In what looks set to be a tight affair, Austrian side Sturm Graz go into the second leg of their Champions League play-off priced at 6/5 to win in bwin’s 3Way football betting market against Belarusian champions BATE Borisov.
After the first leg in Minsk ended in a 1-1 score draw, Franco Foda’s men have a slender advantage having scored an away goal.
The visiting side must now score to stand any chance of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stages, and for punters sensing an away victory, BATE are available at odds of 11/5.
The Belarusian team have drawn two of their three previous European away ties 0-0 – with the other ending in a 1-1 stalemate – so backing the draw in the 3way result market at 11/5 must also be worth a look.
Sturm Graz have not reached the group stages of Europe’s biggest competition since the 2000/01 season and are priced at 3/5 to do so this year.
On the other hand, although Viktor Goncharenko’s BATE side have only appeared in the group stages on the solitary occasion, they do have the most recent experience of the two sides, having played in the competition during the 2008/09 season.
For that reason alone, the odds of 5/4 for the five times successive Belarusian champions to qualify represent a good bet in the ‘who will advance to the next round’ market.
The first leg saw only three attempts on target, so if the return leg follows the same pattern, then another low scoring affair looks the most likely outcome.
For there to be under 2.5 goals is available at 67/100, and if you fancy a goalless tie it can be backed at odds of 27/4. New customers receive a free £25 bet for joining bwin – and if put on the game to end 0-0, it would return £193.75 if successful.
With no previous meetings in UEFA competition prior to last Tuesday’s first leg, punters have no head to head statistics to base their decisions on.
The knowledge that the home side go into the game having won four of their last five continental meetings at the Stadion Graz Liebenau shows that SK Sturm Graz are confident playing in front of their own fans.
The only defeat in those five games came at the hands of Italian Giants Juventus in last season’s UEFA Europa League play-offs, which in itself is no disgrace.
However, all evidence points to the fact that it should be a very close encounter and if both sides threaten as little as they did during the first leg, then backing the draw/draw outcome in the halftime/fulltime market at 18/5 could be a wise move.
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