Champions League 3rd Round (Semifinals) 2nd Legs. Betting tips and previews of the ten remaining matches scheduled on Wednesday 3 August.
UCL 3rd Round 2nd legs - betting tips & previews
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Previews and betting tips for the UCL 3rd Round 2nd Legs scheduled on Wednesday 3 August.
Copenhagen started the new season brilliantly: apart from the 1-1 draw in the first leg vs Astra Giurgiu, Danish champions have obtained 5 wins from their 5 official matches till now (scoring 20 goals and conceding none in that partial).
Copenhagen played a good game in Romania on last Wednesday: they conceded a goal after 7' but they had 63% ball possession and attacked with resolution for the whole match finding the equalizer in the second half.
Astra Giurgiu have also started their national league, but results have been discouraging with only 1 point collected after the first 2 rounds, losing 4-1 the debut at home vs Dinamo Bucuresti.
Copenhagen showed their superiority one week ago and a great physical condition and these are the main reasons to choose the HOME WIN.
One of the surprises of 3rd Round 1st legs was the draw occurred in Greece where Olympiacos was unable to score vs the modest Hapoel Beer Sheva.
The higher international experience was not enough to prevail and Olympiacos was whistled by supporters: the 0-0 draw was the right result since the match was really boring and both teams created few shoot attempts.
Olympiacos appeared to be really out of shape and probably Hapoel had a better condition because they have already played 2 maches in the previous round.
We choose away team to score here: probably one week later coach Victor Sanchez can count on a more fit team and the fact that Hapoel have not scored an away goal could be decisive especially if Greek side finds the net.
Young Boys have had an unlucky draft since Shakhtar Donetsk have been a stable presence in the Champions League that matters of the last years.
Ukrainian side won 2-0 one week ago and they have almost secured the qualification.
To come back is almost mission impossible but Young Boys have good skills especially in the attacking players, thanks mainly to the great ability of Hoarau, former PSG striker, when it comes to score but the defensive phase is very disorganized.
Shakhtar is still a good team, although the change on the bench (Paulo Fonseca in place of Lucescu), and the continous transfers of the best players. Indeed the Brazilians Marlos, Bernard, Fred and Taison keep the technical skills quite high and the experience of Srna is another point of strenght.
PAOK Thessaloniki was quite lucky in the 1st leg, especially in the first half when Ajax attacked continously scoring a goal annulled due to a doubtful offside
and hitting a crossbar. Although that, still in the 1st half Greek side found the net thanks to a clamorous mistake of the goalie Cillessen.
In the second half Ajax kept their offensive approach and found the equalizer.
The first official match with the new coach Bosz in place of De Boer saw a very offensive Ajax: with Milik transferred to Napoli the coach counted on the yonugsters Cassierra (19 years old) and Dolberg (18, the one who scored in the 1st Leg).
In sight of this 2nd meeting, Ajax will have Schone in the starting lineup but we have some doubts on this team: the average age is really too low and the lack of international experience is another important factor.
Getting away Thessaloniki with a win will be hard considering that PAOK showed to be dangerous while counterattacking in Amsterdam and the 1st Leg result allow them to slow down the rhythm of the match and not be forced to be offensive all the time, probably preferring to attack the empty spaces left by Ajax in the second half (0-0 draw means elimination for Dutch side).
The 2-2 draw of the 1st Leg sets Anderlecht as favourite in sight of the meeting in Belgium vs Rostov. Even a 0-0 draw would be enough to progress but the
problem is that Anderlecht have a very offensive mentality and we hardly believe they will stay on the defensive for the whole match.
It is expectable to see Rostov keeping a good balance between the positions especially in the first 20/30 minutes and trying to be incisive with fast counterattacks.
In our opinion, the 2-2 in Russia was not a random score: Anderlecht have begun the current season adopting a 4-1-3-2 with 2 forwarders and very offensive midfielders who do not give a enough contribute while defending and indeed all Anderlecht friendly matches ended "both teams to score".
Also the two official matches played ended BTTS: the 1-1 draw in Rostov on last Wednesday and the 1-2 win on the road in Mouscron (1st Jupiler Pro Legue round).
Anderlecht's tendency to score and concede goals with ease is clear.
Celtic-Astana. The 1st leg was controlled by Astana and the 1-1 draw does not reflect what seen on the pitch: Celtic scored in one of the few occasions created and was lucky to
limit the damages thanks to the decisive saves by Gordon.
Although that, we see Celtic favourite in this second meeting.
Celtic are famous to struggle when playing international matches on the road but at the same time they can achieve great wins over great clubs at home ( 2-1 over Barcelona in 2012 and generally speaking 6 wins in the last 7 home matches in UCL).
The atmosphere at Celtic Park is a real factor and the arrival of Brendan Rodgers on the bench gave great ambitions back to this club.
Celtic have failed to join UCL Group Stage for the last two seasons.
Astana showed to have a very different trend between home and away matches in the last Champions League edition: never beaten at home (including UCL Qualifiers), stopping Galatasaray, Benfica and Atletico Madrid, while when on the road they never won a game (4 draws and 3 losses) with only two goals scored.
We choose "The Bhoys".
Legia Warsaw showed better qualities than Trencin in the first leg ended 1-0 with the decisive goal scored by the habitual Nikolics, his 4th in UCL Qualifiers
after the 36 goals scored in the previous season between Polish League and European competitions.
Trencin have lost 4 of their 6 official matches keeping a clean sheet only once. Last defeat occurred on last Saturday vs the modest Zlate Moravce in a match where Trencin made no turnover in sight of the second clash vs Legia Warszaw.
We choose the Polish side.
Monaco-Fenerbahce is probably the big match of this UCL round. The draft was unlucky for the two clubs with qualities and a good history in the European competition.
Fenerbahce is favourite to progress after the 2-1 win in Turkey, but the goal scored by the holdover Radamel Falcao gives Monaco chances to prevail (1-0 would be enough).
Monaco can not count on the injured goalie De Sanctis but Kamil Glik could debut with his new team and also Bernardo Silva, relegated to the bench in the 1st leg, could figure in the starting lineup.
Fenerbahce's unavailable players are the banned olkan Sen and Alper Potuk and the injured goalkepper Volkan Demirel. The central back couple will be composed by Skrtel and Kjaer, who are both far from being agile and could have hard times in containing Monaco's skilled youngsters.
COPENHAGEN - ASTRA GIURGIU
HOME WIN (1.40)
HAPOEL BEER - OLYMPIACOS
OLYMPIACOS TO SCORE (1.25)
UNDER 1.5 1st HALF (1.30)
YOUNG BOYS BERN - SHAKHTAR DONETSK
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.70)
OVER 2.5 (1.65)
OVER 1.5 2nd HALF (1.80)
PAOK THESSALONIKI - AJAX
PAOK DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.90)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.80)
OVER 0.5 2nd HALF (1.25)
ANDERLECHT - ROSTOV
ANDERLECHT DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.70)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.65)
CELTIC - ASTANA
HOME WIN (1.58)
LEGIA WARSAW - TRENCIN
HOME WIN (1.77)
MONACO - FENERBAHCE
HOME WIN (1.83)
MONACO DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.65)