Five European football tips: Atletico to beat Valencia to nil while Hart collects clean sheet
Robbie Purves | September 30, 2016
European football returns for the final wave of games before the international break, including some eye catching fixtures such as Valencia v Atletico Madrid.
A number of crunch clashes across the continent are on our TV screens this weekend, so Coral have provided five European football tips…
Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund: Aubameyang to score last
Kick-off: Saturday, October 1st, 17:30 BST, live on BT Sport 3
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a brilliant recent record in this fixture, after scoring last in the side’s previews two encounters – with Coral having the Gabon hitman a generous 7/2 to score the final goal here again.
Dortmund’s marksman is Bundesliga’s joint top scorer with Robert Lewandowski and netted a huge 39 in all competitions last term, and already has seven in eight so far this season.
Thomas Tuchel’s attacking outfit have scored three or more goals four times this campaign and boast an impressive forward line that Leverkusen may struggle to handle.
Vitoria Guimaraes v Sporting CP: Sporting to score three or more
Kick-off: Saturday, October 1st, 18:15 BST, live on BT Sport Extra 2
Since his £8.5m move from German side Wolfsburg, Bas Dost has impressed and improved the form that saw him net just under one every three games last season.
Dost has four goals in just three league games and is coming off bagging a brace against Estoril Praia, combine this with the fact Sporting possess the best attacking record in the league and Vitoria Guimaraes having the third worst home defensive record in Portugal’s top-flight – and 13/5 on Jorge Jesus’ men netting three or more looks worth a punt.
Vitoria have also only won once in 19 outings against Sporting.
Valencia v Atletico Madrid: Atleti to win to nil
Kick-off: Sunday, October 2nd, 11:00 BST, live on Sky Sports 5
Four out of Atleti’s last six wins against the Mestalla outfit have come to nil and this encounter has the makings of another Diego Simeone clean sheet masterclasss.
In each of the 2014 La Liga champions’ wins this season, they haven’t conceded a goal and have only let in two so far this term.
Compare this with the blunt attack and porous defence of Valencia, who have the worst home defensive record in the league, and you have recipe for an Atleti win to nil at 21/10 over Cesare Prandelli’s new side.
Torino v Fiorentina: Hart to record clean sheet
Kick-off: Sunday, October 2nd, 17:00 BST, live on BT Sport 1
After a rocky start, Joe Hart has grown in confidence and has two clean sheets in his last three games.
Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, has recently hailed Hart’s “charisma” and the effect he has had on his defence.
The Turin side’s opponents Fiorentina haven’t exactly had a stellar start to their Serie A campaign, with just eight points from a possible 15.
Paulo Sousa’s Violets possess one of the worst attacking records in the division, while Torino have one of the best defensive backlines.
Hart is a generous 15/8 to register a clean sheet this weekend.
Roma v Inter Milan: Both teams to score in home win
Kick-off: Sunday, October 2nd, 19:45 BST, live on BT Sport 3
In four of Roma’s last five wins over Inter, the San Siro side have managed to get on the scoresheet and are 13/5 to do so again in a Luciano Spalletti triumph.
The Italian capital giants have won their last three home games and look finally to be finding their feet after a 4-0 triumph in the Europa League.
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