The UEFA Champions League continues with the second legs of the first qualifying round on Tuesday. There are six games across Europa, so let’s take a closer look and find the best betting picks.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
|FC Saburtalo||Sheriff Tiraspol||3.00||3.50||2.25||1.80/2.00|
|HB Torshavn||HJK Helsinki||5.25||3.75||1.65||1.85/1.95|
|Red Star Belgrade||Suduva||1.15||7.50||17.00||1.55/2.35|
Shkendija defeated Kalju 1-0 in the first leg in Estonia thanks to a penalty kick late in the second half. Still, Shkendija dominated its rival, keeping the ball in possession for 68% of the time while taking 20 shots towards Kalju’s goalkeeper.
I expect to see more of the same on this one, and I hope someone will break the deadlock early in the game. Hereof, I’m backing the over on the totals, while picking the hosts to cover a 1.5-goal spread should be another interesting option.
Red Star Belgrade blew a few scoring opportunities in the first leg, earning just a goalless draw at Suduva, so the Serbian champion will have to be careful in the second leg. Suduva will defend with all ten players, but I think Red Star is a much better team and will win by two or more goals.
Elsewhere, FC Saburtalo hosts Sheriff Tiraspol after a surprising 3-0 road victory in the first leg. Sheriff needs a three-goal victory here, so picking the over on the totals is a reasonable choice.
HJK Helsinki visits HB Torshavn and should have an easy job to clinch the second round after a 3-0 victory at home. Valletta welcomes Dudelange following a thrilling 2-2 draw in the first leg, and we should see another BTTS, considering the visitors will have to score if they want to proceed further.
Finally, Feronikeli hosts TNS after a 2-2 stalemate in the first leg. TNS had a two-goal lead until the 89th minute of the game, and I expect to see another thrilling clash in Kosovo. The visitors will have to push forward at some point, so we should see at least a couple of goals in the total.
My Picks: Red Star AH-1.5 & Shkendija Over 2.5 Goals