Top Soccer Betting Picks of the Week – April 16th Edition

Posted by Henry Watkins on Monday,April 16, 2018 12:37, EDT in

All across Europe, the domestic leagues are starting to wind down as we inch ever closer to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The big news from this past weekend was Manchester City finally clinching the English Premier League title with 5 games still to play. They pounded Tottenham on Saturday but still needed a miracle win by West Brom over Manchester United to seal the deal. This week, we are going to look at the relegation battle in the EPL, the FA Cup semi-finals, and a few other games on a busy betting agenda. As always, we will have the latest soccer odds and predictions attached to each preview.

Top Soccer Betting Picks of the Week – April 16th Edition

West Ham vs. Stoke – Monday

  • Soccer Betting Odds: West Ham -105

Certainly not the most glamorous tie on the calendar this week, but one that could play a role in the relegation battle at the bottom of the EPL. Stoke City are in real trouble, second from bottom and 6 points from safety. West Ham is above the relegation line at the moment but is not that far ahead that they can breathe easily. West Ham won the earlier meeting with Stoke this season, bagging a 3-0 win on the road.

The prevailing result when this two hook up, though, is a tie, with 5 of the last 7 games ending in a stalemate. The safest best here may well be the draw, although the Hammers might just sneak this one.

Score Prediction: West Ham 1 – Stoke 1

Toronto FC vs. Guadalajara – Tuesday

  • Soccer Betting Odds: Toronto FC -120

The CONCACAF Champions League has reached the final stage, and we may finally get to see an MLS club win it all. This is the first leg of the 2-leg final, and you would think that Toronto would really need to get something out of this one, as their trip to Mexico is not going to be easy.

Toronto has made a poor start to the MLS season, although the reality is that their focus has been on this tournament and the chance to make history. I think that Toronto will take a slender lead on the road, but it will remain to be seen whether that will be enough.

Score Prediction: Toronto FC 1 – Guadalajara 0

Crotone vs. Juventus – Wednesday

  • Soccer Betting Odds: Juventus -299

Juventus took another step towards the Scudetto with a dominant win over the weekend that opened their lead atop the Serie A to 6 points. They can put even more pressure on Napoli by winning again on Wednesday against a Crotone team that they have yet to lose to in 5 attempts.

In those 5 games, Juventus have not conceded a single goal, outscoring Crotone 16-0. I think we can expect more of the same with a comfortable win for Juve on Wednesday.

Score Prediction: Crotone 0 – Juventus 4

Manchester United vs. Tottenham – Saturday

  • Soccer Betting Odds: Tottenham +124

This is the first of the two FA Cup semi-finals set to go this weekend, with the other being played on Sunday. Both teams are coming off a disappointing weekend, with Spurs absolutely hammered by Manchester City, while United put in a lackluster performance at home in a 1-0 lost to WBA.

Manchester United should be one of your Soccer Betting Picks of the week.

There is very little to choose between these two teams, with Manchester United holding a slight 4-3 edge in wins over their last 7 meetings. This is one that might well go beyond the 90 minutes, and I am taking United to edge it.

Score Prediction: Manchester United 2 – Tottenham 1

Chelsea vs. Southampton – Sunday

  • Soccer Betting Odds: Chelsea -234

In one of those strange scheduling quirks, this will be the second time that these two will have met in a 7-day period. Chelsea came from 2 goals down to win 3-2 over Southampton on the weekend in EPL action.

The winner of this one will book their place in the FA Cup Final against either Manchester United or Tottenham. Chelsea has not been in great form recently, but I still think they possess too much firepower to lose this one.

Score Prediction: Chelsea 3 – Southampton