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