2019-20 UEFA Champions League – First Qualifying Round – Betting Preview

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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

Home Away 1 X 2 O/U 2.5
Shkendija Kalju 1.15 7.50 17.00 1.50/2.50
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
Valletta Dudelange 2.35 3.40 2.80 1.85/1.95
Feronikeli TNS 2.30 3.50 2.85 2.05/1.75
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

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