Champions League Tips: PAOK can eliminate Schalke

Schalke were pegged back by PAOK for a 1-1 draw in their home leg

Lewis Jones is eyeing up a shock in Greece as part of his look at three of Tuesday's Champions League qualifiers...

"Schalke will be concerned that Chinedu Obasi, Anthony Annan, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar are all potential absentees. It smells like an upset awaits."
Best Bet: Lay Schalke to win @ 2.35/4

PAOK v Schalke, Tuesday, 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: PAOK 3.412/5, Schalke 2.35/4, The Draw 3.3512/5
Schalke have work to do in this tie after a sloppy showing in Gelsenkirchen last Wednesday. Despite dominating the match and creating numerous chances, the German side allowed former Chelsea inmate Miroslav Stoch to grab a late equaliser. This leaves Schalke with a very tough adventure to Greece on their hands. A 0-0 or 1-1 draw is no longer enough; they need to win. Going away in Europe in search of a result is tough at the best of times, but with the added pressure of being overwhelming favourites and a determined former employer in the opposition dugout, Schalke look in a spot of bother. PAOK's Dutch coach Huub Stevens was sacked last December by the Germans and has a point to prove. Schalke will also be concerned that Chinedu Obasi, Anthony Annan, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar are all potential absentees. It smells like an upset awaits.
Best Bet: Lay Schalke to win @ 2.35/4

Legia Warsaw v Steaua Bucharest, Tuesday, 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: Legia Warsaw 2.35/4, Steaua Bucharest 3.55, The Draw 3.3512/5
There was nothing between these two organised yet limited European warriors in the first leg as they played out a gritty 1-1 draw in Romania. Federico Piovaccari put the hosts ahead but Jakub Kosecki fired Legia level to set up an intriguing second leg, where the Poles are slight favourites to progress. The Polish champions have gone 18 years since their one and only group stage appearance but home advantage makes them very capable of breaking that duck. Warsaw boss Jan Urban set his side up very defensively in Romania with a view to attack on the counter and the plan worked perfectly with Kosecki's goal. This is going to be another tight affair but the hosts' prolific attack, which propelled the club to a famous league and cup double last season, could be the difference between the sides. Vladimir Dvalishvili, who has four goals in his last eight matches, is their main man and he can fire them into the Champions League.
Recommended Bet: Back Legia Warsaw to win @ 2.35/4

Basel v Ludogorets, Tuesday, 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: Basel 1.51/2, Ludogorets 7.06/1, The Draw 4.47/2
Basel may have one foot, one arm, and half of their body in the group stages of the Champions League, but that's not to say this is a game to be ignored by punters. Mohammed Salah fired two goals on their way to an ultimately easy 4-2 victory in the first leg. Confidence should be high once again within punting circles about getting a good run for your money backing over 3.5 goals. This maverick run through the competition has been a spectacular success for the visitors whatever happens in Switzerland. They can play without pressure in what should be their last match in the Champions League this season, but this should suit free-flowing Basel perfectly, who will be hoping the minnows show plenty attacking freedom, which could leave them vulnerable up the other end.
Recommended Bet: Back over 3.5 goals @ 2.9215/8

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