In this post betting tips and previews of the first legs of Champions League 3rd round qualifiers:
Celtic Glasgow-Qarabag, Lech Poznan-Basel, Rapid Wien-Ajax, Hjk Helsinki-Fc Astana, Red Bull Salzburg-Malmo and Steaua Bucuresti-Partizan Beograd.
CELTIC - QARABAG
Celtic wishes to play again a final phase of Champions League and to make it true has to win this home match since when playing away often shows awful performances.
Celtic has won 12 of the last 17 Champions League home matches.
Qarabag has reached the 3rd round defeating Rudar with a total score of 1-0 after the two legs.
Azerbaijan team played the previous round without real forwarders, paying a lot of attention to the defensive phase and we expect a similar approach for this away game in Scotland.
Celtic has eliminated Stjarnan in the previous round scoring a total of 6 goals and had a positive result also in the last friendlies played vs Real Sociedad, Eibar and Rennes showing a good physical condition.
We choose the home win.
HOME WIN (1.45, 10Bet)
LECH POZNAN - BASEL
Basel has had a good trend both in Champions League and Europa League in the last years even tough it has always sold its best players year after year.
In this season the best players who left Basel are Schar and Fabian Frei but the club has sined Kuzmanovic, Bjarnason and Janko and kept the younsters Derlis Gonzalez and Embolo.
Basel has gained a lot of international experience in the last years and we see swiss team favourite vs Lech Poznan which can't count on three important players for the next match (Linetty, Kownacki and Arajuuri).
BASEL DOUBLE CHANCE (1.39, Sporting Bet)
OVER 1.5 (1.28, Sporting Bet)
RAPID WIEN - AJAX
Rapid has started very good the new season obtaining two wins scoring a total of 8 goals.
In our opinion Ajax is stronger than austrian team but usually struggles when playing away and considering also a Rapid Wien better physical condition we hardly see Amsterdam team getting out Wien with a win.
Ajax hasn't started Eredivisie yet and hasn't showed good performances in the last friendlies losing vs Nordsjaelland and Saint-Etienne.
Moreover Ajax has never won in the last 10 european away matches (3 draws and 7 losses).
Rapid plays a very offensive football and will be disposed with a 4-2-1-3 as seen in the last austrian league match won 3-0 vs Ried.
We choose OVER 1.5 and BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE.
OVER 1.5 (1.28, Betfair)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.70, Betfair)
DRAW (3.25, Betfair)
HJK HELSINKI - ASTANA
We expect a balanced match here. HJK is in the middle of finnish League while Astana has defeated Maribor(which took part to the group stage on last year) in the previous round. HJK signed some
good players: the expert goalkeeper Orlund and two japanese international Tanaka and Havenaar.
Astana has a decent team but when playing away often struggles and the absences of Canas, banned, and the injured Maksimovic could give problems to the midfield stability.
HJK DOUBLE CHANCE has interesting odds.
HJK DOUBLE CHANCE (1.42, 10Bet)
SALZBURG - MALMO
These teams faced in the previous edition of Champions League qualifiers when swedish team had the best.
Austrian team can't count anymor on Sadio Manè, Kampl, Alan and Sabitzer and generally speaking Salzburg is less competitive than last year but the approach is still very offensive.
Malmo has ended 11 matches with the sign BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE in the last 14 appearances.
We expect goals here.
BOTH TEAM TO SCORE (1.85, 888Sport)
OVER 2.5 (1.55, 888Sport)
STEAUA BUCURESTI - PARTIZAN BEOGRAD
Steaua struggled a lot in the previous round vs Trencin. Also in the last two romanian league matches it didn't play good collecting only 2 draws.
Steaua is weaker than last year. A lot of transfers have weaken Bucuresti team: Szukala, Sanmartean, Popa, Tanase and Keseru.
The injuries occurred to Varela and Stanciu don't help and for that Partizan has good chances to get a positive result from this away match in Romania.
Partizan has won all the 4 matches played in this season and has never conceded a goal.
We choose PARTIZAN DOUBLE CHANCE.
UNDER 2.5 (1.55, 888Sport)
PARTIZAN DOUBLE CHANCE (1.60, 888Sport)
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