We are coming off what was another big week of soccer action across Europe, with some big surprises taking place all over Europe. In Spain, Real Madrid continued to struggle, prompting Cristiana Ronaldo to announce that he wants out. In England, Manchester City saw their dream of an unbeaten season come to an end in a 4-3 loss to Liverpool, while Manchester United jumped ahead of the cross-city rivals in an effort to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal before the end of the January deadline. There are even more big games on tap this coming week, so let’s take a closer look at our top Soccer betting picks based on the soccer lines for you to cash in.
Expert Top Soccer Betting Picks of the Week – January 16
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Monaco vs. Nice – Tuesday
The way that PSG is playing in Ligue 1 in France suggests that they are going to run away with the title, although there is always the chance that their Champions League campaign may serve as a distraction coming down the stretch. Monaco is one of only two teams with a shot at catching PSG, but they have a tough one on tap on Tuesday, as they welcome in Nice, who are currently sitting in 6th in the league.
These two teams have split their last 4 meetings, and it has been the home team who came out on top each time. That trend would suggest that it’s Monaco’s turn to win.
- Games Played: Monaco 20 / Nice 20
- Wins: Monaco 13 / Nice 9
- Ties: Monaco 3 / Nice 3
- Loses: Monaco 4 / Nice 8
- Scored Goals: Monaco 46 / Nice 25
- Conceded Goals: Monaco 19 / Nice 29
Soccer Betting Pick: Monaco 3 – Nice 0
Chelsea vs. Norwich – Wednesday
This is an FA Cup 3rd round replay that Chelsea could really have done without, as they already have a logjam of games ahead of them. The teams played to a 0-0 tie at Carrow Road a couple of weeks ago, and Norwich will love the opportunity to get another crack at the Blues, while also putting a nice chunk of gate receipt money in the bank from this reply.
Playing this one at home will make all the difference for Chelsea, and I see no way that Norwich pull off the fairytale upset.
- Games Played: Chelsea 1 / Norwich 1
- Wins: Chelsea 0/ Norwich 0
- Ties: Chelsea 1 / Norwich 1
- Loses: Chelsea 0 / Norwich 0
- Scored Goals: Chelsea 0 / Norwich 0
- Conceded Goals: Chelsea 0 / Norwich 0
Soccer Betting Pick: Chelsea 4 – Norwich 1
Leganes vs. Real Madrid – Thursday
It’s troubling times for Real Madrid, as they are sinking like a stone in La Liga, where they have dropped down to 4th place and are now in danger of missing out on an automatic Champions League spot. Their match-up on Thursday against Leganes may prove to be a bit of a pleasant distraction, as it is the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.
Playing a team from a lower division may be the spark that Madrid need to get their mojo back, but as this is just the opening leg, I don’t see them going all out for the big win here.
- Games Played: Leganes 4 / Real Madrid 4
- Wins: Leganes 2 / Real Madrid 2
- Ties: Leganes 1 / Real Madrid 2
- Loses: Leganes 1 / Real Madrid 0
- Scored Goals: Leganes 4/ Real Madrid 9
- Conceded Goals: Leganes 2 / Real Madrid 4
Soccer Betting Pick: Leganes 0 – Real Madrid 2
Derby County vs. Bristol City – Friday
Friday is a great day for fans of the Championship in England, as we always get a good match-up prior to the full slate of games on Saturday. This one promises to be a beauty, as it features a pair of teams embroiled in the promotion battle that would take them to the Premier League.
Derby County is currently sitting in 2nd which is an automatic promotion spot, 10 points off the lead, while Bristol City is in a playoff spot in 5th, just 5 back of Derby. A win here for Bristol City would put them right in the thick of things. It was City who won the previous meeting this season 4-1, but that was a home game for them.
- Games Played: Derby County 27 / Bristol City 27
- Wins: Derby County 15 / Bristol City 13
- Ties: Derby County 7 / Bristol City 8
- Loses: Derby County 5 / Bristol City 6
- Scored Goals: Derby County 44 / Bristol City 40
- Conceded Goals: Derby County 23 / Bristol City 32
Soccer Betting Pick: Derby County 2 – Bristol City 2