Plzen delivered a 2-1 victory on the road in the first leg and now they return to their home to play host to Sheriff for the second leg. Our sportsbook offers a great range of betting markets and props for the UCL qualifiers.
Viktoria Plzen vs Sheriff Tiraspol
Having held their own in the group stage last autumn, Sheriff trail 2-1 from the first leg in Transnistria, and need a positive result to progress past a home side still unbeaten this term. Unfortunately, they also have been letting in goals in huge numbers and have not been in their best shape on the road for quite some time now.
Head coach Stjepan Tomas took the reins earlier this summer and was immediately under pressure to replicate the run enjoyed by Yuriy Vernydub’s side last year when they gatecrashed the group stage and beat both Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid. They kicked off the defense of their domestic crown last week, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Zimbrul. Following with a 3-1 win at Sfintul Gheorghe, they already sit top of the Moldovan National Division, but now return their thoughts to continental matters.
On the other side, Plzen is unbeaten in 28 of their past 29 overall fixtures, and in the process, they had gone on a seven-game winning streak as well as another four-match winning stretch. The Czech Republic side is currently on a run of six consecutive games without defeat and will look to keep the juggernaut rolling. It’s tough to avoid betting on a team with such an incredible record so we will include the hosts in our soccer picks and parlays.
Parlay Pick: Plzen -1 at -105
Zalgiris vs Bodo/Glimt
Bodo/Glimt continued their impressive goal-scoring form in the qualification campaign as the first leg at the Aspmyra Stadion ended with an impressive 5-0 win. It was Zalgiris’ first defeat in the competition this season. They immediately returned to winning ways as they defeated Banga 2-1 to retain their top spot in their domestic league.
Bodo/Glimt had another prolific weekend in their domestic competition, beating Odd 7-0 at home. They have been in terrific form in the qualifiers and, with a significant five-goal lead on aggregate, are clear favorites to qualify for the play-off round.
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After winning the Eliteserien and reaching the quarterfinals of the Europa Conference League last season, the visitors entered Champions League qualifying in the first round and just held on in the second leg to prevail with a 4-3 aggregate win over Klaksvikar. They are on fire and if you’re soccer betting you should back them to return home with another victory. Bodo/Glimt have little reason to make many changes to their squad after the first-leg thrashing, even after the departure of Victor Boniface, who scored five goals in their opening four qualifying games.
Parlay Pick: Bodo/Glimt ML at -125
Apollon vs Maccabi Haifa
Apollon’s 4-0 defeat from the first leg marked a successive defeat to nil and was hardly an ideal return to competitive action with the Cypriot Super Cup final to come on Friday. Considering Apollon needs a landslide goal swing here, it’s not the best time for a goal drought, but it looks as though Apollon will drop into the UEFA Europa League.
Maccabi Haifa earned their shot at UCL qualification through their second successive Israeli Premier League title win last season. Barak Bakhar’s men are flying in their bid to dine at the top table of European football, having now strung together consecutive 4-0 victories on a qualification run that also saw them knock out 47-time Greek champions Olympiacos.
Maccabi Haifa’s first-leg dominance was best reflected through statistics. They had 21 attempts in the first leg, eleven of which went on target. On the other side, the Cypriot outfit failed to register a single shot on target, in the 90 minutes of play on Israeli soil. Apollon has generally been struggling to perform offensively in pre-season as well, failing to find the back of the net in two separate 1-0 defeats to Doxa and Torino. They enter this clash as huge underdogs being priced at +260 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.
Parlay Pick: Maccabi Haifa ML at +110