Soccer Picks: Basel vs. Steaua Bucharest Champions League Tips

Richard O'Hagan

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 4:44 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 4:44 PM UTC

Soccer odds boards list Basel as the slight favorite in their Champions League matchup against Steau Bucharest, but we believe that there is more money to be made by placing our soccer picks on some of the scoring options.

The bottom two teams in Group E meet in what is, in effect, the battle for third place in the group. Their meeting in Bucharest two weeks ago was an odd affair, with Basel dominating the first half and Steaua only really livening up once they fell behind to a goal from Diaz. Despite that, they then took until two minutes from time to find an equaliser and pick up their first point of the competition.

It is not inconceivable that the same could happen again here. Basel know that a win, their second in the group, will almost certainly mean they finish third, with Steaua having to travel to Chelsea and host Schalke in their remaining games. That, though, could also be an incentive for the Romanians, who realise that they face a tough fight in those remaining games; victory over the Swiss is their best hope of having European football after the start of December.

At the moment, the draw is priced at 4.2 by Bet365, whilst they have Basel 1.62 favorites and Steaua out at 6.0. BetVictor, meanwhile, offer 9.0 on this being another 1-1 draw.

Looking to the half time/full time market, there are good  soccer odds to be had on Steaua being ahead at the half and then drawing, which is out at 23.0 with BetVictor. William Hill, meanwhile, offer 29.0 on them behind ahead at the interval and then losing. If you think that the game will follow the pattern of the last one, then draw/draw is your call, currently at 6.5 with Bet365 and a few others.

The hard thing about betting this game is that you have two average sides who are both capable of doing something surprising, as Basel did against Chelsea in the opening round. With that in mind the safest bet of all might just be on both of them to score, even if the best price you will get for your soccer picks is 1.87 at BetVictor.

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