last seven games across all competitions, winning five and netting 20 goals in the process. They destroyed Furth in the reverse match, beating them 4-1 on home soil, and we expect them once again to cover the spread on Sunday. The hosts have the worst defense in the league with 64 goals conceded in 25 games. On top of that, they struggled against the top-six Bundesliga teams, losing all games home and away.

Pick: RB Leipzig -1½ at +100

Verona vs Napoli (Serie A Round 29)

To become a champion in any country, you need quality but you also need to be lucky with injuries. Napoli has quality but they suffered all season long with many important players injured or away on international duty. Luciano Spalletti’s Partenopei looked tired last weekend against AC Milan and never really showed anything near their best form.

They lost 1-0 with Olivier Giroud scoring the only goal of the match, but they also lost the leading spot with both Inter Milan and AC Milan leapfrogging them in the standings. Politano and Insigne didn’t do enough in the match and Napoli’s game was always about Victor Osimhen. It looks like the visitors are not used to success and have no Scudetto mentality.

With both AC Milan and Inter having tough games this weekend and with Napoli having no European commitments, they should enter this clash all guns blazing. Unfortunately for them and for their fans, this match should be very difficult so don’t even think about including Napoli in your soccer picks and parlays. Verona is still fighting for a European spot and their home performance has been top-notch all season. They scored 30 goals in 14 fixtures in front of their fans and we expect them to win at least one point on Sunday.

On top of that, they have a great record against Napoli, being unbeaten in their previous three mutual encounters and winning one. We expect an entertaining match with at least three goals on the scoresheet.

Pick: Over 2½ goals (-115)

Rayo Vallecano vs Sevilla

From hero to zero there’s not such a long distance. Two months ago, Rayo Vallecano was the surprise package of the season, sitting fourth in the Spanish top-flight league standing and having a perfect home record. Right now, they are 13th with 29 points, just five points above the danger zone. They lost their last six La Liga fixtures, failing to score in five of them.

On the other side, Sevilla is trailing leaders Real Madrid by eight points and they have the best defensive line in the league with just 18 goals allowed in 27 games. They are unbeaten in their last 18 matches in the domestic league, but they dropped two points last weekend, kept to a goalless draw by relegation-threatened Alaves. This is the perfect bounce-back spot for the visitors, who will be eager to maintain the pressure on the leaders. If you’re betting online, you should know that Sevilla played in the Europa League Round of 16,  beating West Ham 1-0 on Thursday. They have a short turnaround for Sunday, which why we get them at plus money against Rayo Vallecano.

Pick: Sevilla +125

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