Tuesday 20th July, Beat the Drop Tipster: My best tips for today
Beat the Drop Tips: Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) v Omonia (Cyprus) – Will there be 3 or more goals in the match?
This game does look for goals. Zagreb’s first leg of their last round match finished 3-2 vs Icelandic side Valur with the game also having a missed penalty. The second leg finished 2-0 as did Zagreb’s first league match of the season last Friday with them resting a few players ahead of tonight.
Midfielder Arijan Ademi who scored two goals in the 3-2 win over Valur was one of the ones rested at the weekend and is expected to start tonight. Swiss striker Mario Gavranovic who scored that incredible last-minute equaliser vs France in the Quarter Finals of Euro 2020 plays for Zagreb as well. He scored 17 goals in 28 league appearances last season, a real threat in front of goal.
Dinamo Zagreb are also a regular club in UEFA competitions and last season made it all the way to the Europa League quarter-finals. They’re favourites to win today and I would expect them to make it through to the next round after this.
Omonia meanwhile enter the competition for the first time this season at this stage. Whilst their domestic league hasn’t yet started, they have of course prepared for this game with three friendlies and a pre-season cup final, averaging 4.5 combined goals per game which is well above the 2.5 asked for here. Two 1-1’s and two 3-4’s.
I would keep in mind tonight’s Champions League qualifiers are first legs and not second. You tend to see more goals in the second with more on the line (ie. one team chasing in the last 45 minutes to stay in the competition) perfect for a Europa League Turbo however.
My Prediction: Yes
Beat the Drop Tips: Celtic vs Midtjylland – Will Celtic win the match?
Tough one to call this. It’s been a summer of change at Celtic Park with manager Neil Lennon, captain Scott Brown and CEO Peter Lawwell all departing. Australian Ange Postecoglou has taken over as boss and Dominic McKay the new CEO as well as four new signings to date and plenty more likely to come before the deadline.
I’m certainly not confident in a Celtic win. They’ve had a lot of issues with similar level opposition in Champions League qualifiers in recent years like Cluj and Ferencvaros who are both probably weaker than Midtylland here.
With the huge changes, it really is going into the unknown and Celtic fans on Twitter don’t seem convinced that they’ve got a good enough squad to make it all the way through to the Champions League/Europa League group stages.
The winners of this tie will also have the daunting task of having to play the winner of PSV Eindhoven or Galatasaray in the 3rd round of qualifiers. Celtic will however be roared on by a crowd of around 9,000 home fans, the first one since March last year. A first-half goal for Midtjylland however could turn the atmosphere sour.