In this post betting tips and previews of the first legs of Champions League 3rd round qualifiers:
CSKA Moscow- Sparta Praha, Midtjylland-Apoel Nicosia, Milsami-Skenderbeu and Maccabi Tel Aviv-Viktoria Plzen, Fenerbahce-Shaktar Donetsk, Panathinaikos-Club Brugge, Young Boys-Monaco, Videoton-Bate Borisov and Dinamo Zagreb-Molde.
CSKA MOSCOW - SPARTA PRAHA
Russian League started good for CSKA which has obtained 2 wins without conceding goals.
Russian team offensive phase relies on the skills of Tosic and Dzagoev who have both showed a good physical condition in the first 2 matches.
What is missing is probably a good striker since Musa is a good player but not a big goleador.
Sparta Praha has lost the skilled right lateral back Kaderabek and mainly can't count on his striker Lafata who is injured.
Czech team will stay on the defensive and we do not expect lots of goals here.
In our opinion CSKA has something more than opponent in terms of skills and experience.
CSKA MOSCOW: Akinfeev, Fernandes, V. Berezuckij, A. Berezuckij, Nababkin, Dzagoev, Wernbloom, Eremenko, Natcho, Tosic, Musa.
SPARTA PRAHA: Bičík, Mareček, Holek, Hybš, Frýdek, Matějovský, Vácha, Dočkal, Costa, M. Paixao, L. Krejčí.
MIDTJYLLAND - APOEL NICOSIA
The champions of Denmark vs the champions of Cyprus.
Danish team won the national league for the first time in the last season. It's quite a new club, founded in 1999 with the fusion of Ikast Fs and Herning Fremad.
It is a very well organized team and mainly very able to score in dead balls occasions (a bit like Atletico Madrid).
Physical condition should be better among danish players since danish league has already started, while Cyprus league will start on next month.
Apoel betrayed the expectations in the previous round vs Vardar Skopje, obtaining the qualification only thanks to a double draw.
Apoel is affected by the transfer of the striker Djebbour mainly, but also other players have been sold and this team has a lot of new players, while Midtjylland has basically the same squad of the previous season.
Midtjylland won 16 of the 17 home matches in the previous season and this also leads us to choose MIDTJYLLAND DOUBLE CHANCE.
MIDTJYLLAND DOUBLE CHANCE (1.30, Sporting Bet)
UNDER 2.5 (1.57, Sporting Bet)
MILSAMI - SKENDERBEU
It is very rare to watch a 3rd round qualifiers of Champions League in a stadium with a total capacity of 3000 spectators.
Milsami should approach this match as showed in the previous round vs Ludogorets, paying a lot of attention to the defensive phase, trying to hit counterattacking.
We do not expect a lot of emotions here since also Skenderbeu is not that offensive team and considering also the average skills in the pitch it will be hard to see more than 2 goals in this match.
Usually first legs are poor of goals and especially in this case where both teams are playing for a historic qualification to the last round of Champions League qualifiers.
DRAW (3.25, Betfair)
UNDER 2.5 (1.64, Betfair)
MACCABI TEL AVIV - VIKTORIA PLZEN
Maccabi won the last isrealian league but has then changed coach.
New coach Jokanovic wants its team to play with an offensive approach, based on the ball possession, keeping a very high defense.
This kind of tactic could be very dangerous at the beginning and indeed Maccabi conceded a goal in both matches of the 2nd round vs Hibernians.
Maccabi can count on 7 israelian national team players.
The most skilled players are the offensive midfielder Zahavi (a bit injured), the offensive wing Ben Haim and the forwarder Ben Basat.
Viktoria Plzen seems to be a bit stronger than the opponent: there are a lot of skilled players in the czech team such as Daniel Kolar, David Limbersky and Matus Kozacik.
The coach Miroslav Koubek gives a lot of importance to dead balls occasion and Maccabi has already showed in the previous rounds they have some lacks in defending in such occasions.
We choose VIKTORIA PLZEN double chance because of czech international experience.
MACCABI TEL AVIV: Pablo, Spungin, Ben Haim I., García, Ben Haruš, Mitrovič, Alberman, Igiebor, Micha, Zehavi, Ben Haim II.
VIKTORIA PLZEN: Kozáčik, Rajtoral, Hubník, Procházka, Limberský, Hořava, Hrošovský, Kopic, Kolář, Kovařík, Mahmutovič.
FENERBAHCE - SHAKTHAR DONETSK
The match clou of this 3rd round of Champions League qualifiers.
