Predictions and Best Bets for Champions League Qualifiers for Tuesday, August 24, 2021

| August 23, 2021 10:46 am PDT

The final leg of the final round of the 2021 Champions League qualification starts this Tuesday. There are three games on the program that day, all of which should be entertaining affairs.

I’m now going to preview each of those, as well as provide my predictions and share my opinion regarding the best bets.

PSV to Beat Benfica

The biggest game of the day is the clash of two teams that already have plenty of Champions League experience. In fact, both teams have European titles in their cupboards – Benfica has two; PSV has one.

For one of those teams, the chase for another Champions League title ends on Tuesday. Who’s it going to be?

Benfica has a 2-1 advantage from the first leg but PSV has the home advantage. At home, this team is without a defeat since January 13.

Furthermore, PSV players have been sensational in the attack, with 12 goals scored in the three competitive matches played at Philips Stadion in Eindhoven this summer.

Only one clash between PSV and Benfica finished with no goals in the 90 minutes – it happened in 1998.

It’s no surprise that PSV’s been scoring a lot of goals; the team’s best players are forwards – Cody Gakpo, Noni Madueke, Eran Zahavi, Mario Gotze, amongst others.

Ferencvaros and Young Boys to Draw

The last week’s meeting between these two was one of the most exciting games of the entire Champions League qualification campaign.

We saw five goals in total, with the Swiss team getting a 3-2 win despite playing with ten men for more than an hour. We also saw Ferencvaros miss a penalty and get one goal disallowed after a VAR check.

We’ll probably see plenty of exciting moments in this game as well. The big question is, who will win? Probably no one.

The thing is that the Swiss don’t need a win to qualify for the Champions League; a draw would suit them perfectly.

What this means is that the Hungarian team will be on the front foot. Unfortunately for them, this kind of strategy could open the door to Young Boys’ counterattacks.

Another problem for the Hungarians is that several of their first-team players will miss this game, including defensive midfielders Igor Kharatin and David Siger, and center-back Lasha Dvali.

Ferencvaros did score plenty of goals so far in their Champions League qualification campaign, but only against teams that are much, much weaker than Young Boys.

For all these reasons, a draw looks like the most likely outcome, which would mean Young Boys could be booking a Champions League ticket.

Ludogorets to Beat Malmo

If they want to get to the Champions League, Ludogorets need to beat Malmo. Simply winning, however, isn’t enough; they need to do it within at least a two goal margin, because their first encounter finished 2-0 in Malmo’s favor.

Ludogorets should count themselves lucky not to concede more in that game, considering that Malmo had 17 goal attempts. In comparison, Ludogorets players created only four chances.

They will need to up their game, which shouldn’t be that difficult, knowing that they’re going to have their fans to cheer them on should help.

At home, Ludogorets players always seem to do better in the attack. In their previous five home games, they scored a total of 18 goals.

An even more interesting fact is that the last time this team failed to score a goal in a home game, was in August 2020.

My Top Champions League Bets for Tuesday’s Games

PSV vs. Benfica – Over 2.5 Goals1.80
Ferencvaros vs. Young Boys – Both Teams to Score1.50
Ludogorets vs. Malmo – Over 2.5 Goals1.85

We should see plenty of goals this Tuesday in the Champions League. And I really mean plenty. All three hosts need to go for a win due to what happened in the previous leg.

The home teams will have to attack, which will leave room for counterattacks of their rivals. In turn, this means that it’s very likely we will see away teams scoring at least a couple of times.

If you take these three picks and put them together in a parlay, you will create a bet with odds of almost 5.00. What this means, is that you could potentially make a profit of $400 on a $100 bet.

Whether you like my Champions League picks or not, be sure to get the most bang for your buck at the top soccer betting apps.

Zarko Naric
Zarko Naric

Zarko Naric – the World's Greatest Sportswriter, according to his grandma.

Zarko started writing for in 2019, covering sports like soccer, tennis, and basketball,  as well as some more niche sports like cycling, for example.

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