The Champions League qualification process is heating up as the third round enters the all-important second leg matches. Every team will be desperate to seal their place in the play-off phase, and we’re hoping to capitalise on that urgency for goals with an 11/2 treble.
All six teams we’re backing scored in last week’s first legs. The prize of winning could potentially be massive, so let’s hope they all find the target again on Tuesday night.
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APOEL Nicosia V Midtjylland. 6PM
Our first selection comes from Cyprus as APOEL Nicosia look to complete the job against Danish side Midtjylland.
The hosts take a 2-1 lead into this second leg encounter at the Neo GSP stadium. However, a late Jakub Poulson strike in last week’s match has kept the visitors in with a shout and the Danes will be desperate to get on the scoresheet early. It’s far from game over, but Jess Thorup’s men still need a minimum of two goals. In truth, even that might not be enough.
APOEL will be fancied to reach the group phase of this competition and are definitely expected to progress here. Domingos Pacciencia will be looking to his attacking stars to put this game to bed early on, and Luis Leal will be particularly eager to get amongst the goals.
The Cypriots should advance without too much trouble. If they put the tie to bed early, though, it could pave the way for Midtjylland to find the target too.
BTTS Yes @ 11/10 with Betfred
Molde V Dinamo Zagreb. 6PM
It took just 21 minutes for last week’s first contest to become a BTTS winner and we’re backing plenty more action as Dinamo Zagreb aim to make amends for failure to win in Croatia by claiming a vital victory in Norway.
On paper, Zoran Mamic’s side are the stronger outfit. However, they have given themselves a difficult task as they head to the Aker Stadion. Fortunately, the visitors can take confidence from their weekend win over their local domestic rivals, as well as the fact they’ve scored in every match in the opening weeks of the new campaign.
Nonetheless, last week’s result will give Tor Skullerund’s troops reason to be optimistic. Molde aren’t doing too well in the league, currently sitting eight in the Tippeligaen. But they could make a huge statement by advancing through here.
The hosts do have players capable of scoring, but that firepower might not be enough to see them through. No matter what happens, we’re predicting both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 4/5 with Betfred
Ajax V Rapid Vienna. 7:15PM
Frank de Boer’s Ajax might be recognised as one of the greatest football clubs in Europe, and will be expected by many to reach the Champions League group phase, but they aren’t the team of previous years. While they should edge through this crucial battle in Amsterdam, it’s unlikely to be an easy contest.
Rapid Vienna have started the new campaign in great form. They’ve scored 12 goals in four matches, and will be extremely optimistic after beating domestic rivals Red Bull Salzburg at the weekend. Zoran Barisic’s men certainly have nothing to fear ahead of this clash, and will be hoping to cause a minor upset here.
While Ajax have shown their frailties in recent European adventures, the Dutch club still possess some decent attacking talent. The likes of Lasse Schöne, Yaya Sanogo, and Davy Klaassen can all cause problems for the visitors. It would be surprising if they were to fire a blank.
There should be goals at the Amsterdam Arena. We’re backing them to flow at both ends.
BTTS Yes @ 8/11 with Betfred
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