Champions League Play-Offs Betting: Liverpool and Sevilla to Ease Through

Champions League Play-Offs Betting: Liverpool and Sevilla to Ease Through

Celtic have all but secured their progression to the Group Stage of the Champions League with a 5-0 hammering of Astana in the first leg. But there are several other ties that are very much in the balance. Here we focus our attentions on Liverpool attempting to finish the job against Hoffenheim, Sevilla trying to overcome Turkish opposition, CSKA against Young Boys and Steaua Bucharest versus Sporting Lisbon.

We’ll bring you our predictions for which teams will progress, with betting tips that we think will help you cash in. Plus we’ve also got live odds comparison for all the games to ensure you get the best value with every bet you place!

Liverpool v Hoffenheim - Liverpool Look Set to Finish the Job

Liverpool go into the second leg of the play-off in decent shape after their 2-1 victory in Hoffenheim, but the tie could have been all but over had the Reds not conceded an 87th minute goal. There were plenty of positives for Jurgen Klopp to ponder after the game and the German boss will be confident his side can get the job done on Wednesday – as are the bookies.

Liverpool are the massive 1/20 favourites with Bet365 and others to qualify, with the visitors out at 10/1 with the same bookie. Of course, Liverpool tend to make hard work of things at the best of times so our betting tip here is for the match to end in a draw at decent odds of 7/2 with Betfred. It’ll be enough for the Reds, but there are going to be nerves jangling until the final whistle!

Klopp could really do with a decent run in the Champions League this season and failure at this stage surely isn’t an option. With a packed Anfield behind them, we predict Liverpool will do just enough to get themselves in the draw for the group stage of the Champions League.

Sevilla v Istanbul Basaksehir – Sevilla Not Yet Home and Dry

Sevilla have taken the Europa League by storm in recent years, but they were knocked out of the Champions League at the Round of 16 stage by Leicester last season. Eduardo Berizzo’s men might well fail before the group stage this term if they don’t get their act together against the side that finished second in the Super Lig last time out.

Sevilla are essentially in the same position as Liverpool, having posted a just-about-deserved 2-1 victory away from home in the opening leg. Like Klopp’s team, the Spaniards are strong favourites to progress and are priced at just 4/9 to win on the night. Once back on home soil we fancy Sevilla will turn on the style and backing the home side to be winning at half time and full time looks a fair bet at best odds of 6/5 with Bet365.

CSKA v Young Boys – Young Boys to Cause Upset in Moscow

CSKA stunned Adi Hutter’s Young Boys in Bern in the first leg, the Russians coming away with a 1-0 victory that surprised fans and bookies alike. With Moscow not the easiest place to visit, most pundits think Viktor Goncharenko will guide his troops to the group stage with relative ease. We beg to differ, however.

With limited expectations, Young Boys could well give themselves the freedom to perform in Moscow, and this talented side could well pull off the shock of the round. The Swiss side are priced at best betting odds of 9/2 to qualify with Sportingbet, and we think that’s a nice chunk of value so get involved.

Steaua Bucharest v Sporting Lisbon – Next Goal Wins?

Finally, Steaua versus Sporting, with the tie very much in the balance after a dour 0-0 draw in the first leg. In what promises to be another tactical battle in which neither side wants to give anything away, we predict this will be a low scoring affair and backing under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match looks very wise at betting odds of 5/4 with Betfair.

We could also see this one going the distance without anyone breaking the deadlock, but just to play it safe we are not averse to the odds of 20/23 with BetVictor to back against both sides scoring in 90 minutes. In short, this might not be the greatest match for the neutrals to enjoy.

Whichever bets you want to place, be sure to make use of our odds comparison so you can glean the best value possible when your bets come in!