The second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League begins Tuesday with five games on the schedule. The first legs are always intriguing, so we bring you our Champions League betting preview with all need-to-know tips and analysis.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
- Viktoria Plzen vs. Olympiakos
- Saburtalo Tbilisi vs. Dinamo Zagreb
- PSV vs. Basel
- TNS vs. FC Copenhagen
- Sutjeska vs. APOEL
You can notice some familiar names at this stage, and we’ll see a couple of great games in Plzen and Eindhoven. Viktoria Plzen is a slight 2.50 fave to beat the Greek vice-champions, but I would avoid betting on this clash.
The hosts have started their domestic campaign, recording two wins over Sigma Olomouc 3-1 at home and Liberec 2-1 on the road. On the other side, Olympiakos is undefeated in eight friendlies this summer, tallying three wins and five draws in the process.
If you are looking for smaller wages, taking a double chance on Plzen seems like a nice option. Plzen won nine of its last ten outings at home along with a draw, while Olympiakos lost three of its previous four road contests in the European competitions.
PSV welcomes Basel as a firm 1.50 fave to win the first leg. The bookies could be underestimating the visitors here, while the odds on both teams to find the net are quite tempting at 1.90. PSV allowed at least a goal in six of its last nine showings at home, but this is another tough game to bet on.
Elsewhere, Saburtalo Tbilisi hosts Dinamo Zagreb, and the visitors are huge 1.25 favorites to take the first leg. Saburtalo upset Sheriff Tiraspol in the previous round, but Dinamo should be too much for the Georgian champs. However, the odds are not attractive, but you can take Dinamo to win and score two or more goals at 1.50 odds.
As well as Dinamo, FC Copenhagen is a 1.25 fave to beat TNS on the road. Copenhagen won both games at the start of the Danish Superliga and should have an easy job against the Saints who barely eliminated Feronikeli in the first round. I would go with the visitors to win and score at least twice.
Finally, Sutjeska welcomes APOEL in Niksic, Montenegro, and the Blues have already upset the odds in the previous round. Sutjeska eliminated Slovan Bratislava on penalties, but the Blues will have another tall task against APOEL.
The visitors are 1.50 favorites, and they won eight of their last 13 games away from home along with four stalemates and a loss. APOEL should win this game, but I would rather go with Dinamo or Copenhagen on the road.
I’m not thrilled with Tuesday’s matchups, but Wednesday could bring some interesting picks. Also, stay tuned for more UEFA Europa League betting tips and predictions.
My Picks: Dinamo Zagreb and FC Copenhagen to Win & Over 1.5 Goals; PSV vs. Basel BTTS YES