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Champions League play off preview

17 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Champions League play off preview

Wednesday’s 180/1 Champions League playoff accumulator is simply too good to miss

8/15 – Basel to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv

Last year’s Swiss Super League champions, Basel, have carried their dominance into the new campaign, winning all five of their league fixtures, whilst remaining untouchable in the Champions League qualifying stages. It is in Europe that Basel have had considerable success in recent years, regularly reaching the group stages of the Champions League, and making a run to the Europa League semi final in 2013 before being eventually downed by Chelsea. This European pedigree alone should be enough to scare off Maccabi Tel Aviv, a team with little Champions League experience who traditionally struggle on the road.

4/5 – Valencia to beat AS Monaco

Only Barcelona and Real Madrid were statistically stronger at home than Valencia last season, and it is this form at the Mestalla Stadium that makes Nuno Santo’s side justifiably warm favourites to beat Monaco. AS Monaco were the Champions League’s surprise side last year, frustrating the likes of Zenit St Petersburg and Arsenal with mastermind-like defensive displays. This negative style of play is unlikely to reap the rewards against a Valencia side oozing firepower in the form of Negredo, Piatti, and Rodrigo however. A comfortable home victory looks on the cards.

13/10 – Shakhtar Donetsk to beat Rapid Vienna

Shakhtar Donetsk’s 3-0 aggregate triumph over Fenerbahce in the previous Champions League qualifying round demonstrated again just what a competent outfit they are in Europe. Shakhtar have excelled in elite competitions in recent years, qualifying from the Champions League group stages last season, and reaching the quarter finals in 2011. These results go hand in hand with a Europa League victory in 2009, and consistent dominance of the Ukrainian Premier League. Donetsk are 13/10 shots for victory away at Rapid Vienna, and this is a superb price, especially when considering the hosts lack of experience and quality at this level.

4/7 – Celtic to beat Malmo FF

Celtic are 1/33 to continue their dominance of Scottish football, and it is this ease in which they are likely to win the league that gives them freedom to go all out in Europe. The Hoops have enjoyed considerable success in recent campaigns in the Champions League, defeating the likes of Inter Milan and Barcelona. They have started this European campaign in similarly positive fashion, winning three out of their four fixtures against FK Qarabag and Stjarnan. With the backing of a passionate Celtic Park crowd they can get the job done against a solid Malmo outfit.

9/10 – Dinamo Zagreb to beat Skenderbeu

Little known European minnows Skenderbeu face the biggest match in the clubs history on Wednesday, but amongst all the anticipation and excitement, it is Dinamo Zagreb who are widely expected to play the role of party poopers. Dinamo travel to Albania armed with quality in all areas, with the likes of Angelo Henriquez and Ante Coric expected to cause a weak Skenderbeu back line all sorts of problems. Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic has got his side playing resolute efficient football, and they won’t be fazed by this potentially tricky trip.

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