Champions League Tips | 24th July 2018
Ross Casey looks at the best bets available for Tuesday night’s Champions League qualifiers.
Both teams top score
PAOK home matches tend to be high scoring games with over 2.5 goals yielding a profit in nine of PAOK’s last ten on home soil. That will be music to ears of many punters backing the Greek side as Basel have been in terrible form. The Swiss outfit had lost three friendlies on the spin, while conceding 11 goals in the process before losing to St Gallen in their season opener.
However, it isn’t all bad news for them as going forward they remain a threat. Both teams to score has landed in four of their last five matches and I beleive that will be the case again on Tuesday night with the stat that PAOK have shipped at least once in each of their six warm-up fixtures.
So my selection for PAOK v Basel is both teams to score at evens thanks to both sides looking susceptible at the back heading into this Champions League fixture.
Dinamo Zagreb to win
Hapoel won their last round tie 7-2 on aggregate, but they have a horrible record when playing away from home in these later qualifying matches. They conceded a total of eight goals against Celtic and Ludogorets away from home in their past two seasons, and despite Zagreb not starting their season yet, you have to fancy the Croatians here.
Whilst you can’t read too much into friendlies, they are unbeaten in nine matches and have kept six clean sheets in their last seven matches at home. I recommend backing a Dinamo Zagreb win here with Champions League odds of evens.
Ross’ Champions League Tips