King's Picks for the UEFA European League TiesPublished on August 18th, 2011
Tonight is the bookies paradise with 38 UEFA European league ties scheduled to be played across Europe. Here are some of the King’s top-picks for tonight which could help you earn an extra buck at the betting offices across the world.
Nordsjaeland (Norway) : Sporting CP (Portugal) 1 x 2
6,0 3,88 1,75
These two teams met last year in the same competition and both ties were won by Sporting, albeit by one goal difference both home and away. The value of the Portuguese side is estimated at around 110 million Euros, where as the Danes are valued at only the tenth of their Portuguese counterpart. This one should be a no brainer, but Danish teams have given trouble to the Portuguese in the past and this one should not be any different. Expect very defensive play from Nordsjaeland, but also a win from Sporting with perhaps only one goal in the net tonight.
King’s prediction : 0:1 to Sporting!
Standard Liege (Belgium) : Helsingborg (Sweden) 1 x 2
1,91 3,67 5,00
On paper Standard Liege should be a grand favorite in this tie. Their team is valued at close to 40 million Euro, while Helsingborg’ value is estimated at 11 million. Still, Standard has yet to hit their true form while only winning one of their last five matches and exiting from the Champions league at the hands of the Swiss side Zurich. Helsingborg on the other hand is on a roll with four consecutive wins and a lead in their national championship. Not only that, but they are scoring a lot of goals and although they seem to like their home field better, one should expect them to trouble Standard tonight and at least score a goal through their young striker Rasmus Jonsson.
King’s pick: Standard wins, but Helsingborg scores at least a goal
Heart of Midlothian (Scotland) : Tottenham (England) 1 x 2
6,75 4,02 1,70
There isn’t much to say about this game other than to look for Tottenham to try and finish this tie in Scotland already on Thursday night. The quality difference among the two teams is such that, even tough Luka Modric will not be playing in the expectation of his move to Chelsea, Tottenham should be too large of a bite for Hearts to swallow. Tottenham is by far the most valuable team in this round of competition and anything short of a victory will be a true shocker. Tynecastle will be full to capacity tonight, but the English side is used to that kind of pressure.
King’s pick: Tottenham wins!
Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) : Stade Rennes (France) 1 x 2
2,62 3,30 2,95
This is the one with high stakes across the board. Both teams are playing great football with Red Star trashing Ventspils in the previous round 7:0 and Rennes dumping Georgia’s Metalurgi 7:2 on aggregate to set up the tie between these two teams. Red Star’s coach, the celebrated soccer star, Robert Prosinecki has made a promise to Serbian fans that the his team will play pretty soccer and so far that has been the case, while the Rennes have had strong start to their 2011/12 campaign, both domestically and in Europe. Rennes is around 50 million Euros more valued than Red Star, but the Belgrade team has been known be a difficult home team.
King picks: Red Star to win with both teams scoring tonight
Metalist (Ukraine) : Sochaux (France) 1 x 2
2,10 3,40 4,47
Bookies like Metalist in this tie, but the French side should not be considered so much of an underdog. The Argentinean players which make up the core of the Metalist team are all excellent technicians and are playing a solid third in their national league behind the giants of Dynamo Kiev and Shaktyor, but the French side has already drawn with last year League 1 runners up Marseille in a well played match, after unexpectedly slipping up at home against Caen. This will be a hard fought battle in both ties being decided by minute details.
King’s pick: A draw could be expected in this one, however to play it safe both teams should score here tonight.