Champions League Qualifiers: Second Leg Picks

Monday, July 30, 2018 4:35 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 30, 2018 4:35 PM UTC

Big teams like Basel are battling for Champions League survival in the second leg of their qualifier ties this week, and there is plenty of value to be found.

<h2><a href="" rel="nofollow">Basel v PAOK Saloniki</a></h2><p>The Swiss side slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of PAOK in the first leg of this tie, but Albian Ajeti’s late away goal could prove crucial. They now know that a 1-0 victory would see them through on away goals, and they have the talent to pull it off. Last season, Basel went all the way to the last 16 of this competition, after beating Man Utd, Benfica and CSKA Moscow in the group stage. They are an established Champions League team, and they really should win this tie. They have since lost a couple of players in the transfer window and they have a couple of injuries to boot, but they have invested in new stars this summer, and they should be a different animal at their home stadium. PAOK will be kicking themselves for not holding on to a 2-0 win, as they will be forced to come out and attack if Basel score on Wednesday. That would leave gaps at the back for Basel to exploit, and the Swiss team look good value at +100 <a href=";book=Bet365" rel="nofollow">with Bet365</a> to secure victory.</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3486993, "sportsbooksIds":[43,238,139,180,19], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2><a href="" rel="nofollow">Rosenborg v Celtic</a></h2><p>The Scottish champions battled to a 3-1 victory over their Norwegian counterparts in the first leg, displaying their superior quality. Record signing Odsonne Edouard started to repay his extravagant price tag by firing in two delicious strikes, while Olivier Ntcham completed the rout.<br />Celtic looked dynamic going forward, and they possessed greater spark and energy than Rosenborg. They beat this team over two legs in last season’s Champions League qualifiers, and the Hoops should go to Norway and complete the job this week. They do not need to win, but it would be risky to sit back and soak up pressure, so they should keep things tight at the back but also have a go at Rosenborg. They have the creativity to open up this shaky defence, and Celtic draw no bet looks a good option at -147 with leading sportsbooks.</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3519717, "sportsbooksIds":[43,238,139,180,19], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Celtic 3-1 Rosenborg ... A great win after a bad start... lets stay cautious and focused. We are only half way🍀🍀🍀 &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#celtic&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@CelticFC&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CELRBK&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ChampionsLeague&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Olivier Ntcham (@OlivierNtcham) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 26, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2><a href="" rel="nofollow">Malmo v CFR Cluj</a></h2><p>Swedish side Malmo secured a 1-0 victory against Cluj in Romania last week, and now they simply need to close out the job at home. Cluj offered very little in the way of attacking threat in the game, and Malmo were pretty comfortable. They may well play for a draw in the second leg, safe in the knowledge that would see them through to the next round with a 1-0 aggregate win. The draw is +210 with Bet365, and punters certainly think that will be the result as virtually all the action has gone on this game finishing all square. But, as previously mentioned, it is potentially hazardous to sit back and protect an aggregate lead, as we saw in last season’s competition where the strategy claimed high-profile casualties like Barcelona. Malmo should give their home fans something to cheer and push for a goal in the first half, and a home win looks interesting here at +100 with Bet365.</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3518174, "sportsbooksIds":[43,238,139,180,19], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2><a href="" rel="nofollow">Qarabag v FK Kukesi</a></h2><p>Azerbaijani side Qarabag announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with in European football when they picked up home and away draws with the mighty Atletico Madrid in last season’s Champions League group stage. They would be disappointed if they failed to reach it again. They picked up a 0-0 draw against Kukesi in Albania last week and they now just need to beat them at home. They are the heavy favourites to do so. It is unlikely to be a high-scoring match, as Qarabag’s game is based on defensive solidity, so Qarabag to win and 'under' 3.5 goals looks good at -142.</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3519714, "sportsbooksIds":[43,238,139,180,19], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p>
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