Three of the best bets from around the world this weekend.
Sydney v Western Sydney Wanderers - Saturday 09:50, BT Sport 3
Sydney have picked up from where they left off last season, winning both their games so far, meaning their record is now W22-D6-L1 since the start of their title winning campaign. The Wanderers have four points from their two games, meaning they’re unbeaten in eight after a good finish to last season, but this is of course likely to be the toughest test they’ll face all season. However, they’ve picked up four points from their last two clashes with Sydney (they were the only team to beat them last season), including a goalless draw at the Allianz in their last visit. Since Sydney looked vulnerable at the back in conceding twice against Wellington at home in their last game, we’re looking to oppose the champions on at odds-on. We’re backing their local rivals to pick up a third straight draw at the Allianz.
PSV v Heracles – Sunday 11:30, Sky Sports
PSV continued their remarkable form with a 5-2 win at Venlo meaning they’ve now netted 16 in their last three, and they’ve won their last 15 at the Philips Stadion. Hercules beat Ajax at home on the opening day but they’ve won just once since then as their defence continues to be leaky – they’ve kept only five clean sheets since the start of last season with both teams netting in all eight of their games this term. Indeed, they’ve netted in their last 10 on the road, including at Feyenoord and Ajax, whilst they managed a 1-1 draw at PSV last term. However, that was before Phillip Cocu’s side really found their form so we don’t expect the visitors to take any points here but we are backing PSV to win and both teams to score.
Feyenoord v Ajax – Sunday 13:30, Sky Sports Mix
Feyenoord are in a slump that has seen them win just twice in their last eight matches across all competitions. However, they were unbeaten at De Kuip last term and are still level with their visitors here in the current standings. Ajax averaged less than a goal per game away to the res of the top half last season as seven of those eight trips had fewer than three goals and three finished all-square. That lack of firepower suggests they are too short and the draw is far better value. Furthermore, that’s been the result in this fixture in each of the last two years.