Bundesliga and Ligue 1 Weekend Parlay: Can Dortmund Be Trusted Without Haaland?
Bundesliga and Ligue 1 Weekend Parlay at +206
Dortmund is just one point behind leader Bayern and will host FC Koln on Saturday despite dealing with injuries. At the same time, Monaco travels to play relegation-threatened Brest on Sunday in Ligue 1.
Dortmund vs. FC Koln (Bundesliga Round 10) - Saturday, October 30, 9:30 a.m. ET
Dortmund is sitting second in the German top-flight league with 21 points earned in nine games. They lost just two games so far this season, both being on the road to Monchengladbach and Freiburg. If we’re talking only about the home games, they should be first with a perfect five wins in five games record and 17 goals scored in the process.
Their star striker Erling Haaland has been ruled out for two to three weeks with a hip injury. Without him, they must change the tactics because there’s no one to replace him. He has already missed a run of three domestic league games with Marco Reus, Donyell Malen, and even Thorgan Hazard being used as most advanced forwards, but there’s no player in the squad to play the same role as Haaland, so they must adapt.
They still have many injury issues being without Raphael Guerreiro, Gio Reyna, Mateu Morey, Schmelzer, and Schulz, while Mahmoud Dahoud remains a doubt. Dortmund conceded in each of their 9 Bundesliga games this season. But you can always trust Dortmund to score even without Erling Haaland. They have great players in their squad, a nice combo between experienced players like Marco Reus or Emre Can and talented youngsters like Jude Bellingham or Donyell Malen.
They are a well-drilled team, always trying to dictate the pace. Versatility is key for the hosts. They have a core of players who can all operate through the middle or out wide (Brandt, Hazard, Malen, Reus, and Reyna). On top of that, they are playing in front of their fans, and given their perfect record; we expect them to win the three points but not without headaches.
On the other side, FC Koln is winless on the road this season, but they enter this match full of confidence after scoring two late goals to hold Leverkusen last weekend to a 2-2 draw and beating Stuttgart 2-0 in the midweek German Cup action. Last season they managed to win four from six points in the two head-to-heads against Dortmund, scoring 4 goals in the process. Lately, they are always contributing on the scoreboard when playing Dortmund. They are a bit overpriced, so we could also give them a +1.5 spread at -139 as a single bet, but for this parlay, we are going with the ‘Alex Classic’ both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in the game.
1st Parlay Pick: Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 Goals (-137)
Brest vs. Monaco (Ligue 1 Round 12) - Sunday, October 31- 12:00 p.m ET
Brest are sitting in the red zone in the French top-flight league with just 6 points earned in 11 games. They are one of the two teams with zero wins so far this season, and we don’t expect them to turn things around on Sunday when they host Monaco.
Last season they managed to avoid relegation finishing 1 point above the danger zone. Surprisingly, Brest has scored in each of their 11 domestic fixtures this season and managed to beat Monaco in their previous two home games. That’s why the bookies are offering such a good price on an away win.
Monaco aims to build on a 3-1 win over Montpellier, and given their attacking firepower; we have all the reasons to believe that they will add three more points to their season tally. They won 4 of their last 5 Ligue 1 fixtures scoring 12 goals in the process. We can also bet on goals with the over 2.5 goals in the match being priced at -125 with Bet365, but for this parlay, we are going with the away win.
After serving his one-match suspension in the 2-0 defeat to Lyon, Aurelien Tchouameni, one of Monaco’s key players, is back and will definitely contribute to this away win. In addition, Wissam Ben Yedder scored 6 goals in his last six games for Monaco and will lead the attack together with Kevin Volland.
2nd Parlay Pick: Monaco ML (-130)