The UEFA Champions League is one of the premier football tournaments in the world and before the main tournament starts, there is a qualifying round to get through to decide the final 32 teams.
UEFA Champions League Qualifying
Dinamo Zagreb v FC Salzburg – Over 2 Asian Goal Line @ 1.63 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
Dinamo Zagreb come into this game at home in front of their fans and should get enough support to help them potentially push on for victory. Zagreb have had a great start to their domestic campaign winning 4 out of their last 5 games and has marched to the top of the Croatian League. Their crowning performance so far has been a solid 4-0 away win against rivals Hajduk Split a week ago and will be aiming to replicate that in the Champions League qualifying campaign. They also won all 4 of their Champions League qualifying matches so far, while scoring 8 goals through that time. Their defence has shown to concede under the big occasion, but their offensive has delivered scoring in 14 competitive matches in a row and will be looking for that to offence to get the ball in the back of the net. Fernández, Soudani, Hozdic and Rog have been leading the way with the goals, and one can expect them to continue in their scoring form in front of the home crowd.
Red Bull Salzburg are always among the dominating teams in Austria and will be looking to progress to the group stage proper for the first time since 1994. They have started the season out mediocrely with 7 points from 4 games so far, but will be hoping that victory in the Champions League qualifying, can give them a lift back to good form. Salzburg have scored now in 11 games in a row which will help them to get back into any game even if they fall behind. They will rely on the usual suspects Soriano, Berisha, Minamino and Reyna to help score and keep them in the tie.
Both teams have qualified to this stage going through a qualifying round and will be looking to unleash their attacking prowess on each other in the hopes of stealing a goal advantage in the opening tie. I expect there to be a minimum of 2 goals, with potentially both teams scoring on this game, so I am backing Over 2 Goals on the Asian Line.