The big kick-off England is still a couple of weeks away, which means another Saturday of watching your other half try on the same outfit about 30 times before realising it’s not the right one. But at least bashing the bookie will brighten your spirits. Let’s hope our 19/5 treble can do that.
Our Saturday selections come from the European leagues that are starting in July. And we’ll be looking for all six of the following sides to find the target to land our first winning treble of 2016/17.
Jagiellonia Bailystok V Ruch Chorzow. 5PM
Poland’s Ekstaklasa actually started last week, and both Jagiellonia and Ruch Chorzow were involved in BTTS winners. We have no reason to think their respective records won’t continue in Saturday’s showdown at
Neither side were massive scorers last term. Nevertheless, both Jagiellonia’s home record and Chorzow’s away record boasted over one goal per game at both ends of the pitch. Meanwhile, last sesaon’s corresponding fixture was a BTTS winner as the hosts scored a 2-1 victory.
The visitors will be extremely confident, though, especially as strike duo Jakub Arak and Mariusz Stepinski are up and running for the campaign. Moreover, their opening day win over Gornik will inspire confidence too.
Having said that, home advantage and three head-to-head wins over Chorzow should give the hope side ample reason for optimism too. We wouldn’t like to predict the outcome, but do think both teams will find the target at some stage.
BTTS Yes @ 17/20 with BetVictor
Mattersburg V FC Trenkwalder Admira. 5:30PM
Ivica Vastic’s Mattersburg kickstarted their campaign with a 7-0 demolition against regional side Rudersdorf and will be looking to bring that confidence into their first Austrian Bundesliga fixture on Saturday. But even if they do score, they can expect an immensely difficult contest against Admira.
The visitors should be in good shape having already started their campaign with Europa League matches, along with their own 4-1 domestic cup win last weekend, so they should be in buoyant mood. Given that they’ve scored seven goals in their last two visits to the Pappelstadion, an away goal looks extremely likely.
However, the visitors could be tired after their midweek European exploits, which could leave the door open for the hosts to pounce. Markus Pink is probably the most likely source of goals for Mattersburg, but they do have others that are more than capable.
The first game of the season is always hard to predict, but both teams can enter this one with confidence. Let’s hope that transpires to goals.
BTTS Yes @ 13/20 with BetVictor
St Gallen V Young Boys. 7PM
Another season in Switzerland’s top tier is likely to see Young Boys finish behind rivals Basel, but Adi Hutter’s men will be starting the new campaign full of fresh hope. Getting their season off to a flyer with three points at Kybunpark would be great. However, last year’s runners-up shouldn’t expect things all their own way against a capable St Gallen.
The hosts finished just four points above rock bottom last term, but they did register a home record of seven wins, four draws and seven defeats. They additionally scored 25 times in the process, including two against their 2016-17 opening day opponents. With Daniel Aleksic leading the line, they can at least be confident.
Despite conceding twice in March’s trip, Young Boys still picked up the win here last year and will be looking to the experienced Guillaume Hoarau for further inspiration in the crucial Swiss Super League showdown.
In truth, the visitors will be largely expected to pick up the win. However, they might need several goals to do so. Back both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 4/7 with BetVictor
A £10 treble returns £47.90 with BetVictor