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.
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.
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
Monchengladbach v Young Boys over 2.5 goals