As the we reach to the final stages of the Champions League qualifying stage; we look at some opportunities to take as some teams are still yet unsettled in their roles heading into the new campaign.
UEFA Champions League Qualifying
Rapid v Shakhtar – Over 3 Asian Goal Line @ 2.50 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
Shakhtar and Rapid Vienna take on each other in this potential exciting clash in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round. This pick is one that I had been planning since the draws released, but hadn’t gotten around to writing it.
Rapid Vienna came through a tough encounter against Ajax with a 3-2 victory away in Holland and that is what has set them up for this encounter in the playoff round of the Champions League. Since that game they have been involved in some high scoring affairs with with a 2-1 win, 5-2 win and 2-2 draw in the Austrian Bundesliga. This is showcasing their struggles on the defensive end, as each and every competitive game of theirs this campaign has led to a minimum of 3 goals in the game. The Austrian outfit has relied a lot on Beric, Schwab and Kainz; who have netted over 65% of their goals this campaign; and will have the same dependency as we head into tonight’s game.
Shakhtar Donestsk have been a team that has produce great talent over the years, by buying players at a young age and develop them into top talents. While they have lost a few of their players, they still continue to fire the goals and leak out positive results. Shakhtar has relied on the likes of Teixeira & Eduardo to net the goals while having Bernard and Taison be the chief creators in charge, pulling the strings from midfield. Shakhtar have started out the season well netting 10 goals in the league in addition to a 3-0 win at home against Fernarbahce in the Champions League qualifying so far. They have also had their share of defensive struggles, as they have leaked 4 goals in the last 2 games.
This game will surely look to be an exciting one as Shakhtar will be going out to settle this in the first leg itself, while Rapid will be aiming to say something about home field advantage, and I expect a minimum of 3 goals to be scored in this game.