Champions League Tips: Porto to fire twice and Monaco at least one

New Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo was excellent in his first season at Valencia before fading
New Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo was excellent in his first season at Valencia before fading
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After identifying three winning Champions League bets on Tuesday, Michael Lintorn offers advice for Dundalk, Porto and Villarreal's home qualifiers...

"Both teams to score paid out four times in six Monaco Europa League fixtures last term and now to this year’s Champions League qualifiers, where the two meetings with Fenerbahce did likewise."

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score in Villarreal v Monaco @ 2.3211/8

These matches all kick-off on Wednesday at 19:45

Dundalk 4.1 v Legia Warsaw 2.1411/10; The Draw 3.412/5
Live on BT Sport 3

You only have to look at some of the other games taking place this week to see how huge an opportunity this is for both sides, with Dundalk bidding to become Republic of Ireland's first ever qualifiers and Legia Warsaw aiming to return to the group stage after a massive 21 seasons away.

The Polish champions won 5-0 on their previous trip to Republic of Ireland to face St Patrick's in 2014, but will lower ambitions for the collision with a team that shut out BATE Borisov to prevail 3-0 as hosts a fortnight ago and have had their confidence swelled by an invite to the national stadium.

Dundalk's first legs in the previous two rounds both delivered two goals or fewer, as indeed have all four of Legia Warsaw's contests, with the capital club keeping clean sheets in the latest three.

Recommended Bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ 1.695/7


Porto 2.3811/8 v Roma 3.45; The Draw 3.412/5
Live on BT Sport ESPN

This is a heavyweight showdown, with Porto last sitting out the Champions League group stage in 2010/11 and Roma not only participating in the past two campaigns but reaching the knockout phase in 2015/16.

If in doubt, lean on home records. Porto have won seven of their last nine in the competition as hosts, scoring at least twice in each of those victories, whereas Roma are winless in nine on the road at this level, giving up at least two in all four away days last term.

The Portuguese side's new boss Nuno Espirito Santo led Valencia through this round 12 months ago and on that occasion a 3-1 first-leg success over Monaco at the Mestalla did most of the work.

Recommended Bet: Back Porto to score two goals or more @ 6/4


Villarreal 2.1211/10 v Monaco 4.3100/30; The Draw 3.39/4
Live on BT Sport Extra 2

This is an unwelcome déjà vu scenario for Monaco, who for the second summer in a row have been rewarded for negotiating the first of two Champions League qualifying rounds with a clash against La Liga's fourth-place finishers from the Valencian Community (that time Valencia, this time Villarreal).

They were denied 4-3 on aggregate then, yet a more positive part of the experience was how much more engaging the action was. Whereas their run to the 2014/15 quarter-finals was built from the back, with five clean sheets in six group games and just four goals in their favour, three of their four matches in last season's preliminaries were completely devoid of zeroes.

That carried through to their Europa League combat - both teams to score paying out four times in six fixtures - and now to this year's qualifiers, where the two meetings with Fenerbahce did likewise.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ 2.3211/8


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