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Back home sides to take first-leg advantage in our Wednesday UCL acca

| 15.08.2017

The Champions League play-offs continue tonight, with another 10 teams looking to make it into the group stages.

And they include Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, who will be taking on a familiar opponent in Astana.

Let’s crack on and get to our acca selections…

Celtic to beat Astana @ 2/5

Twelve months ago Celtic faced Astana in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, and required a large slice of luck to progress.

They meet a round further down the line this time, but the Bhoys play at home first.

That means a fiendishly tricky second-leg in Astana. And the best way to deal with that is to put the tie to bed straight away at Celtic Park.

Hapoel Be’er Sheva to beat Maribor @ 4/7

This is perhaps the toughest game to call with Hapoel Be’er Sheva’s impressive home record matched against Maribor’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

The Slovenian side haven’t lost in seven this term, but Be’er Sheva have been beaten just four times in their last 34 at the Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium.

During that time each of Celtic, Southampton and even Inter Milan have tried and failed to gain victory, so we’re going for the hosts to prevail again.

Istanbul Basaksehir to beat Sevilla @ 9/4

Over two legs Sevilla should go through against surprise Turkish package Istanbul Basaksehir.

But though the Spanish side are plenty experienced when it comes to European competition, they haven’t been travelling well.

They’ve failed to win their last seven competitive away games, while the hosts are unbeaten in 25 on home soil.

Napoli to beat Nice @ 2/7

Having gone so close to their first Ligue 1 title since 1959 last season, Nice will feel hard-done by after the play-off draw paired them with Napoli.

The French side are winless in four competitive games too, and their Italian hosts should have a touch too much quality, especially on home soil.

Olympiakos to beat Rijeka @ 8/15

Rijeka saw off Red Bull Salzburg to get this far, but they head to Greece short of form.

They’re not only winless in three, but they haven’t scored either. Olympiakos’ domestic campaign hasn’t started yet, but they’ll see this as the perfect opportunity to get up and running.

So, there you have it. Our five-fold acca comes in at 13/1!

If you fancy it, you can back it right here.

And remember, thanks to our 5 Team Acca Insurance offer, it’s money back as a free bet if one team lets you down!*

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



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.