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The Weekly Accumulator – Five Champions League results pay 53/1

| 27.07.2011

Tonight represents the second set of Champions League third qualifying round first-leg encounters and we have predicted five results that pay a promising 53/1.

FC Copenhagen are the obvious selections in the Champions League betting at 1/7 to beat Shamrock Rovers.

They have been picked as The Safety Net for today on News.ladbrokes and reading this adds some further insight into why this result is a banker.

The other four games to make up our accumulator are not so straight forward, although Standard Liege should be able to win at home against FC Zurich.

Zurich have lost their opening two games of the current Swiss League season, while Standard have triumphed in their last eight home games, if friendlies are not included.

Standard are 4/5 in the Champions League odds to beat Zurich.

Our other winners tonight are slightly more controversial as we are tipping Danish club OB Odense at 11/8 to beat Panathinaikos.

Panathinaikos tend to be dreadful travellers and have lost six of their last eight away league games in Greece.

Meanwhile, they are winless in their last six Champions League away fixtures.

Odense also come into the meeting on the back of a confidence-boosting 2-2 draw away at Danish champions Copenhagen in their latest league fixture.

We are predicting two other first legs to end all square, which are the showdowns between HJK Helsinki and Dinamo Zagreb and Rosenborg and Viktoria Plzen.

HJK have won all of their opening eight games in the Finnish League and hammered Bangor City 10-0 at home in the last Champions League qualifying round.

Therefore, they are capable of holding the more accomplished Croatians and 23/10 seems reasonable value on the draw.

It is the same price that Rosenborg and Viktoria Plzen draw and the Norwegians are not enjoying the greatest of form periods as they sit in mid-table 15 games into the season.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.