While Europe’s elite leagues are still a few weeks away, it is the opening weekend in a number of minor domestic divisions. Fans across those countries will be hoping that 2014/15 has plenty of joyous moments in store.
Meanwhile, there are a number of other leagues that are already at the midpoint of their campaigns and the action in those is really heating up.
It should be another fantastic Saturday schedule and we’ve picked these three teams all to claim vital victories and land our accumulator tip.
Start V Bodo Glimt. 2:30PM
Tippeligaen rivals Start and Bodo Glimt are separated by goal difference only heading into this weekend’s encounter at the Sor Arena.
The visitors have hit a bad spell at just the wrong time and have now picked up just one point from the last available 12. Within that run they even lost to rock-bottom Sandnes and manager Jan Holvorson faces a real test as he looks to gee his side up for this crucial fixture.
Start are in pretty decent form, winning three of their past four Tippeligaen matches and can also look to last season’s 1-0 win in the corresponding fixture for inspiration. In fact, the hosts have won each of the past four head-to-head meetings in this stadium, although it is worth noting that run stretches back to 2005.
Despite their good form overall, Start have won just twice at home this season – drawing twice and losing three times. However, this record is far better than Bodo’s away form as the visitors have lost five of their seven matches on the road.
This contest could go either way, but we’re edging towards a home win.
Start Win @ 5/6 with William Hill
Kalmar V Malmo. 3PM
Our second selection comes from Sweden as leaders Malmo look to bounce back from Wednesday’s disappointing Champions League stalemate with three league points en route to another Allsvenskan title.
The defending champions are already sitting pretty at the summit with a five-point gap over second-placed AIK and are a further two points clear of Saturday’s opponents.
Malmo’s away form has been near faultless this season, dropping just two points from a possible 21. Equally impressive is their defensive record of just three goals conceded within those three games and while this weekend’s trip to Kalmar offers up one of their more difficult propositions of the season, it should be another test that Age Hareide’s men will pass.
However, Kalmar’s home form is pretty strong too and the hosts remain unbeaten after seven matches at the Guldfageln Arena. They have failed to win three of those fixtures, though, so could be in for their first home loss of the season against the champions.
Malmo thrashed Kalmar 4-1 in the corresponding fixture last term and while we can’t see a repeat scoreline we do see it being another away win.
Malmar Win @ 11/10 with William Hill
SonderjyskE v Aab Aalborg. 4:00PM
The new Danish Superliga gets underway this weekend and defending champions Aalborg will be desperate to start their campaign with three points against SonderiyskE.
Aalborg were a class above the rest in 2013/14 winning the title by six points, even after dropping points for fun after the title had been sealed. The visitors did lose here last term but with the extra incentive of getting their campaign off to a flying start we’d expect them to triumph here.
The hosts only just survived last year, finishing just one position above the relegation zone. There is a strong possibility that they’ll enjoy an easier campaign this time around but they certainly won’t be challenging Aalborg at the top.
It is a potentially tricky curtain-raiser for the champions, but we think they’ll come out of it with the victory.
Aab Alborg Win @ Evens with William Hill
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