Both teams have often played the group stage of this competition in the last years, especially Shakhtar Donetsk.
The war going on in the city of Donetsk has penalized also Shakhtar's performances which can't play home matches in its stadium, the Dunbass Arena.
Lots of players asked to be transferred somewhere else and now coach Lucescu can't count anymore on Fernando, Douglas Costa and Luis Adriano.
Although these lacks Shakthar seems to be able to cause problems to Fenerbahce. Ukrainian league has already started and Shakhtar has won the ukrainian Super Cup vs Dynamo Kyiv and has already collected 6 points after the first two league gameweeks.
Fenerbahce has not played official matches yet and new arrivals (Kjaer, Nani and Van Persie) are not on shape yet.
Fenerbahce has a good home trend usually but there are a lot of reasons that let us bet on SHAKHTAR DOUBLE CHANCE.
Mainly Shakhtar is in a better physical condition and it has had the same coach for years.
Fenerbahce's coach, Vitor Pereira, is new and he will have to work a lot to find a good tactical balance to a team composed of so many offensive players.
Moreover turkish team central backs, Kjaer and Bruno Alves, are slow and the risk to be hit by Shakhtar's fast counterattacks is high.
FENERBAHCE: Volkan, Gökhan, Kjaer, Bruno Alves, Caner, Nani, M.Topal, Josef, Diego, Fernandão, Sow.
SHAKHTAR DONETSK: Pyatov, Srna, Ordets, Rakitsky, Azevedo, Stepanenko, Fred, Bonfim, Alex Teixeira, Taison, Gladkiy.
OVER 1.5 (1.33, 888Sport)
PANATHINAIKOS - CLUB BRUGGE
These teams played a friendly on last 7th July and belgian team had the best (2-1).
Club Brugge has a better physical condition. has a younger team and very fast players.
The problem is that Club Brugge has a lot of absences: Meunier, Gedoz, Coopman, Claudemir, De Fauw, Engels, Izquierdo and Ibini.
Panathinaikos is very tough to face when playing at home and our sensation is that greek's team home trend and Brugge's better condition will nullify and we choose the DRAW.
PANATHINAIKOS: Kotsolis, Wemmer, Tavlaridis, Sanchez, Pranjic, Lagos, Zeca, Ajagun, Ninis, Berg, Petric.
CLUB BRUGGE: Bruzzese, Cools, Mechele, Denswil, De Bock, Vormer, Simons, Vazquez, Diaby, De Sutter, Boli Bolingoli.
DRAW (3.10, 888Sport)
YOUNG BOYS - MONACO
Monaco has lost Kondogbia (Inter) and Ferreira-Carrasco (Atletico Madrid) but they kept a lot of good youngsters such as Kurzawa, Bernardo Silva, Dirar and Martial.
Monaco has a very good tactical organization and a good mix of experienced players (Subasic, Abdennour, Moutinho and Toulalan) and skilled young players.
Young Boys has already started swiss league but has only collected 2 draws in the first 2 matches. Young Boys plays an offensive football and that could advantage Monaco which is really good when it comes to counterattack.
Young Boys has a weak defense. The best central back is the experienced Von Bergen. In the last season they conceded 7 goals in 2 matches vs Everton in the last 32 stage of Europa League.
YOUNG BOYS: Mvogo, Hadergjonaj, Vilotic, Von Bergen, Lecjaks, Bertone, Gajic, Steffen, Gerndt, Sulejmani, Hoarau.
MONACO: Subasic, Fabinho, Kurzawa, Raggi, Wallace, Dirar, Moutinho, Toulalan, Cavaleiro, Carrillo, A.Martial.
OVER 1.5 (1.33, PaddyPower)
VIDEOTON - BATE BORISOV
Bate has had a good tendency in the previous rounds of Champions League qualifiers.
Bate is now lucky to face one of the weakest teams, Videoton, which has started hungarian league really bad losing the 2 matches played till now and another defeat occurred in the hungarian Super Cup vs Fenecvaros.
BATE DOUBLE CHANCE seems to be a good choice and odds are not bad.
BATE BORISOV DOUBLE CHANCE (1.42, Betfair)
DINAMO ZAGREB - MOLDE
Dinamo Zagreb can count on Marko Pjaca, Machado, Soudani, Henriquez and J. Fernandes.
It's a very skilled team and usually when playing home doesn't make mistakes.
Molde has lost 3 of the last 4 matches played and we think norwegian team will have an hard time tomorrow.
HOME WIN (1.65, 10Bet)
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