Anderlecht are in a commanding position in their Champions League qualifying tie against the New Saints having beaten the Welsh outfit 3-1 in last week’s first leg at the Racecourse Ground and the Belgians are just 1/10 with Jaxx.com to complete the job by seeing off TNS (22/1, Partybets) at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
The hosts can register a straightforward victory against their semi-professional opponents and bet365 price them at a tasty 13/10 to prevail by at least three clear goals while more ambitious punters can tackle William Hill’s 7/1 for Anderlecht to notch four times without reply.
In Tuesday’s other clash, Hapoel Tel Aviv look to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Aktobe Lento and they’re Ladbrokes’ 1/3 favourites to record a home win. However, the Kazakh outfit have perhaps been underestimated and they will undoubtedly make life difficult for the Israeli side as they did when going down 4-3 to Maccabi Haifa last summer. A draw at 15/4 (Victor Chandler) shouldn’t be ruled out then while a decent case can be made for the visitors in the handicaps, where Stan James hand them a goal start at 9/4.
Celtic have a mountain to climb if they are to reach the next qualifying round of the Champions League having lost 3-0 to Braga in the first leg and the Portuguese side are a certainty at 1/16 with Betfred to make it through. Domingos Paciencia’s men won’t find life as easy as they did on their own patch but they still have the quality to secure a positive result at Parkhead and Paddy Power quote them at evens to either win or draw.
A host of home bankers pepper the coupon on Wednesday, with the likes of Zenit St Petersburg and FC Basle available at 3/10 with Stan James and Totesport respectively, Dinamo Zagreb available at 8/15 (bet365) to overcome Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol and Fenerbahce a tasty 2/5 courtesy of 888Sport to defeat Swiss outfit Young Boys.
However, PAOK Saloniki are the bet of the night on their own territory as they host Ajax. The Greek side managed a draw in Amsterdam last week but have inexplicably been made huge 23/10 outsiders by William Hill ahead of the home leg in the Toumba Stadium, where they were formidable last season. They could be set to book their place in the next round at the expense of Martin Jol’s troops then and at 8/11 (Victor Chandler) they’re tremendous value to avoid defeat.