The Champions League qualifying phase has reached stage two and the champions of minnow leagues are now starting to be joined by some slightly bigger sides. After hitting a winning treble on Saturday, we’re hoping Tuesday’s offering will provide a tasty 8/1 treble at Coral.
First leg matches are immensely important and every team will be eager to find the target. We’re backing these six to do just that.
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T.N.S V Videoton. 7PM
Welsh side T.N.S were excellent in their 6-2 aggregate win over B36 Torshavn in round one, and will be hoping to keep their dreams alive as they take on Hungarian side Videoton. However, Craig Harrison’s men know they are on for a difficult ride.
The Hungarian league is obviously a lot stronger than the Welsh Premier, but T.N.S are in great scoring form at the minute. The hosts have scored at least twice in each of their last 11 matches at Park Hall, and haven’t fired a blank here since losing to Slovan Bratislava in last year’s Champions League qualifiers.
Striker Michael Wilde will be particularly buoyant after hitting a hat-trick in last week’s win over B36, and will be hoping to punish a defence that leaked three in the Hungarian Super Cup in their last fixture.
Nonetheless, the visitors are the much better side and will almost certainly progress. Expect Bernard Casoni’s men to grab the important away goal.
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Partizan Belgrade V Dila Gori. 7:45PM
Our second pick comes from an intriguing battle at the Partizan Stadium. The hosts will be expected to make the most of home advantage, but Georgian visitors shouldn’t be ruled out altogether.
The Serbian crowd are bound to create a cracking atmosphere and Zoran Milinkovic will be looking to his new look strikeforce for goals. Partizan lost last season’s top two scorers, but should still have more than enough firepower to find their way to the next round.
However, Dila Gori know that they can make things difficult in next week’s home leg and a positive result in Serbia would give Ucha Sosiashvili’s men a great chance. Main man Irakili Modebadze will cause problems for the hosts, and we’re backing the visitors to get that crucial away goal.
Unfortunately for the Georgians, we don’t think it’ll be enough to stop Partizan winning.
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FK Sarajevo V Lech Poznan. 8PM
Lech Poznan are probably the best known side in the competition at this stage and the Polish outfit will be expected to qualify to round three. However, they should expect a difficult first leg in the Bosnian capital.
Sarajevo are a good attacking side and, despite their inferior quality, will fancy their chances of a goal. Leon Benko and Krste Velkoski are both capable of finding the target, so the Poznan defence can’t afford to take things lightly.
Nonetheless, Poznan are the better side and that quality should show. We’d expect them to create a fair few chances throughout the match and the likes of Marcin Robak and Kaspar Hamalainen won’t have any rouble converting them
The Polish champions shouldn’t have too much trouble progressing, but shouldn’t take this first leg for granted. Back both teams to score.
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