RESULTS weren’t great again in the Champions League qualifiers but at least I got my money back on one Super Single as Midtyjlland hit a late second to beat Lincoln Red Imps 2-0.
I was unlucky with my other tip as Elfsborg beat Randers 1-0 – but the goal came in extra time and four minutes too late for me.
There are another eight Champions League qualifiers tonight including Stjarnan v Celtic and Dundalk v BATE. I’ll put up a separate preview on the Celtic game and I expect them to go through comfortably after their 2-0 first-leg win.
Dundalk performed well in Belarus and there’s no doubt they have a chance after losing 2-1. They have scored in 28 consecutive matches so should do so again but whether they can keep it tight at the back is another question. Both to score is a shout here and I may be tempted by a small bet on the Irish.
For the Top Treble I’m on Celtic, btts at Dundalk and Videoton to beat The New Saints. The Welsh champs put up a fight at home before going down 1-0 and I expect them to find it tougher going in Hungary.
Qarabag were held by Rudar in Azerbaijan but are determined to get it right on the road and set up a likely clash with Celtic. I was tempted by Qarabag but after a 0-0 last week best bet could be under 2.5 goals as Montenegro champs Rudar have conceded just once on their last eight matches.
Of the other games Astana trail Maribor 1-0 approaching their home leg and this will be another close call while Steaua Bucharest and Lech Poznan are just about through after 2-0 wins away to Trencin and Sarajevo respectively.
The pressure’s on Dinamo Zagreb to get it right after being held 1-1 by Luxembourg minnows Fola Esch last week. The Croat champs were as short as 1-20 to win so the result was a major shock.
Two seasons ago Dinamo won 5-0 away to Fola in a qualifier and you have to expect them to improve on their woeful first-leg display. They are short at 3-10 with Ladbrokes but should win and by at least two which pays 10-11 at Paddy Power.
I’m taking a chance on Dinamo -1 for one Super Single and another is Celtic to win to nil. The Scots are boosted by the return of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk as they aim to maintain their run of victories and clean sheets against Icelandic opposition.
Again there are a few friendlies and exhibitions to look at and keep an eye on the comments section for some good steers regarding team news. Dundee United for example have had a dire pre-season with QPR naming a strong side including Charlie Austin I’m on them at 2-5 with bet365 at Barnet. In fact I’m adding QPR -1 at 11-10 for a late Super Single.
And later we have the Gold Cup semi-finals between USA-Jamaica and Mexico-Panama. USA and Mexico are expected to go through and I may put up some tips late on – depending on how my earlier bets go.
1.5pts Super Singles
Dinamo Zagreb -1 (7pm)
(10-11, Paddy Power)
Celtic to win to nil (8.15pm)
(5-4, McBookie, BetVictor)
QPR -1 (7.45pm)
1pt Top Treble
Dundalk v BATE btts (7.45pm)
July Super Single record
29 bets (14 winners, 15 losers)
July Daily Double/Top Treble record
15 bets (1 winner, 14 losers)
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