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Champions League Predictions > Jul 23rd & 24th

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The 2019/20 Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Legs are coming up this week. Slowly but surely we'd starting to see the team names get more high-profile. A few relatively big-game clashes in this round including PSV versus Basel, BATE versus Rosenborg, and CFR Cluj versus Maccabi Tel Aviv. Let us know your predictions for these coming games. :ok

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Football Facts and Streaks regarding UEFA Champions League

Olympiacos have lost 83% of their last 6 matches. (UEFA Champions League)
PSV Eindhoven have failed to win their last 6 matches. (UEFA Champions League)
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Sutjeska’s last 4 games. (UEFA Champions League)
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Viktoria Plzen’s last 9 games. (UEFA Champions League)

You can find interesting 26 Football Betting Streaks for 23.07.2019 on this link ... https://eurofootballrumours.com/football-facts-and-streaks-23-07-2019-15019

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PSV vs Basel

One of the stand-out clashes from this round of the Champions League is between Dutch side PSV and Swiss club Basel in a 7pm BST kick-off tonight at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven. The winner of this tie will face LASK of Austria in the next round.

PSV narrowly missed out on winning the Eredivisie title last season but still managed to finish 2nd and that's seen them into Europe's elite competition this season. Mark van Bommel hasn't done much in the summer transfer window but he's also been able to hold onto the crux of his squad from last season. Boeren will be hoping to edge past this first challenge against a side that have a solid pedigree in this competition over recent years.

Basel have a great track record of putting teams with larger reputations than themselves to the sword. Marcel Koller failed to deliver the Swiss Super League title in his debut campaign. The Rotblau have signed Jonas Omlin from FC Zurich and Aldo Kalulu from Lyon over the summer but have suffered the departures of Tomas Vaclik to Sevilla and Michael Lang to Borussia Monchengladbach. It'll be a tough task for the club to get past PSV but if they can keep the deficit down in this first leg and even snatch an away goal then they're in a decent position heading into the second leg at home.

This will be a defining season for both of these sides who will be reeling from the disappointment of failing to win their respective domestic leagues last season. I would say PSV have come through that disappointment slightly less scathed than Basel. I am expecting PSV to remain fairly consistent with their performances last season with cohesion maintained in their squad. Basel have lost a couple of squad players that could mean they need to re-group and that may take time. I think it'll still be close but PSV should earn the win here.

PSV HT/FT @ 2.38 with Betfred

BTTS @ 1.83 with Bet365

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Football Facts and Streaks regarding UEFA Champions League

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Dundalk’s last 6 games. (UEFA Champions League)
Dundalk have drawn their last 5 matches. (UEFA Champions League)
Valletta have drawn their last 4 matches. (UEFA Champions League)
Maccabi Tel Aviv have lost their last 6 matches. (UEFA Champions League)

You can find interesting 20 Football Betting Streaks for 24.07.2019 on this link ... https://eurofootballrumours.com/football-facts-and-streaks-24-07-2019-15022

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BATE Borisov vs Rosenborg

Well, after the drama of tonight, we must waste no time in cracking on with the preview of tomorrow's matches. Belarus side BATE Borisov host Norwegian club Rosenborg in a 6pm BST clash on Wednesday night at the Borisov Arena in Barysaw. The winner of this tie will face the winner of the match-up between Maribor and AIK in the 3rd Qualifying Round of this competition.

BATE Borisov had a tough 1st Qualifying Round tie against Polish side Piast Gliwice. It was BATE who prevailed 3-2 winners on aggregate but they needed an inspired performance away from home in the second leg to win 2-1 on the night and take the tie. It included two goals in the last 8 minutes. Otherwise, Alyaksey Baha's men would have been staring elimination in the face.

Rosenborg enjoyed a slightly easier time of it in their two-legged affair in the previous round. Eirik Horneland's team destroyed Northern Irish club Linfield 6-0 over the two legs consisting of a 2-0 win away in Northern Ireland and a 4-0 win at home. It showed the Norwegian side to be lethal and business-like even against weaker opposition. No disrespect to Linfield but this should be a tougher encounter.

The value here seems to be with Rosenborg. BATE have always been a tricky side to beat in the Champions League qualifiers and have reached the 3rd Qualifying Round for the past five seasons. However, it is only 3 wins in their last 8 home qualification games. Only three clean sheets have been kept during that run too. In this game they face a Rosenborg side that look fit and ready for this challenge. Backing Rosenborg to take something from this game seems like the best option.

Rosenborg Draw No Bet @ 2.43 with Unibet

BTTS @ 2.00 with Betfair

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I agree with Stevie's picks above.

I had a chance to watch the full 90 mins of both BATE's legs in the previous round and I'm still wondering how they managed to pull it off and advance to the next CL round. They got outplayed in the first leg at home, managed to level the game and it finished at 1-1. In the return leg in Poland, away at Piast, they conceded an early goal an in theory they should have pushed for an equalizer to make it all square, whereas they did not a have a shot on goal until 82nd minute (!). At that point they got awared a penalty. Awarded is a correct term as BATE's striker was nowhere near the ball in the penalty box yet Piast's goalie knocked him over. They went gung-ho once they equalised and nobody at Piast knew how to switch off the panic button. BATE's cross in the penalty box late in the game, Piast's goalie made another blunder and did not jump to cut the cross. FT 1-2 and lots of surprised faces in the stands as BATE simply did not deserve to go through.

All in all Rosenborg will have to really try to mess it up and not progress to the next round.

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