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Champions League Qualifying Rounds Preview

03 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Champions League Qualifying Rounds Preview

The new season of Champions League football starts here with a five-fold that offers sizzling profits

Ah, isn’t it good to see European football back. After a thrilling climax to last year’s competition, in which Barcelona defeated Juventus to claim their fifth Champions League trophy, the new season starts here at Betway with a 25/1 fivefold on a selection of strong home sides. Messi, Ronaldo and co may not be in action, but this shouldn’t stop you getting your season off to a winning start.

AS Monaco to beat Young Boys – 4/11

AS Monaco were one of the stories of last year’s competition. They romped through their group, downed Zenit, shocked Arsenal, and narrowly lost out to eventual finalists Juventus. With obvious fire in the bellies from this success, Monaco have used their seemingly endless bank balance to strengthen ahead of the new campaign, signing the likes of El Shaarawy from Milan and Mario Pasalic from Chelsea. Young Boys have very little recent Champions League experience, and it could certainly be a case of Men VS Boys in this one.

Molde to beat Dinamo Zagreb – 9/5

Most experts were expecting a comfortable Zagreb win when Molde travelled to the Stadium Maksimir last week, but it was the away sides battling spirit that helped gain them a creditable 1-1 draw. This ‘never say die’ attitude epitomises what Molde are all about, and the Norwegian outfit will be heavily backed by a passionate home crowd to get through this one. It is at home where Molde have had the vast majority of their success, picking up over 60% of all accumulated points at the Aker Stadion last season. They will be encouraged by Zagreb’s recent shaky results in Europe and have all the tools to create an upset here.

Ajax to beat Rapid Vienna – 10/11

Four times champions of Europe, Ajax, will enter their clash against Rapid Vienna with confidence, after stringing up a superb run of form at the end of last season. The Dutch outfit lost just one of their last 13 late season fixtures, resulting in them finishing runners up to PSV Eindhoven. In recent years they have been consistent, yet unspectacular in the Champions League, regularly reaching the group stages before succumbing to the likes of Real Madrid. This is more than can be said for Rapid Vienna however, as they represent a team more accustomed to Europa League football. Back an Ajax win here.

APOEL Nicosia to beat FC Midtjylland – 10/11

FC Midtjylland are a team not exactly known for their prowess in European football, and this situation looks unlikely to change come Tuesday night. Contrastingly APOEL have had considerable success in this elite competition over the last few years, reaching the group stages in consecutive years, and making a shock run to the quarter finals in 2012. APOEL were relatively comfortable 2-1 winners away from home in the first leg, and the only thing that looks likely to stop another Nicosia victory is complacency.

Shakhtar Donetsk to beat Fenerbahce – 5/6

Shakhtar Donetsk have enjoyed an excellent start to their season, winning all three league fixtures and taming a raucous Turkish crowd to claim a commendable 0-0 with Fenerbahce in the first qualifying leg. The tides now turn for Fenerbahce as they face the intimidating task of travelling to the Donbass Arena. Shakhtar were imperious in front of their own fans last year winning just over 70% of home fixtures, which resulted in a second placed league finish, and a run to the Champions League round of 16. Many people are predicting more positive results from them this year.

A £10 bet on this fivefold will return £255.12

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