After a two-week break to accommodate international football, it’s time to get back to regular European football with another Saturday-only BTTS treble. Good luck and only ever bet what you can afford to lose.
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Hertha Berlin v VFB Stuttgart – 14:30
A team that lacked offensive imagination and flirted with relegation 2014/15, Stuttgart looked improved going forward in pre-season, even defeating Manchester City 4-2, but Alexander Zorniger’s men have lost 3/3 in 2015/16 Bundesliga action and lie second from bottom in the standings.
Thankfully, Stuttgart have a 100%, 3/3 BTTS Yes record in those games, so whilst both teams have only scored in two out of Hertha’s three Bundesliga games played this season, if there’s any team that stat can improve against in Germany’s top-flight it’s surely Stuttgart.
BTTS Yes @ 8/13 with Betfred
Eintracht Frankfurt v FC Koln – 17:30
Currently placed eighth in the Bundesliga standings with a loss, draw and win from three games played, Eintracht Frankfurt like to play counter-attacking football. Last time out they won 3-1 away to Stuttgart to maintain a perfect 3/3, 100% seasonal BTTS Yes record.
Fourth-placed Koln also defeated Stuttgart 3-1 away, but in their opening league game of the season, beating Hamburg 2-1 in their most recent fixture. Notably, Koln also have a 100%, 3/3 BTTS Yes record in 2015/16.
It has to be mentioned that like their hosts, Koln play a counter-attacking game and that could make for a cagey contest, but when two perfect BTTS records match up in Europe on a Saturday, we’ve just got to add them to the acca.
BTTS Yes @ 4/6 with Betfred
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona – 19:30
After their Spanish Super Cup loss at the hands of Athletic Bilbao, Barca defeated the same Basque team 1-0 in game one of their 2015/16 La Liga season and could only beat Malaga 1-0 in game two.
The fact that the Catalan side only narrowly defeated Malaga was not a shock if you know your stuff in Spain’s top-flight, but we can’t ignore that Enrique’s boys haven’t looked anywhere near their best since dropping a 4-1 lead to draw 4-4 with Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.
Atletico weren’t at their best in game one, narrowly scraping past newly promoted Las Palmas via a deflected Griezmann free-kick, but their collective confidence will have received a boost after winning 3-0 away to Sevilla in game two.
As such, with Barca leaking goals to anybody half decent in pre-season and Pique still suspended, you have to fancy an Atleti team that specialises in set-pieces to be able to score against Barca on Saturday.
The real worry is that Barca mightn’t score, but whilst a cagey, nobody wants to lose contest isn’t out of the question, Messi, Neymar and Suarez only have so many off-days between them and Barca have won four in a row against Atleti, and really had the measure of them last season. So if they play from memory we stand a very good chance of a first league BTTS game for each team.
BTTS Yes @ 10/11 with Betfred
A £10 treble potentially returns £51.40 with Betfred