Champions League Bets | Tuesday 20th August
Football specialist Tom Rodgers (@tom11rodgers) analyses Tuesday’s Champions League play-off first leg action and provides us with his best bets.
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Champions League Bets
The Champions League is back on Tuesday night with this being the final round of games before the groups. Ajax travel to Cyprus to take on Apoel Nicosia in the first leg and will be looking to grab at least 1 away goal to take back to Amsterdam with them, while looking good going forward they have been leaking goals at the back having conceded 7 goals in their 6 competitive games this season, including 2 away at PAOK in the last round. Apoel saw both teams scoring in their first leg with Qarabag and with all due respect to Qarabag, Ajax are that next level above them. While I expect Ajax to score, I also expect them leave themselves open at the back so I’m going for both teams to score in the 1st leg tie.
Another one of my selections comes from the same game and with Dusan Tadic being in such fine form lately, I can see him scoring again here, whether it’s from open play or from a dead ball situation, Tadic looks a good bet to find himself on the scoresheet, especially as he has scored 5 goals in his last 5 games this season. Tadic had his best season last term scoring 28 goals in 34 league games for Ajax, while getting 9 in 18 in the Champions League as Ajax found themselves on their way to the Champions League semi-final.
Romanian side CFR Cluj play hosts to Slavia Prague after overcoming Celtic in the previous round in impressive circumstances. One player that stood out across both legs was Billel Omrani, having scored 5 goals in his last 7 games, including 2 away at Celtic. Omrani also has 6 goals in 6 Champions League games this season showing his potency in front of goal, this is why I am going for Omrani to score anytime in the match.