Brad's Best Bets - Soccer Slate 6/14 - 6/14
La Liga is back in full force after a brief hiatus due to COVID-19. The games, similar to those from other leagues will be played behind closed doors. Both teams after their first game back were able to secure points. Sevilla’s matchup with Real Betis was a one-sided affair as they kept Real Betis off the scorer’s sheet picking up 3 points in a 2-0 victory. Levante was fortunate to survive their clash vs Valencia after Gonzalo Melero hit the equalizing penalty kick in the 98th minute. If you go back and watch both matches, it seems as if each team needed to knock off the rust. If we were back in a perfect world and fans were in attendance, Levante would relish the opportunity to play on their home pitch with the fans in full support. This season they have been two different teams, home and away. Levante has only secured 10 points on the road this season with a goal differential of -15. They will not be that fortunate as previously stated this game will be played without fans in the stadium. The head to heads between these two teams is also one sided. Levante has not defeated Sevilla since 2014, and in the past four games Sevilla’s margin of victory is three goals. I am not going to be greedy here, I will pay the extra juice to secure the victory.
The match up between FC Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen is set to be a one-sided affair. Both teams are headed in opposite directions. The hosts, Schalke have only won one match in 2020 and have only secure one point in their last five matches. With not much more to play for, they are looking to build some momentum heading into the offseason. While their counterparts, Bayer Leverkusen are attempting to climb into a top four spot on the Bundesliga table. Since the restart Leverkusen has already lost twice, once to league leaders Bayern Munich and once to 6th placed Wolfsburg. Leverkusen should have no trouble securing the victory and three points at VELTINS-Area. At one point in the season, Schalke was playing decent football and this match would have an entirely different outlook. The past few matches Leverkusen found themselves with out key player Kai Havertz as he nurtured a muscle injury. Should he decide to suit up for the clash with Schalke that would be an added benefit. But should Peter Bosz decide to sit him one more week, I strongly believe Leverkusen will not only win but cover the -1.0 spread. Reason being, Schalke has been awful in front of the net and really struggle to score goals. The last match Schalke has more than one goal was their only win in 2020, as they defeated Monchengladbach 2-0 back in January. If Schalke cannot keep Leverkusen out of the back of the net, they will find themselves down early and face a huge mountain to climb.