FOR the second day in a row my only tip was a winning double and for the second day in a row the Super Single I planned to put won – but that’s the way it goes.
The double was Astana, who netted an injury-time winner, and both to score at Sparta Prague v CSKA Moscow and that paid 13-8.
I picked a Super Single for the Daily Record – HT 0-0 in the Celtic game at 6-4 – but that was because my preview only covered that match.
It was tipped in the Qarabag-Celtic post and from comment was backed too. The one that got away from me was Malmo who I quite fancied to beat Red Bull Salzburg and I even wrote “to qualify at 12-1 with BetVictor is less likely but achievable if they don’t concede”. I really hope some people backed it – I considered it but didn’t.
We move seamlessly from the Champions League to the Europa League and sides in action include Aberdeen, West Ham and Southampton. The Dons have a 50-50 chance against Kairat Almaty, Saints have done the hard work after winning the first leg 3-0 and the Hammers have a chance away to Astra if they keep 11 men on the park.
The likes of Dortmund and Athletic Bilbao should stroll through after first-leg wins and who knows how Sampdoria will approach their match at Vojvodina after losing the first leg 4-0.
For a Daily Double I’m on Rubin Kazan at home to Sturm Graz at a decent price of 4-6 at Ladbrokes and that’s already been cut. The Russians are building a decent European pedigree and having won 3-2 in Austria should be able to repeat the success.
I’m ignoring a lot of smaller-priced sides and adding Gothenburg at home to Belenenses. The Swedish league leaders, who won 6-0 against Orebro at the weekend, were reportedly the better side in the first leg despite losing 2-1.
That six-show was their best of the season and they should have the confidence to taker the game to the Portuguese.
For the Super Single I’ve decided to take a chance on Omonia Nicosia at 1-1 with Ladbrokes at home to Brondby. The Cypriots put up the shutters to draw 0-0 in Denmark but are likely to make it an uncomfortable trip for their visitors in near-40 degrees temperatures.
Omonia have some quality players and a good home record while Brondby lost 2-0 to Hobro at the weekend and have injury problems to key players.
I’ll post a separate preview on the Aberdeen game and nothing will be added to the tips on Thursday as I’m away all day at a betting festival down south. I’d normally have spent a few hours checking team news in the morning and adding reasoning for the both to score treble but can’t do that so I hope the quality of the tips are not affected.
1.85pts Super Single
Omonia Nicosia (5pm)
(1-1, Ladbrokes, William Hill)
1.5pts Daily Double
Rubin Kazan (5pm)
1pt both to score treble
Odd v Elfsborg (6pm)
Vitesse v Southampton (7pm)
Rosenborg v Debrecen (7pm)
August Super Single Total
3 bets (3 winners)
7 bets (4 winners, 3 losers)
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