We’ve got Champions League predictions for this week’s first-leg games in the play-offs and are hoping to land a 96.86 pay-out if they all come in.
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Copenhagen and Trabzonspor to draw @ 3.3
Trabzonspor have not reached the Champions League group stage for over a decade but were impressive in winning the Turkish title last term and have started off the new season with a couple of victories. Star forward Andreas Cornelius will be fired up for this tie, having come through Copenhagen’s academy. The Danes reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League in 2019-20 and are usually tough to beat at home in Europe but their recent domestic form is a concern, so a stalemate is our pick.
Bodo Glimt to beat Dinamo Zagreb @ 2.25
The Norwegians did well to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural Europa Conference League last season and are on song at the moment. They have won their last six Tippeligaen fixtures to lie second in the table after 18 matches and have won all three Champions League qualifiers played on home turf. Dynamo made hard work of getting past Shkupi and were given help by Ludogorets, who scored an own goal in the first leg and then had three players sent off in Zagreb.
Qarabag to beat Viktoria Plzen @ 2.37
Although producing some mixed performances to edge past Lech Poznan, FC Zurich and Ferencvaros, Qarabag were impressive in Hungary last week, as Abdellah Zoubir’s early strike and a second-half double from Ibrahima Wadji saw them beat the green and whites 3-1. Viktoria have seen off HJK Helsinki and FC Sheriff, winning both away legs in the process, but they did suffer from travel sickness on the road last season, including a 4-2 loss at Welsh minnows The New Saints, so we’re prepared to take them on in our Champions League predictions.
Benfica to win at Dynamo Kyiv @ 1.72
The Eagles made light of losing Darwin Nunez to Liverpool when thrashing Midtjylland 7-2 on aggregate in the previous round. Goncalo Ramos hit a hat-trick in a 4-1 home win while young Argentine playmaker Enzo Fernandez, who was a prolific scorer for River Plate, netted in both legs. Benfica took four points off Dynamo during the group stage last term and the Ukrainian champions look beatable here after only scraping past Fenerbahce and Sturm Graz, needing extra-time on each occasion.
Maccabi Haifa and Crvena Zvezda to draw @ 3.2
Haifa claimed a notable scalp when knocking out Olympiacos and then hammered Apollon Limassol 4-0 in Israel to make a 2-0 away defeat irrelevant. However, Crvena Zvezda were very professional in brushing aside Pyunik Yerevan 7-0 on aggregate and have rattled off four straight wins in the Serbian league, with experienced striker Milan Pavkov in superb form. We reckon the visitors can return home on level terms.
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