Wednesday??s Champions League Betting
This evening sees the final eleven games from the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Who will progress to the final qualifying round? BetRepublic previews a selection of games here.
Rosenborg v Linfield Soccer Betting Tip :
After claiming a shock 0-0 draw last week, the Northern Irish champions are still in this tie and they travel to Norway with a chance of eliminating their more illustrious opponents. Can they do so though? Books don't think so, making Rosenborg 1/12 favourites to win this match in normal time, with Linfield available at 16/1 and the draw at 13/2.
With odds that short the bookmakers clearly believe that this game is going to be a walk in the park for the 2009 Norwegian league champions. However, Rosenborg had won eight straight matches prior to the draw with Linfield last week and ended up drawing their second game in a row following last week's fixture in Belfast.
At home Rosenborg are a tough proposition having won eight and drawn three of their last eleven games in a run that stretches back to April. They have also kept seven clean sheets in their last nine home matches, and with Linfield likely to play 4-5-1 again I feel that Rosenborg will win this game to nil as well, but they will have to work hard for it.
My money is on the game to be level at half time with Rosenborg going on to win the game at odds of 3/1 and there to be less than 2.5 goals in the match at 13/8.
Debreceni VSC v Levadia Tallinn:
This tie is another match that is far from certain, with the Hungarian champions bringing back a 1-1 draw from their travels to Estonia last week. Debrecen made the group stages of the Champions League last year, can they beat the Estonian champions and book their place in the final qualifying round this evening? Online sportsbooks make Debrecen the favourites to win in normal time at odds of 2/5, whole Levadia can be backed at 13/2 and the draw is available at 11/4.
The first leg match between these two sides was an entertaining encounter with plenty of chances and action and the Estonian champions looked to have victory sown up as they took the lead on the hour but Debrecen clawed their way back with an injury time equaliser. That goal was the first goal that Levadia had conceded in five matches and they got back to their clean sheet ways again last weekend with a 5-0 away win in the league.
Debrecen did not play as their domestic season is yet to begin, but having reached the group stages last season they should have enough quality to win this game, but will they?
Levadia will be highly confident form and I feel that they could upset the favourites here, maybe not by winning but by not losing at least. As a result i'm backing the draw @ 11/4 in this match and splitting my stakes on the correct scores of 1-1 @ 13/2 and 2-2 @ 16/1.
FH Hafnarfjordur v BATE Borisov:
After a thrilling end to the first leg tie that saw all six goals scored in the second half, and four in the last five minutes, BATE take a commanding lead into this game and look to assured their passage into the third qualifying round. After winning 5-1 and holding a four goal advantage, will they slack off in this game and allow FH Hafnarfjordur to claim an unlikely win?
BATE are the 8/11 favourites to win this match within ninety minutes, with FH available at 14/5 and the draw can be backed at 5/2. Will the game go according to these odds though?
I don't feel that it will as FH will want to go out of the tournament proving that they are worthy of a place in it and they will play their hardest to get themselves a goal or two, while BATE are comfortable and with their domestic season not having started yet they will treat this more as a training session than a competitive tie. However, BATE still have enough to win this game easily and I see them winning and there being a few goals in the game. As a result i'll be backing BATE to win @ 5/6 and over 2.5 goals to be scored at odds of 4/6.
Draw/Rosenborg HT/FT @ 3/1
Under 2.5 goals to be scored in Rosenborg v Linfield @ 13/8
Debreceni VSC v Levadia Tallinn to end as a draw @ 11/4
Split your stakes on 1-1 @ 13/2 and 2-2 @ 16/1 in the Debreceni v Levadia game
BATE Borisov to beat FH Hafnarfjordur @ 5/6
More than 2.5 goals to be scored in the BATE v FH game @ 4/6
You can check out more tips at Soccer Betting Tip