Aug 24: Champions League Preview

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AFTER last night’s drama we have five more Champions League qualifiers as the group-stage line-up is completed.

Celtic, Porto, Ludogerets, Legia Warsaw and Monaco made it through last night with varying degrees of ease.

It was a tough 90 minutes for Celtic who scraped through 5-4 on aggregate after losing 2-0 away to Hapoel Beer Sheva. Barring a strange set of results they will be in pot four with the likes of Monaco, Legia – who made work of getting past Dundalk – and Ludogerets who eased past Plzen.

Like Celtic the hard work was done by Man City in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

A fabulous 5-0 rout of Steaua Bucharest makes tonight’s return a formality and Pep Guardiola will rest many of his main men.

That includes Sergio Aguero who missed two penalties in Romania then hit a hat-trick. The Argentine has netted six times this season in three matches and will be given a well-deserved rest.

Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to start after signing a new long-term deal last week. The Nigerian always seem to make things happen and he put two on a plate for new boy Nolito when he appeared in the second half at Stoke.

Iheanacho had the best goals-per-minute ratio in the Premier League last season with a strike every 93.9 minutes. He netted eight times from 11 starts and if he gets the nod tonight back him to score at 5-6 with bet365.

To score first he is 7-2 at bet365 while ex-Celta Vigo ace Nolito is 4-1 with Ladbrokes.

City are no bigger than 2-9 at Betfred to win the match and should do so comfortably against the rocked Romanians. Consider City minus one at 11-20 at boylesports.

Apart from Aguero’s two misses City have been awarded – and scored – another two penalties in Guardiola’s first three games as well as conceding one at Stoke.

Chances of another penalty being given tonight look high and betfair offer 3-1.

Elsewhere there should be plenty of goals at Monchengladbach who lead Young Boys 3-1 from the Swiss leg. Back both to score at 8-15 with Ladbrokes.

Rostov held Ajax 1-1 in Holland and I expect them to complete the job in Russia. They are a best 13-8 with William Hill and bet365.

Red Bull Salzburg also start at home level at 1-1 with Dinamo Zagreb and are 4-6 with William Hill to win in Austria.

The tie that’s most balanced is Apoel v Copenhagen after the Danes won 1-0 at home. Apoel are 7-4 at Betfred to win on the night and should go through if they don’t concede an away goal.

Bets to Consider

Man City -1

Iheanacho to score first

Rostov

Monchengladbach v Young Boys over 2.5 goals

 

1 Comment
  1. Profile photo of masimba
    masimba 3 months ago

    Champions league double..

    Man city -1
    Borussia Monche

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