With La Liga kicking-off this weekend and campaigns underway in Germany and France, we bring you a tasty 11/1 treble to whet your appetite for the season ahead.
Real Madrid to win both halves v Real Betis @ evens
The Andalusian side are first up for Carlo Ancelotti’s new charges and with Los Blancos’ superstar squad strengthened over the summer – midfielders Isco and Asier Illarramendi were brought in for a combined £50m – take them to repeat the dose of last year’s home tie with Betis, where they were 1-0 up at half-time before sealing a 3-1 win after the break. Manchester United-target Mesut Ozil bagged a brace in that fixture and looks good value to score the first goal at the Bernabeu at 8/1.
Bayern Munich to beat Eintracht Frankfurt with a 2-goal handicap @ 6/4
After such a perfect season under Jupp Heynckes last time out, Bayern Munich have had to start all over again with Josep Guardiola in charge and a morale-boosting 3-1 opening day win over Borussia Monchengladbach will breed confidence in the new coach’s methods. The treble-winners had the better of both league meetings between these sides last season, in tight 1-0 and 2-0 encounters, but with Eintracht Frankfurt reeling after a 6-1 opening day reverse at Hertha Berlin, Bayern are taken to win this easily, with the 6/4 on Guardiola’s men overcoming a 2-goal handicap the best bet.
Montpellier Double chance against Monaco @ 7/5
The latest moneybags of French football, Monaco – who kicked off their campaign last week with a solid 2-0 win away to Bordeaux – could see their season plunged into chaos, with the future of new £51m forward Radamel Falcao being called into question after reports that the principality club would have to pay punitive fines for avoiding French taxes on player’s wages. Montpellier produced a great performance last weekend, when holding champions Paris Saint-Germain to a 0-0 draw and with Monaco’s financial arrangements sure to be a distraction, get on the double chance that Montpellier win or the match ending a draw at 7/5.