Champions League betting tips: Young Boys to finish job
Preview and odds for Wednesday’s qualifiers
The Champions League qualifiers continue on Wednesday and we look at a selection of those matches in our Champions League betting tips.
Neftci Baku v Olympiakos
Olympiakos grabbed a 1-0 win over Azerbaijan’s Neftci in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier and are 19/20 to win the second leg.
Guinea international Mohamed Camara secured the victory with his 29th minute goal at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki from a corner swung in by Mathieu Valbuena.
However, Olympiakos, on an unbeaten run of seven at home going into the game, were forced to play with 10 men after the goalscorer was sent off in the 43rd minute following a bicycle-kick challenge which caught Namik Alaskarov in the head. Camara will miss the second leg at the Bakcell Arena in Baku.
However, Neftci will also miss a significant contributor in this second leg as on-loan central defender Mert Celik was also given his marching orders after 63 minutes.
Neftci went into the first leg on the back of five successive victories, having disposed of Dinamo Tbilisi with respective home and away 2-1 victories in the first qualifying round.
Neftci are 11/2 to win the home leg and three of their last four European games have each yielded three goals. It is 5/6 that three or more total goals will be scored in the second leg while the draw is available at 10/3 in the Champions League betting tips.
Young Boys v Slovan Bratislava
Swiss side Young Boys are 2/5 to win the second leg after their 0-0 draw in Bratislava.
Young Boys have had little competitive action of late but their only defeat in their last 10 games came when putting out an under-strength side in a friendly with Austrian Second Division club Altach, losing 1-0.
As expected, Young Boys had much the better of the first leg, boasting 62% possession, and they are 5/4 to score in both halves.
Managed by former Huddersfield boss David Wagner, Young Boys registered 11 shots and won five corners but could not find a way to take a lead back to the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern.
Slovan, who previously saw off Shamrock Rovers in the first qualifying round, lost their away tie 2-1 in Ireland but that was their first defeat in nine in all competitions and Vladimir Weiss’ side are becoming a tough nut to crack.
The closest Bratislava have come to the group stages was in the 2014-15 season, when they fell to BATE Borisov at the final hurdle.
Champions League betting tips reveal this will be the sides’ fourth meeting, the Swiss club winning both of their previous Europa League games in the 2014-15 group stage by an aggregate score of 8-1.
Sparta Prague v Rapid Vienna
Sparta Prague hope to turn around a 2-1 first-leg deficit and are 19/20 to win the second leg.
Their first meeting in the Allianz Stadium was an open game, with the hosts registering 15 shots while Sparta Prague managed 11 strikes.
Sparta took the lead within three minutes as Ladislav Krejci got on the end of captain Borek Dockal’s long ball and slotted home and goalkeeper Richard Strebinger had to be at his best to deny the striker a few minutes later.
That miss proved pivotal as Rapid hit back in the second half, with Christoph Knasmullner clipping home a delightful leveller after 63 minutes. He grabbed the second eight minutes later after Robert Ljubicic broke swiftly and put him through.
It is 22/1 that Rapid Vienna lead at half-time but Sparta lead at full-time in the second leg.
Rapid Vienna are 14/5 to win the match and book their place against Monaco in the next round in the Champions League betting tips.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication