Champions League Playoffs 2nd Legs. Betting tips and previews of the 5 matches scheduled on Tuesday 23 August.
UCL Playoffs 2nd legs - betting tips & previews
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Previews and betting tips of the UCL Playoffs 2nd Legs matches scheduled on Tuesday 23 August.
After the 1-1 draw in Oporto on last Wednesday Roma and Porto meet again in Olimpico Stadium.
Italian side seem to be favourite since Porto are forced to score at least 1 goal to progress.
In the 1st Leg Roma played much better than Porto before the red card shown to Vermaelen in the last minutes of the 1st half.
Roma stayed on the defensive for the whole 2nd half and conceded the equalizer goal scored with a penalty kick.
Roma was obviously unable to hit with their fast counterattacks being in numerical inferiority but in this 2nd clash we expect to see Porto adopt an offensive gamestyle and in that case Roma can count on the pace of Bruno Peres, Naingoolan and mainly Salah.
Roma won with a convincing 4-0 over Udinese on last Saturday with 2 penalties scored by Perotti and the goals of Salah and Dzeko (the Bosnian striker seem to have found some confidence back after the failing past season).
Porto is undergoing a sort of transition phase since there are a lot of new players in the squad and they need time to find the right balance on the pitch as well as the harmony.
Also the coach has changed: Nuno Espirito Santo took the place of Peseiro and made a revolution: he excluded the central back Martins Indi, the brilliant Quintero and mainly Brahimi and Aboubakar, the topscorers of the past season.
Porto are working a lot in the current transfermarket and in the next week new arrivals are expected after the forenamed players tranfers.
We choose Roma in a match probably stuck in the first 20/30 minutes but ready to offer emotions in the 2nd half when in a way or another one of the 2 teams will be obliged to attack.
Celtic seemed to be very far from a place in the next Champions League about one month ago after the 1-0 defeat vs Lincoln in Gibraltar.
Instead, now Scottish side are really close to achieve their first target of the season after the 5-2 win over Hapoel Beer Sheva on last Wednesday.
The first leg has been more amusing than expected and that is probably due to the opener goal scored by Rogin after 9 minutes only that ruined Israeli side's intentions: defend and counterattack (Before that goal Hapoel had kept a clean sheet for three european matches in a row, not bad for such a team!).
Hapoel's inexperience in International competitions could be decisive again as home side are forced to be very offensive and that could mean leaving too many empty spaces to be attacked by "The Bhoys".
Nemanja Nikolic's goals are revealing decisive for Legia Warsaw, close to the access to the next Champions League edition after the 0-2 win on the road over
Dundalk: the Hungarian striker scored his 5th goal in the current UCL Qualifiers with a penalty kick before Aleksandar Prijovic doubled the score in the final minutes.
Very solid when defending and concrete when attacking, Besnik Hasi's team should get a positive result also in the second meeting with the opponents lacking the banned captain Stephen O'Donnell.
Viktoria Plzen got away Bulgaria with a 2-0 loss on last Wednesday after an awful performance of their defenders: a big mistake by Roman Hubnik costed a foul that gave
Ludogorets a penalty kick scored by Cosmin Moti before Vura doubled the score taking advantage of another big sleep of Viktoria's defenders.
Ludogorets have showed to be a very offensive team: they adopt a brilliant 4-3-3 very dangerous when attacking thanks to the good skills of the offensive players.
Tough match, but we like AWAY TEAM TO SCORE because Czech side need to score at least 2 goals and will be attacking since the beginning of the match and Ludogorets have already shown to be very incsive when counterattacking.
Villareal are on crysis looking at their first seasonal performances: the 1-2 defeat at "Madrigal" Stadium vs Monaco one week ago and the 1-1 draw with Granada
on last Saturday are signal that something is not working properly.
Actually this is not surprising as the coach Garcia Toral was fired 2 weeks ago after presumed conflicts with the club and part of the squad leaded by the central back Musacchio.
Changing the coach 2 weeks before the start of the Liga is far away from being a wise choice (look at Inter annnihilated by Chievo 2-0 on Sunday).
Monaco, instead, after a 2-2 draw at home vs Guingamp in the 1st Ligue 1 round, have then obtained a good 0-1 win at Nantes although the consistent turnover made in sight of the second meeting vs Villareal.
Another big lack for the Spanish side is the serious injury occurred to Soldado (out for the next 6 months) who joins Bakambu, Dos Santos, Cheryshev and Bonera who are all unavailable for this game.
Too many problems for Villareal and the 1st Leg result set Monaco clearly as favourite to join the next Champions League Group Stage.
ROMA - PORTO
ROMA DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.50)
OVER 1.5 2nd HALF (2.10)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1
HAPOEL BEER SHEVA - CELTIC GLASGOW
CELTIC DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.90)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-2
LEGIA WARSAW - DUNDALK
HOME WIN (1.40)
LEGIA DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.35)
OVER 1.5 HOME TEAM (1.57)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-0
VIKTORIA PLZEN - LUDOGORETS RAZGRAD
AWAY TEAM TO SCORE (1.50)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-1
MONACO - VILLAREAL
HOME TEAM TO SCORE IN THE 2nd HALF (1.80)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.83)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-1