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Sunday Soccer Parlay Picks
Another big day of European soccer awaits us on Sunday, and it's the games in the French Ligue 1 that we're really looking forward to. The pick of the round is the match between Monaco and league leaders PSG. There is already a six point difference between France's top two clubs, but if anyone is going to take points off Paris it is Monaco, even if they aren't in the greatest form at present.
Third-placed Lyon travel to Nice in our other Ligue 1 preview, while AC Milan entertain close neighbours Torino in a game that is critical to both sides' European aspiration for next season. We've got another 1 vs 2 battle in the Spanish La Liga when Barcelona travel to high-flying Valencia, while Villareal and Sevilla are on the cusp of the top four and looking to jump above the struggling Madrid teams.
With so many great games around the continent on Sunday, there's a great opportunity to place a parlay, and once again we have chosen five picks to start you off on a winning weekend. A summary of our Sunday parlay is listed below, followed by our match previews and further betting tips. All odds available from Bet365.com.
- Milan vs Torino: Milan @ -134
- Nice vs Olympique Lyon: Lyon @ +115
- Villareal vs Sevilla: Draw @ +240
- Valencia vs Barcelona: Draw @ +300
- Monaco vs PSG: PSG @ -188
The Fine Print - Our Match Previews
Serie A - Milan vs Torino (9:00am EST)
AC Milan will host Torino on Sunday and will be happy to be coming up against a team that they have a fantastic record against, considering how they have struggled so far this season. The Milanese side have not lost to Torino since November 2001, and in the nineteen matches since then they have managed eleven wins and eight draws.
Neither team is in exceptionally good form, and Milan's biggest concern will be that they have not scored a goal at the San Siro in their last three home fixtures. Torino have only won one match in their last eight Serie A matches, and have only been able to keep a clean sheet away from home once in their last sixteen attempts.
So in a match between a team struggling to score and a team battling to contain their opposition, who wins? We are going with the home side owing to their superior record against Torino. The draw is definitely a possibility, but we expect a good showing by AC. Go for Milan at -134.
Ligue 1 - Nice vs Olympique Lyon (9:00am EST)
Third-placed Lyon will be looking to further secure their place in the top four with a win over fellow Europa League combatants Nice. The away side will travel having lost just one match in their last seventeen Ligue 1 matches - a 2-0 defeat to table-topping PSG. They have won four of their last five matches in the league and have also secured progression to the knockout round in Europe.
Nice will also advance in Europe, however their league form has taken an alarming dive after their excellent 2016/17 season in which they finished third - the home side are currently 17th. On the positive side for Nice, they have failed to score in a home match just twice in their last 31 attempts, although we think they will have their work cut out against an in-form Lyon side. We like Olympique Lyon @ +115
La Liga - Villareal vs Sevilla (12:30pm EST)
Sevilla have won two and lost three of their last five matches in La Liga, and are also having a somewhat up-and-down season in the Champions League, summed up by their 3-3 comeback draw against Liverpool midweek. They are still holding on to fifth position on the La Liga ladder, however will drop below their hosts if they lose this one.
Villareal on the other hand are in form and haven't lost in their last six. They have only conceded one goal at home all season, the best record of any club in the league, and come up against a side who have only scored fourteen goals in twelve games.
The sides have a tendency of finishing all-square in their meetings, and the last two league matches between the teams have finished 0-0. Considering the defensive strength of the home team and Sevilla's issues in front of goal, we are going to go with the trend and select the draw @ +240.
La Liga - Valencia vs Barcelona (2:45pm EST)
The league leaders will travel to second-placed Valencia this weekend and the biggest question continues to be whether any side can defeat this Barcelona team. The Catalans side were held to a 0-0 draw at Juventus midweek, but that was without Lionel Messi, and with the Madrid teams in less-than-impressive form so far this season it's hard to see anyone taking all three points against them.
Valencia though have been impressive this year, and find themselves undefeated after twelve matches. They have won eight straight matches in La Liga, which is their best ever effort in the division, and the 30 points they have recorded is also their best haul at this stage in the season. They have scored just one goal less than their opponents, amazing considering the fact that Lionel Messi has scored twenty of Barcelona's 33.
This is a tough one to pick - Valencia have not defeated Barcelona at home since 2007, and have only won two of their last twenty against them. Barcelona have only conceded two away goals all season, and Valencia have only conceded twice at Mestalla. Surprisingly, the league leaders come in as heavy favourites at -125, while the draw is at +300. We are going to pick Valencia to to pick up a point here, go for the draw @ +300.
Ligue 1 - Monaco vs Paris Saint-Germain (3:00pm EST)
The second 1 vs 2 match of the round is in the French league, and while Valencia have something of a chance against giants Barcelona, we (and the bookies) are giving Monaco absolutely no chance against the Parisian superstars. PSG have been unstoppable in all competitions this season, recently breaking the record for the most goals scored in the Champions League group stage (and there's still one game to play).
Monaco have been disappointing considering their efforts last season, however they have had most of their top players move on over the summer. Remarkably, Monaco have lost only one of their last fifteen league matches against PSG, with nine draws shared between the clubs during that period. Bet365.com are offering +375 for the draw, but the away side's form is far too good at present. Go for PSG @ -188.
Result/Both Teams To Score Market
Don't forget that you can add more weight to your potential outlay by selecting the Result/Both Teams To Score market. For this line, you are selecting both the outcome of the match AND whether you believe both teams will score in the match.
In the Villareal vs Sevilla match above, we have indicated how the home side have conceded just one goal on their own turf all season, while the away side has struggled in front of goal. The chances of both teams scoring is therefore pretty slim, yet Bet365.com are offering great odds on the 'No' for the both teams to score line.
Do you agree with our picks? Which of Saturday's matches will you be putting your money on? To join in on the conversation, be sure to connect with us on Facebook and discuss your thoughts.
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