League Cup and Europa League action are amongst the highlights for our Top 5 Bets for the week.
Brighton and Southampton clash tonight in an all-Premier League affair in the Carabao Cup. Neither side have had the greatest start to the season, although Brighton can boast of their momentous 3-2 win over Manchester United last week. The Seagulls do not have a great record against Southampton, whom they have not beaten in the last three attempts. Their only victory against the Saints came in the Championship back in 2012.
Burnley’s chances of making it to the Europa League group stages are hanging by a thread. Despite impressing in the previous qualifying rounds, the Clarets fell on their faces last week in the first leg of their play-off against Olympiacos; the Greek giants won 3-1. This was Olympiacos’ third consecutive Europa League match to feature four goals. The last three matches for Burnley have ended in two 3-1 losses, and their 4-2 defeat at the hands of Fulham at the weekend.
AC Milan will host AS Roma in the Serie A on Friday, in both side’s second match of the season. Milan lost 3-2 to Napoli, despite having led 1-0 at the break. Edin Džeko scored an 89th minute winner as Roma beat Torino 1-0. Roma won 2-0 the last time the two sides met, with goals in the 48th and 74th minute.
Hannover and Borussia Dortmund will kick-start the weekend action in the Bundesliga when they face off on Friday night. Dortmund kicked their season off with a morale boosting 4-1 win over RB Leipzig. Hannover drew 1-1 at Werder Bremen, but have lost three of their last five Bundesliga games, stretching back to last season. Dortmund beat Hannover 1-0 in their last encounter, in March this year.
Leeds United will play Middlesbrough in a Championship top-of-the-table clash on Friday night. Both sides have four wins and a draw in their first five matches of the season, and are yet to lose. Neither side have failed to score so far this season. The last time Leeds hosted Boro at Elland Road, the match ended 2-1 in their favour.