Ferencvaros’ team players celebrate their side’s second goal during the Champions League, second qualifying round soccer match between the Zalgiris and Ferencvaros at the LFF stadium in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
- The second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League takes place on July 19 & 20
- Among the big names competing for a place in the third round are Malmo, Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros
- We list the odds for all 12 games and preview three while offering some best bets
The first legs of the twelve UEFA Champions League Second Round qualifiers take place on Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20, with a place in the third round – one step away from the group stages – up for grabs.
Below we list the odds for all twelve games, and have picked three to analyze and offer a best bet.
UEFA Champions League First Round Qualifiers Leg 2 Odds
|Zalgiris Vilnius vs Malmo FF||+450||+270||-150|
|FC Pyunik vs F91 Dudelange||+115||+230||+250|
|FK Qarabag vs FC Zurich||+100||+245||+280|
|FC Midtyjlland vs AEK Larnaca||-280||+400||+750|
|Ludogorets Razgrad vs Shamrock Rovers||-195||+300||+600|
|Linfield vs Bodo/Glimt||+425||+320||-165|
|Dinamo Zagreb vs KF Shkupi Skopje||-900||+900||+1800|
|HJK Helsinki vs Viktoria Plzen||+295||+235||-105|
|Maccabi Haifa vs Olympiakos||+195||+210||+150|
|Dynamo Kyiv vs Fenerbahce||+165||+225||+165|
|Ferencvaros vs Slovan Bratislava||-250||+390||+600|
|Maribor vs Sheriff Tiraspol||+175||+200||+175|
All odds as of July 19 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Dinamo Zagreb are the big favorites of the round to win their first leg, starting at an incredible -900 to beat the North Macedonians of KF Shkupi Skopje in the first leg – an implied win probability of 90%.
Unsurprisingly, the game in Zagreb is offering plus money (+130) for Under 2.5 goals but worth noting is how many first-leg ties in the previous qualifying round ended either goalless or 1-0.
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Dynamo Kyiv vs Fenerbahce
It goes without saying that this has been an incredibly difficult time for the Ukrainian champions with, amidst the horrors, no domestic soccer taking place. Instead, they have embarked on a ‘Stop the War, Play for Peace’ international tour for the last few months.
Dynamo minimally lost to Antwerp in the final match of pre-season training session pic.twitter.com/3qOTy5nW2T
— FC Dynamo English (@dynamokyiven) July 15, 2022
Kyiv’s most recent game on this tour was last Friday when they narrowly lost 2-1 to Royal Antwerp in Brussels – a scoreline that suggests they have remained match fit and competitive.
— Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) July 19, 2022
Fenerbahce finished second in last season’s Super Lig but have been in fine pre-season form, winning five from five, under new coach Jorge Jesus. This game will take place in Lodz, Poland – Kyiv’s temporary home – with the winners over two legs going through to face Austria’s Sturm Graz in the next round. There’s value here in the draw.
Pick: Dynamo Kyiv and Fenerbahce to draw (+225)
FK Qarabag vs FC Zurich
Qarabag, the winners of last season’s Azerbaijan Premier League, have had a tricky pre-season but found some wonderful form to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit against Lech Poznan in the last round. An outstanding 5-1 win on home soil will have given them a massive confidence boost ahead of this tie, and their home fans will be looking for more of the same today.
Job done ✅🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎
— Qarabağ FK English (@FKQarabaghEN) July 12, 2022
Zurich’s league campaign is already up and running but their 4-0 home defeat by Young Boys on opening day was far from ideal preparation for this game. Prior to their defeat in Bern, they had won three of their four preseason games and looked in decent shape.
— FC Zürich (@fc_zuerich) July 19, 2022
With Qarabag in great form, at home and still at even money, for me, they hold the value in this tie.
Pick: FC Qarabag to win (+100)
Ferencvaros vs Slovan Bratislava
Ferencvaros start this one as big odds-on favorites, but this will be closer than the bookies are suggesting. The Hungarian champions qualified for this by hammering Tobol 5-1 over two legs in the first qualifying round and look well prepared, winning three of their last four games, and will be hoping to emulate last season’s feat of reaching the group stages of this competition.
— NézőBarát (@nb1petrek) July 13, 2022
The Slovakian champions, Bratislava, had a tricky task in the last round but eventually managed to find a way past Georgian champions Dinamo Batumi – winning 2-1 on aggregate after extra-time in the second leg. They opened their domestic campaign at the weekend with defeat and have won just once in their last five.
— ŠK Slovan Bratislava (@SKSlovan) July 14, 2022
However, while I expect the Hungarians to edge this, the Slokakians have some experienced campaigners in their team and will look to still be in the tie for their home leg.
Pick: Ferencvaros to win 2-1 (+900)
Once just a sports fanatic, fan-turned-writer Gary Gowers has been featured on European television and radio networks to discuss several professional football clubs. His work can be found in an assortment of publications like The Metro, MyFootballWriter.com, and BBC Radio Norfolk.