Champions League 3rd Round (Semifinals) First Legs. Betting tips and previews of the six matches scheduled on Wednesday 27 July.
UCL 3rd Round 1st legs - betting tips & previews
Real anxiety in Turkey: Monaco asked for special security measures in sight of the clash vs Fenerbahce scheduled on Wednesday evening in Istanbul worth for the access to the last Champions League
In the following post we analyze this and other five remaining matches after yesterday's good predictions.
Brendan Rodgers' debut as Celtic manager was a real failure with the shocking 1-0 defeat in Gibraltar vs Lincoln in the 1st leg overturned in Glasgow with a good 3-0 win.
Apart from that, Celtic has a lot of troubles in the defence as Sviatchenko, Simunovic and Boyata are all injured, while Kolo Toure, the new signing, only arrived few hours ago.
Astana has become the first Kazaki team to reach the Champions League Group Stage in the previous edition and could take advantage of Celtic defensive problems. We choose Astana double chance considering also that Celtic often struggle when playing on the road.
Rosenborg are currently leading the Norwegian League: the gap from Odd Grenland is six points wide after the first seventeen rounds and the chances to win their 24th title are really high.
Rosenborg are undergoing a good period and mainly have a better physical condition compared to their opponents, APOEL Nicosia, who have just started the season with only two official matches played (The previous UCL round vs The New Saints).
Let's keep in mind that Rosenborg usually adopt a very offensive 4-3-3 with the tendency to suffer a lot while defending: in the last weeks they conceded 4 goals in two matches vs Norrkoping.
Rosenborg double chance and both teams to score represent our choices.
Astra Giurgiu stopped important teams in Europa League in the recent past: they reached the group stage in the season 2013/2014 defeating Olympique Lyon in the playoffs. They also had the best vs West Ham in the last season before being eliminated by Az Alkmaar.
Romanian side is trying to get the access to Champions League main stage, but this is probably something too hard to be reached in the current season.
Copenhagen are quite experienced team and they should be fit enough since Danish League started 2 weeks ago.
It is expectable to see danish side prevail in the second half when the opponents could have a physical drop.
We like the home win also because Copenhagen showed a convincing football in the four official encounters played in the season scoring a total of sixteen goals in that partial.
Tense situation in Turkey after the terroristic attacks and the failed "golpe" happened in the last days: that's why Monaco has asked for exra safety measures in sight of the
clash vs Fenerbahce.
The background is not ideal for an international football encounter and the result will probably be affected by the atmosphere surrounding Istanbul.
Also lineups leave few possibilites to see a nice show: Vitor Pereira, Fenerbahce's coach, will probably adopt a defensive 3-5-2 in order to limit the empty spaces to be attacked by the opponents.
Coach Leonardo Jardim will reply placing on the pitch only one forwarder, Radamel Falcao, who has lost his efficiency in scoring with regularity (oh that injury...).
We do not see a lot of goals here.
Trencin, the Slovakian League champions, meet the best polish team at moment, Legia Warsaw.
Both teams took part to the previous round reaching here in different ways.
Trencin won 4-3 in the 1st leg vs Olimpija but struggled a lot in the second leg when the were beaten 3-2.
Legia obtained a 1-1 draw on the road vs Zrinjski before beating them 2-0 in Poland.
Legia seem to have something more than Trencin: Polish side, indeed, have in the squad 2 players who made a good Euro 2016 campaign: the central back Pazdan and the midfielder Jolowiec. Other two internationals are the finnish offensive midfielder Hamalainen and the Hungarian striker Nikolics who scored 36 goals in the last season and started the new one scoring the 3 goals in the previous round vs Zrinjski.
Trencin have shaped a sort of Nigerian colony as 5 players come from that African country and 2 of them, Madu and Rabiu are around the national team.
The Legia's higher international experience push us choose Legia double chance.
Olympiacos' great experience gained in international matches should easily prevail vs the Israeli Hapoel Beer at their very first experience in Champions League
Not a lot to say here. Home team have hold Greek League title for six years in a row and they are really tough to face when playing in their stadium: 9 wins in the last 12 matches held at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium beating top clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United.
The squad is almost the same of the previous season, exception made for the good goalie Roberto transferred to Espanyol.
Hapoel Beer reached the 3rd round after beating 3-2 Sheriff in the first leg with the help of 3 penalty kicks (yes, 3!) and drawing 0-0 in the 2nd match without being able to create a goal attempt in the whole match.
We firmly choose the Greeks.
ASTANA - CELTIC
ASTANA DOUBLE CHANCE (1.32)
HOME TEAM TO SCORE (1.40)
ROSENBORG - APOEL NICOSIA
ROSENBORG DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.65)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (2.00)
ASTRA GIURGIU - COPENHAGEN
COPENHAGEN DOUBLE CHANCE (1.29)
AWAY TEAM TO SCORE (1.32)
AWAY WIN (2.25)
FENERBAHCE - MONACO
UNDER 2.5 (1.66)
TRENCIN - LEGIA WARSZAW
LEGIA WARSZAW DOUBLE CHANCE (1.45)
OLYMPIACOS PIREO - HAPOEL BEER
HOME WIN (1.33)
HOME WIN + CLEAN SHEET (2.30)
HOME WIN HANDICAP (0:1) (2.15)