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There are seven Champions League third qualifying round fixtures on Tuesday as Scottish champions Rangers enter qualifying for a place in Europe’s top competition, while big guns Shakhtar Donetsk and PSV Eindhoven are also in action.
We’ve got predictions for each game and have put together a tempting four-fold accumulator ahead of the action!
14/1 Champions League acca predictions
Malmo FF vs Rangers
Both teams to score at 5/6 – ⭐⭐
Malmo conceded in both legs of the previous round against HJK, and Latvian minnows Riga scored in a drawn first round second leg, so Rangers will fancy their chances of grabbing a goal.
Steven Gerrard’s side scored in all of their European away games last season and their form on the road was exceptional, which is why we like their chances of bagging here.
Olympiacos vs Ludogorets
Olympiacos to win at 13/20 – ⭐⭐⭐
Olympiakos have an awesome record at their Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium base and are unbeaten in their last eight home games, with their last loss coming at the hands of Arsenal in last season’s Europa League.
Ludogorets have won 1-0 in Belarus against Soligorsk before being held to a 0-0 draw by Mura in Slovenia in the earlier qualifying rounds, but Olympiacos will provide a far sterner test.
Genk vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar to win at 6/5 – ⭐⭐
Genk have conceded eight goals in three games so far this season. Shakhtar won at Real Madrid and drew away with Inter Milan last season, while the Ukrainian outfit have won both of their domestic league games this season.
CFR Cluj vs Young Boys
Young Boys to win at 7/5 – ⭐⭐⭐
Cluj have made hard work of Champions League qualifying so far as they scraped through against Bosnia’s Borac Banja Luka 4-3 on aggregate, before beating Gibraltarian minnows Lincoln 4-1 over the two legs. We’re expecting the Romanian outfit to fall short against Young Boys, who are unbeaten after four games this season in all competitions.
Other Champions League predictions
Sparta Prague vs Monaco
Sparta double chance (win or draw) at 11/10 – ⭐⭐
Sparta came through a tough tie against a solid Rapid Vienna outfit in the previous round after fighting back from a 2-1 first-leg deficit to win the tie 3-2. Sparta have played two and won two at their Letna Stadium home this season, and going back into the previous campaign have just one defeat in their last 13 competitive home games, winning the other 12.
This will be Monaco’s first competitive game of the new season and although they may ultimately win the tie we feel they will have some work to do in the return leg at the Stade Louis II.
PSV Eindhoven vs Midtjylland
Over 2.5 goals at 7/10 – ⭐⭐
Backing goals when PSV play is always enticing because boss Roger Schmidt sets his team up to attack and we see no reason to look anywhere else but for goals here.
At least three goals have been scored in 16 of PSV’s last 22 home games (since start of 2020-21 season). Five of the last nine Midtjylland games have featured at least three goals (3.22 on average).
Crvena Zvezda vs Sheriff Tiraspol
Crvena Zvezda -1 at 20/21 – ⭐⭐
Crvena Zvezda are yet to concede at home this season after three games, winning two and drawing one, and they managed 18 wins in 19 home league games last season, drawing once.
We feel the Belgrade outfit should be able to come through as comfortable winners and we’re backing them with a -1 handicap, as they have managed 18 goals – conceding just twice – in their last six home matches.
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