Top Soccer Betting Picks of the Week – May 14th Edition

Posted by Henry Watkins on Monday,May 14, 2018 12:28, EDT in

With most of the European domestic leagues now done for the season, it is one of the quitter soccer betting weeks of the year that we have ahead of us. Preparations for the World Cup are about to begin in earnest, but there are still some big games on tap before we get into a period where we will be seeing a lot of international friendly games.

The English Championship playoffs continue this week, with the eventual winner heading into the Premier League. We also have the Europa League Final, as well as the FA Cup Final this week, so let’s get right to our picks of the week based on the latest soccer odds.

Top Soccer Betting Picks of the Week – May 14th Edition

Fulham vs. Derby County – Monday

This is the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final, with Derby County heading on the road with a slender 1-0 lead for the first leg. It would appear that Fulham has a tough task on their hands here, as they have only managed to beat Derby once in their last 7 meetings, although that win did come earlier this season.

There have been 3 draws during that stretch of games, and that is a result that would suit Derby County quite nicely here, as it would be enough to get them into the final. I think a draw is the most likely result.

Soccer Betting Pick: Fulham 1 – Derby County 1

Aston Villa vs. Middlesbrough – Tuesday

This is the second of the two Championship play-off semi-finals, and it is similar to the other game in that the outcome hangs in the balance. It is Aston Villa who has the decided advantage here after winning 1-0 on the road in the first leg.

While the deficit is small, the problem that Middlesbrough have is that they have not scored against Villa in their last 3 meetings. In fact, those 3 games have only yielded two total goals, both of which came via 1-0 wins for Villa. I am sensing a trend here, which is why I am going with Aston Villa to move on to the final against Derby.

Soccer Betting Pick: Aston Villa 1 – Middlesbrough 0

Marseille vs. Atletico Madrid – Wednesday

The Champions League is the domestic competition that gets all the limelight, but the Europa League Final is still a big event, especially when you consider that it grants the winner access to the Champions League next season. As such, this is a game that likely means more to Marseille, as they are sitting outside the automatic CL spots in Ligue 1.

Atletico Madrid is huge favorite at the Soccer Betting odds to win the UEFA Europa League.

Atletico is already guaranteed their spot there next season, so this one is all about collecting the silverware. Marseille knocked off RB Leipzig to get here, while Madrid took out Arsenal in a much tougher tie. I like Atletico Madrid to host the Europa League trophy on Wednesday.

Soccer Betting Pick: Marseille 1 – Atletico Madrid 2

Manchester United vs. Chelsea – Saturday

It’s a clash of the giants in the FA Cup Final on Saturday, and very likely the last time we will see both of these teams in their current configurations. United have already made it clear that they plan on doing a bit of house cleaning in the summer, while this will probably be the final game in charge for Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

United ended their season with a 1-0 win over Watford last Sunday, while Chelsea was thumped 3-0 by Newcastle, ending any shot they had at the Champions League. The Blues are on a shocking run of form right now, and I think they are in trouble on Saturday.

Soccer Betting Pick: Manchester United 2 – Chelsea 0