Champions League, 2nd Qualifying Round, 1st Leg: Best Betting Tips

Alex Campean

Monday, July 23, 2018 7:29 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 23, 2018 7:29 PM UTC

The most important European football competition, Champions League returns with the qualifying stages for the 2018/19 season.

<h2 style="text-align:center">CFR Cluj (Romania) vs. Malmo (Sweden)</h2><p>The Romanian and Swedish champions have never met in a competitive match prior to this game on Tuesday. After a poor half to their domestic season, Malmo are back in business, being unbeaten in their last 7 matches across all competition. They’ve already tasted UCL football this season beating Drita from Kosovo in both legs without conceding goal. They enter this match on the back of an important victory, 2-1 away at Orebro in Allsvenskan’s round 14 resting both stars Markus Rosenberg and Eric Larson who will surely start against CFR Cluj. More than that, they signed 3 strong players few weeks ago (Christiansen, Antonsson şi Romain Gall) all three of them having the right to play in the UCL qualifying campaign.</p><p>We expect an intense match with both teams trying to win and have an easier 2nd leg. CFR Cluj have just started their 2018/19 domestic campaign having just 2 matches under their belt, winning the Romanian Super Cup 1-0 vs. CSU Craiova but being held to a 1-1 draw by Botosani in the opening round. Malmo have a better fit squad being in the middle of their domestic season and despite losing 11 of their last 14 away games across all competitions we don’t expect them to lose this 1st leg.</p><p><strong>Best pick for the match:</strong> Malmo Draw Double Chance at 1.72 with <a href=";a=26ea6fa8-c86d-4d9d-9328-b4c0b06702ae&amp;f=2" rel="nofollow">Unibet</a>.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">PAOK (Greece) vs. Basel (Switzerland)</h2><p>The Greek side enter Tuesday's match on the back of a very solid season and pre-season campaign. Last season they’ve finished 2nd in the standings 6 points behind AEK Athens but above Olympiakos Piraeus having the chance to play Champions League qualifiers. They have a poor record in the UCL qualifying campaigns being yet to register a win, losing 5 and drawing 5 matches at this stage. Basel are an experienced side, qualifying in the group stages from the last 2 seasons. Not just that, but last season they’ve finished 2nd behind Manchester United qualifying in the knock-out stages where they’ve lost in a double-leg tie to the Premier League champions Manchester City.</p><p>They should be able to qualify further but that doesn’t mean that this game will be a walk in the park. They are missing some important players for the 1st leg (Balanta, Campo, Cumart, Kuzmanovic, Signori, Xhaka) all injured, so we believe it’s better to skip the winners market and focus on the goals market. We expect an exciting match with an amazing atmosphere as the stadium will be fully packed with some of the best fans in the world.</p><p><strong>Best pick for the match:</strong> Over 2.25 goals AH at 1.86 with <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f" rel="nofollow">Bet365</a>.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Celtic (Scotland) vs. Rosenborg (Norway)</h2><p>The 2 sides will meet Wednesday for the 2nd campaign in a row in the same stage of the UCL qualifiers. Rosenborg will try to revenge last year result when they lost the double-leg with 1-0 on aggregate. Celtic will be without Simunovic, red-carded against Alashkert, but also the 3 star-players, Moussa Dembele, Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig are doubtful.</p><p>Cristian Gamboa and Tom Rogic are back to their club after the World Cup campaign and are expected to be part of the starting XI. Celtic have the 1st chance to win this encounter but Nicklas Bendtner and Co. will still pose a threat to Celtic’s UCL qualification hopes. We expect a home win in a high-scoring affair.</p><p><strong>Best pick for the match:</strong> Over 2.5 goals at 1.8 with <a href=";a=32b59d0e-2bfb-43ac-987d-fd24429abae0" rel="nofollow">Betfair</a>.</p>
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