Levadia Tallinn [1.98] v Crusaders [4.3]; The Draw [3.75]
Crusaders’ first experience of Champions League football this century threatens to be a miserable one following a first-leg stalemate with Levadia Tallinn in Belfast. Still, a score draw will do and isn’t out of the question given that their hosts’ only Champions League victories in nine came against Sammarinese side La Florita.
Whatever happens outcome-wise, under 2.5 goals has to be rated an appealing bet at [2.04] given both the absence of goals in the initial clash and the fact that the aforementioned La Florita breeze was the only of Levadia’s past six home games in the competition to deliver over 2.5 goals.
Recommended Bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ [2.04]
The New Saints [1.4] v B36 Torshavn [8.8]; The Draw [5.5]
While the Wales FIFA world ranking soars, the UEFA coefficient slumps. The New Saints have responded to the entering the Champions League at this ungodly stage in the right manner though, putting themselves in control of the tie with a 2-1 triumph from behind in the Faroe Islands.
The Welsh Premier League’s finest should be aiming to build on that with a clean sheet in Oswestry because B36 Torshavn have fired blanks in three of their last four continental away matches, and are even less prepared than they were in those instances having sat six years out of European action.
Recommended Bet: Back The New Saints to keep a clean sheet @ [2.18]
SS Folgare-Falciano [13.0] v FC Pyunik [1.3]; The Draw [6.4]
No Sammarinese team have ever progressed through a Champions League qualifier. However, there are several reasons to dare suspect that, despite their enormous [13.0] mark-up to win the second leg, SS Folgare-Falciano stand a better chance than usual of making that historic stride.
Exhibit A is the first-leg result. They were dominated in terms of shots on and off target but escaped with a 2-1 defeat, scoring their goal after being reduced to ten men. The next sliver of evidence is that FC Pyunik didn’t get through any of their most recent five Champions League double headers, losing the away leg of each.
Finally, on the previous occasion that clubs from San Marino and Armenia collided in this round two years ago, the Sammarinese representatives won 1-0. As the odds assert, it probably won’t happen, yet it is the best [13.0] shot going, and one that will get you invested in the night’s entertainment.
Recommended Bet: Back SS Folgare-Falciano to win @ [13.0]