With a chance to join Europe’s elite in the 2021-22 edition of the Champions League, it’s a case of ‘squeaky bum time’ for clubs trying to jump the final few hurdles of qualification.
There was a healthy mixture of shocks and status quo in the opening legs, and Wednesday promises to make or break the dreams of those vying for a chance to lift the big-eared trophy next summer.
There are nine fixtures in total, but we’ve hand-picked the three that give us the best value in today’s Acca.
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- Young Boys to beat Slovan Bratislava
- Sparta Prague to beat Rapid Vienna
- Over 2.5 goals in Galatasaray v PSV
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Wednesday’s Acca Betting Tips:
Young Boys to beat Slovan Bratislava
The Young Boys of Bern, Switzerland, have been playing more like men in recent seasons.
They’ve dominated the Swiss Super League for the past four campaigns, but are looking to right the wrongs of their Champions League qualifying exits over the past few attempts.
Former Huddersfield boss David Wagner is in the hot-seat at the Wankdorf Stadium and has enjoyed a positive pre-season as well as a dramatic 4-3 away win at Luzern on the opening day of the season.
Young Boys dominated the first leg last week but were unable to get that vital away goal. We expect a similarly dominant performance on home turf with the home win looking great value.
Sparta Prague to beat Rapid Vienna
Sparta Prague have to overturn a narrow 2-1 deficit if they are to reach the third round of qualifying, but an away goal scored by Ladislav Krejci last week could prove all-important.
There isn’t much to separate these two sides – as the opening leg suggests – but home comforts should play into the hands of the Czech runners-up.
Sparta Prague have lost just one of their last 17 on home soil, winning 15, and Rapid Vienna will fear the worst in visiting the Generali Ceska Pojistovna Arena.
Galatasaray v PSV – over 2.5 goals
Cover your eyes, Galatasaray fans.
Last week’s 5-1 humiliation in Holland doesn’t bode well for their chances of progressing on Wednesday.
A Eran Zahavi hat-trick and a Mario Gotze double has put this tie out of reach of the Turkish side, but we are still expecting a goal or three…
Galatasaray will have to be as offensive as they can from kick-off, and if they aren’t careful, the aggregate of this tie could get even more embarrassing.