The third qualifying round of this year’s Champions League begins on Tuesday night and it should be another dramatic evening as clubs look to take one step closer to the illustrious group phase.
There are some quality teams in action and we’re backing these six to all find the target in a 13/2 treble. After hitting a winner this time last week, confidence is high. Let’s hope for another boom!
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Fenerbahce V Shakhtar Donetsk. 7PM
Victor Pereira would have hoped for an easier first task as head coach of Fenerbahce, but the Turkish Super Lig outfit will still be hoping for a magical night in Istanbul as they take on Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk.
Fenerbahce will be looking to new signing Robin van Persie for plenty of goals this season, and the Dutchman could link up well with Moussa Sow. With the likes of Rail Meireles and Nani amongst their arsenal too, the hosts can at least be confident about scoring on home soil.
However, Shakhtar are a very reputable side in Europe and regularly reach the knockout phase of the Champions League. They weren’t quite as good as usual last term, finishing second in their domestic league, but the likes of Eduardo, Wellington and Bernard should carry a constant threat.
We’re backing Shakhtar to progress overall, but they shouldn’t expect things all their own way here. Back both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 19/20 with Coral
Young Boys V AS Monaco. 7:15PM
AS Monaco have undergone a pretty noticeable shift in playing personnel over the past two years, but the principality club still have some immensely gifted attacking players and Leonardo Jardim’s men should fancy goals in Switzerland.
The pairing of Stephan El Shaarawy and Lacina Traore have the quality to give Young Boys a nightmare at the back. After reaching the quarter-final stage last year, Monaco will be desperate to enjoy some success in this year’s competition. However, the Swiss hosts will be fancied to score also.
Young Boys have never reached the Champions League group phase, but do boast some success in the Europa League and do boast a pretty handy scoring record at the Stade de Suisse. Ulrich Forte’s side must look for goals in this home leg, which should be good for our bet selection.
It’s unlikely to be a nine-goal thriller, but there should be chances at both ends of the pitch.
BTTS Yes @ 10/11 with Coral
Videoton V BATE Borisov. 7:30PM
Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov were embarrassing in last year’s group phase and will be eager to put things right in 2015/16. However, they must first overcome a potential banana skin trip to Hungary.
Aleksander Yermakovich’s men overcame Dundalk to reach this stage and should fancy their chances of progressing here. Striker Vitali Rodinov should be in particularly buoyant mood at the Sostoi Stadium and it would be a surprise if the favourites fail to get the important away goal.
However, Bernard Casconi’s men should not be written off altogether. They’ve not had a good start to the new domestic season, but they are usually pretty solid at home and will be hoping to use the energy of their home supporters to spur them on here.
A score draw wouldn’t surprise us at all.
BTTS Yes @ 21/20 with Coral
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