False 9 early soccer picks for Wednesday: Koln vs Bayer Leverkusen & Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Leverkusen's Leon Bailey celebrates scoring during the Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany, Sunday Dec. 13, 2020.Thilo Schmuelgen/Pool via AP

False 9 early soccer picks for Wednesday: Koln vs Bayer Leverkusen & Barcelona vs Real Sociedad

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Wednesday’s midweek clash between Koln and Bayer Leverkusen should be a one-sided affair where Bayer Leverkusen proves why they are the top dog of the Bundesliga. Even though Koln is unbeaten in their last three fixtures, they remain winless in their last 11 Bundesliga home games stretching back into last season. Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen are high on confidence after their 4-1 drubbing of Hoffenheim last week and continue to shell out goals by scoring 13 times in the last 5 games. As for their away form, Bayer Leverkusen has won the last 4 away fixtures and are unbeaten in the last 6 fixtures. While Koln may put up a battle, I don’t foresee them holding off Bayer Leverkusen for this one. I project a 3-0 or 3-1 victory for Bayer Leverkusen.

THE PICKS:

Bayer Leverkusen ML -150

Over 2.5 -150

Barcelona and Real Sociedad face off in the La Liga Derby at Camp Nou. Can Real Sociedad extend their unbeaten league run to 10 games or will Barcelona salvage their season and pick up 3 valuable points to stay in the La Liga hunt? This game has massive implications that will determine the course of the La Liga Table and it would seem unfathomable to have Barcelona out of the La Liga hunt so early in the season – but here we are.

For me, I have no horse in this race, but I do love one play for this game and that is the under 3.5 goals. Barcelona has indeed been in great form at home and their home games have averaged 3.60 goals a game, but Real Sociedad are a different beast to break down. With Barcelona struggling and Real Sociedad locking down their opponents, I see a very tight contested game.

PREDICTION STATS:

  • Real Sociedad Away Clean Sheet Average is 67%

  • Real Sociedad Overall Clean Sheet Average is 54%

  • Barcelona Home Clean Sheet Average is 50%

  • Home/Away Average for Both Teams to Score (BTTS) is 42%

  • Last 5 games, Real Sociedad has only scored 5 times and conceded 2 goals

  • Real Sociedad has kept 3 clean sheets in the last 5 games

THE PICKS:

  • Barcelona u3.5 -155

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