Celtic couldn’t take advantage of AEK Athens’ red card in the first leg and they’ll be disappointed with the 1-1 draw. The Bhoys are unbeaten in qualifying and have kept a clean sheet in four of their past five away qualifiers, but they need to score and I think they will struggle in the heat. The Greek side have won nine of their past ten home games, and I think they’ll go through.
Match Tip: Both Teams to Score No
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: AEK Athens 0 v 0 Celtic
Ajax v Standard Liege – Tuesday 14 August – Champions League – BET HERE
The first leg of this tie ended 2-2, and Ajax will have to rally themselves after they lost a two-goal lead. They’ve won three and lost two of their past ten qualifiers, and I expect goals here since they’ve scored and conceded in nine of those. Standard have only won one of the 11 Champions League qualifiers they’ve played in their history, so I’m backing the hosts.
Match Tip: Both Teams to Score
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Ajax 2 v 1 Standard Liege
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - Wednesday 15 August – UEFA Super Cup – BET HERE
Real Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League in May and now have the chance to make it three Super Cups in a row. They haven’t got Cristiano Ronaldo anymore, but they’ve won three of their four pre-season friendlies. Neighbours Atletico are Europa League champions and have strengthened over the summer with Gelson Martins and Thomas Lemar joining. Three of the past five matches between these sides have ended in a Draw. I see the same here.
Match Tip: Under 2.5 Goals
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Real Madrid 1 v 1 Atletico Madrid
Burnley v Istanbul Basaksehir – Thursday 16 August – Europa League – BET HERE
I was impressed by Burnley last week when they drew 0-0 in Turkey, but they didn’t get a crucial away goal which puts them in a weak position. They’ve drawn all three qualifiers so far, with Under 2.5 Goals in all of those. Basaksehir have only scored in one of their previous three away qualifiers and lost two of their three away group games last season. I’ll go for a Home Win.
Match Tip: Under 2.5 Goals
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Burnley 1 v 0 Istanbul Basaksehir
Birmingham v Swansea – Friday 17 August – Championship – BET HERE
Garry Monk faces his former club and he could do with a favour from Swansea. Birmingham have drawn one and lost one so far, while the Swans are one of only three teams with a 100% record in the Championship. The visitors won at St. Andrew’s in the FA Cup in 2014 and, although that seems like a lifetime ago to these teams, Swansea still have the quality to win.
Match Tip: Swansea Win
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Birmingham 0 v 1 Swansea