THERE are 10 place up for grabs in the Champions League tonight and tomorrow and we should be in for some excitement.
Celtic v Malmo was a thriller last week and I expect more of the same as the sides go toe to toe for a £20m jackpot and the chance to shine on Europe’s biggest stage.
It’s advantage the Scots after a 3-2 first-leg win and on the evidence of that match Celtic will score – and they’ll probably need to.
The Hoops are 8-15 at Ladbrokes to qualify but it looks short. It’s almost a 50-50 call so Malmo are big at 13-8 with Paddy Power if that’s who you fancy.
Best bet could be both to score at 4-7 at McBookie and Ladbrokes. Over 2.5 goals is bigger at 4-6 with Ladbrokes.
Jo Inge Berget was Malmo’s first-leg hero but Markus Rosenberg is back from a ban and more likely to hit the target. He is 6-1 at McBookie to score first and 21-10 to net.
Like Berget it was double delight for Leigh Griffiths in the first leg and he is 11-2 at McBookie to bag the opener and 31-20 to score.
Malmo are 13-8 at Betfred to win on the night while Celtic are 9-5 with William Hill and a draw 13-5 at McBookie.
There’s been a war of words since the first meeting and bad blood between the teams so a red is possible at 2-1 with William Hill.
The only result that can force is extra time is 3-2 Malmo and that pays 29-1 at 888sport.
Malmo are unbeaten at home to Scottish sides, seeing off Hibs 2-0 in 2013 and drawing 1-1 with Rangers in 2011. Malmo draw no bet pays 10-11 and looks a useful bet.
Celtic though have never lost in five outings against Swedes. They beat Helsingborgs 2-0 away from home in
a play-off in 2012, scoring in each half . To net in each half Celtic are 11-4 with Hills.
Elsewhere Monaco, quarter-finalists last season, face an almost impossible task of overturning a two-goal deficit at home to a quality Valencia side who are no bigger than 2-11 at Ladbrokes to qualify.
Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, who won away in last week’s first legs, should also stroll into the last 32 at the expense of Skenderbeu and Rapid Vienna respectively. Neither need to win but Shakhtar should do so but best price is 1-7 at boylesports.
Maccabi Tel Aviv are well placed to spring an upset after holding Swiss champions Basel 2-2 away in the first leg.
Revenge would be sweet for Maccabi, who were knocked out of both the Champions League and later the Europa League by Basel two seasons ago, and then saw the Swiss swoop for their coach Paulo Sousa. Best bet here looks to be both to score at 8-11 with bet365.
Malmo draw no bet
(10-11, William Hill)
Malmo v Celtic
Maccabi v Basel
Over 2.5 goals double
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