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Celtic to have it all to do after first leg of Champions League qualifier

| 21.08.2012

Helsingborg v Celtic

Helsingborg may be the same price as Celtic to win the first leg of their Champions League play-off round qualifier, but they can utilise home advantage to take a lead to Scotland.

The Swedes put seven past Kalmar in their last home league game and have triumphed in five of their last six in all competitions on their own patch.

The fact that the Swedish league is already 19 games old is additionally in their favour, given that they should be far fitter and up to match speed.

Given that midfielder Daniel Nordmark is Helsingborg’s top scorer domestically this season, 14/1 looks a big price that he opens the scoring against Celtic.

Borussia Monchengladbach v Dynamo Kiev

Having dumped out Feyernoord in the last qualifying round, Dynamo Kiev will be optimistic about doing the same to Borussia Monchengladbach, who are hoping to play in Europe’s elite competition for the first time since 1978.

Nigerian forward Brown Ideye has six in six this season and will be key to their chances of an away win in Germany at 5/2.

Monchengladbach got off to a winning start in the Bundesliga and may perhaps be the better bet at the prices at 11/10, particularly with Luke De Jong leading their line.

Spartak Moscow v Fenerbahce

Qualifying for the Champions League group stages will be one of the big things on the agenda of Unai Emery and he can oversee a home success over Fenerbahce.

Emery left Valencia by mutual consent at the end of last season and 10/11 looks fair they take a first-leg lead against opposition which also finished second domestically to reach this stage.

Basel v Cluj

Basel are out to build on reaching the last 16 of the Champions League last season, but are somewhat fortunate to still be involved, having saved a last-minute penalty to beat Molde in the previous qualifying round.

Cluj previously shocked Basel in this competition two years ago and would be more than happy to remain level heading back to Romania, which can be backed at 11/4.

Copenhagen v Lille

Copenhagen have lost three of their last four home fixtures with French opposition, while they have only triumphed once on their own patch in their last five games in Europe.

Lille know what it takes to negotiate qualifying ties and 5/4 seems decent value they claim victory in Denmark.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



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.