We’re going for a hat-trick of Saturday winners on the BTTS market and are hoping that these six teams will land us a lovely 9/2 treble.
This weekend’s selections come from action in Austria, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for an afternoon across Europe’s minor leagues as we edge towards the start of the main action next month.
Slovacko V Dukla Prague. 4PM
It’s the opening weekend of action in the Czech Liga and we’re backing an exciting curtain raiser at the Mestsky fotbalovy stadion as Slovacko look for the perfect start against Dukla.
Svatoplak Habanec’s men had a pretty good season in front of goal last term, netting 43 times in their 30 matches. The hosts will be looking to veteran striker Libor Dosek continue his impressive form from last season and help fire them to an opening day win. They should be optimistic against a team they beat 5-1 in last year’s corresponding fixture.
Dukla might have been hammered on that occasion, but the visitors can be optimistic. They did score 34 goals last term and finished eight points above their opponents. Lubo Kozel will expect a good start form his troops.
The Czech Liga is a pretty high-scoring division. Expect fireworks in this opening day contest.
BTTS Yes @ 8/11
Kortrijk V Standard Liege. 5PM
It’s also matchday one in Belgium’s Pro League and Standard Liege will be desperate to kickstart their campaign with a win as they look to reclaim the title lost to Gent in 2014/15. However, Slavoljub Muslin’s men shouldn’t expect things all their own way at the Guldensporenstadion.
The visitors do boast some quality players and will take confidence from their 4-0 home win back in May. The fact they’ve also purchased Kortrijk’s 2014/15 top scorer should give Liege a real boost in confidence.
Nonetheless, Kortrijk do have goals in their team. They scored 66 goals from 40 matches last term and Johan Walen will be hoping to see a new hero emerge in Saturday’s season opener. French striker Teddy Chevalier scored 12 last term, can he be the main man in 2015/16?
The previous five head-to-head encounters on this pitch have ended in BTTS winners. We don’t expect that run to end here.
BTTS Yes @ 8/11
Rapid Vienna V SV Ried. 5:30PM
Our final selection comes from the Ernst-Happel Stadion in Vienna, as Rapid look to follow up their midweek Austrian Cup win with an opening day victory against SV Ried in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Last year’s runners-up scored an impressive 68 goals last season and started 2015/16 with five in last Friday’s cup game. However, they did concede to lower league opposition and should be wary against an away side that scored 49 last term.
As well as their promising return in 2014/15, Ried notched 15 in their cup clash last week, and the likes of Daniel Sikorski, Manu Gavilan, and Clemens Walch will all be eager to carry on their scoring form.
Nonetheless, we can’t see Zoran Barisic’s hosts failing to score. Back opening day drama in the Austrian capital.
BTTS Yes @ Evens
A £10 treble returns £57.20