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

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The UEFA Champions League continues with second legs of the second qualifying round, and seven games are scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, 2019, so we’ve prepared a betting preview with important tips and analysis.  

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

  • APOEL vs. Sutjeska
  • Nomme Kalju vs. Celtic
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. CFR Cluj
  • Basel vs. PSV
  • Dinamo Zagreb vs. Saburtalo Tbilisi
  • Valletta vs. Ferencvarosi
  • Olympiakos vs. Plzen  

A couple of matchups seem already decided whereas Celtic thrashed off Kalju 5-0 at home, while Dinamo outlasted Saburtalo 2-0 on the road. Celtic is a 1.20 fave to grab another victory, and the Hoops should cover a one-goal spread at 1.60 odds.

On the other side, the price on Dinamo to win by two or more goals is 1.40 even though the Blues had some problems to beat Saburtalo in Tbilisi. The Georgian champs will have to push forward in numbers here, so I expect Dinamo to score a few goals in front of the home fans.

The similar story is with APOEL who beat Sutjeska 1-0 in the first leg. APOEL is arguably a better team than the Montenegrin champions, and I expect the hosts to easily win the second leg. The odds at 1.12 tell you a lot, so taking APOEL to cover the spread looks like the only choice.

Ferencvarosi defeated Valletta 3-1 at home last week, and I expect the Hungarian champions to score a couple of goals in the second leg at 1.55 odds. Valletta needs to score at least twice and keep its net intact, but Ferencvarosi is a way better team and should hit the hosts on a counter.

Elsewhere, we have three very interesting contests that are pretty tricky to bet on. Basel hosts PSV after a 3-2 loss in Eindhoven, and I think we should see both teams scoring once again with the odds at 1.50. Including friendlies, 12 of Basel’s last 13 games saw both teams scoring, while both Basel and PSV struggle at the defensive end.  

Maccabi welcomes Cluj, and I would completely avoid betting on this clash. Cluj won the first leg at home 1-0, so I expect to see a cautious approach on both sides. On the other hand, a quick opener will change the things a lot, but I still don’t feel comfortable about this tilt.

Finally, Olympiakos will face off against Plzen, and the first leg was ended in a goalless draw. I was pretty sure Plzen will stay unbeaten last week, but the second leg could easily go either way. Hereof, it’s another clash to avoid.

Wednesday brings five games, so stay tuned for more Champions League betting picks and predictions.

My Picks: Ferencvarosi Over 1.5 Goals & Basel vs. PSV Both Teams to Score YES

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