Champions League Tips: Evens await Celtic as Ajax share spoils again

Leigh Griffiths has scored in his last two Celtic Champions League appearances
Leigh Griffiths has scored in his last two Celtic Champions League appearances

Michael Lintorn recommends bets for Ajax, Celtic and Monaco's Champions League third qualifying round second legs...

Recommended Bet: Back there to be an even number of goals in Celtic v FC Astana @ 1.9420/21

"This has paid out in nine of the guests’ past ten Champions League matches, as well as six in a row on the road."

PAOK 2.727/4 v Ajax 2.915/8; The Draw 3.412/5
Wednesday, 19:30

The draw is the biggest price of the three outcomes but surely has to be judged the most attractive option. The first leg finished 1-1 - rewarding this column's call to lay Ajax at odds-on - as did their meetings in the 2010/11 qualifiers. It was also 1-1 in Amsterdam on that occasion, and 3-3 in Greece.

These teams were also enormously draw-prone in last season's Europa League, the result of which is that Ajax have shared spoils in a whopping six of their last eight continental contests and PAOK have posted the exact same figures, including three from their most recent three as hosts, with the latest two both goalless. A repeat at 8.88/1 would see them through on away goals.

Recommended Bet: Back the draw @ 3.412/5


Celtic 1.684/6 v FC Astana 6.411/2; The Draw 3.953/1
Wednesday, 19:45

A 1-0 defeat to Gibraltarian champions Lincoln Red Imps in Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge of Celtic was a woeful result, but the 1-1 draw against FC Astana in his second Champions League away day under was excellent, superior to what Atletico Madrid achieved on the way to the 2015/16 final.

The Kazakhstani title holders' record abroad since debuting in the competition last summer - no wins in seven and just two goals scored - suggests that the Bhoys will convert it into a play-off round place, yet the smartest bet of all may be betting on an even number of strikes. This has paid out in nine of the guests' past ten Champions League matches, as well as six in a row on the road.

Recommended Bet: Back there to be an even number of goals @ 1.9420/21


Monaco 1.9420/21 v Fenerbahce 4.77/2; The Draw 3.65
Wednesday, 19:45
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For "life outside the Premier League", see the first leg of this double header. Radamel Falcao - four goals in 26 top-flight games for Manchester United; one in ten for Chelsea - netted for Monaco, yet saw his contribution outshone by a brace for Emmanuel Emenike - zero in 13 on loan at West Ham.

The 2-1 scoreline was another demonstration that Monaco no longer possess the tools that steered them to the quarter-finals in 2014/15, when two 1-0 victories and three goalless draws lit their path. Instead, their five Champions League fixtures since have all been graced by three or more goals.

Recommended Bet: Back over 2.5 goals @ 2.265/4


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