Though it’s only July, the new, 2021-22 Champions League season has already started with the qualifying phase. Teams will play in the second round this week, where we can already find some great ties. Like the PSV vs Galatasaray or the Rapid Vienna vs Sparta Prague pairs. Let’s see the Champions League 2nd round predictions for the most exciting derbies.
The Euro 2020 has only finished a week ago, but football fans can already watch some great matches. With the 2020 Olympics also starting this week, we can see the best young players in Tokyo. While the supporters of European clubs can watch their teams in the qualifying round of the new Champions League season. 26 teams will continue this week in the second round, including the Greek, Croatian and Swiss champions. Along with some second-place finishers from stronger leagues. Like Celtic, Galatasaray or PSV Eindhoven. First legs are played this Tuesday and Wednesday followed by the second legs next week. The winners of the ties will advance to the third leg. But the losers of the ties can also continue in the third round of the Europa League.
Champions League 2nd round predictions favor PSV against Galatasaray
One of the most exciting ties of this round can be the PSV vs Galatasaray tie, where the Dutch team is favored to qualify. Online sportsbooks in the Netherlands offer the odds of 1.72 for their victory in the first game this Wednesday. The runners-up in last season’s Eredivisie return to the Champions League after 2019 when they were knocked out in the same stage by Basel. Now the team aims to reach the group stage in the top club competition. Players like German World Cup winner Mario Gotze or the Dutch Euro 2020 player Denzel Dumfries can help to achieve it.
But it won’t be an easy job against Turkish top side, Galatasaray, who finished strong in the domestic league a few months ago. As they won 8 out of their last 10 away games. Now the team has the odds of 4.33 for surprising PSV at home. Manager Fatih Terim has excellent players in the squad from Falcao to Babel, who have lots of experience in Champions League football. Last season the team was knocked out in the play-off round in the Europa League which was a disappointing result from the club. Now their odds to get to the next round is 2.50 in the Champions League 2nd round predictions.
Other top ties of the round
Rapid Vienna will host Sparta Prague this Tuesday with the odds of 2.40 to win the game. It looks to be a very tight tie, with similar odds for both teams’ qualifying. 14,000 fans will support the Austrian runners-up at the Allianz Stadium in the first game. The team won 6-0 against Wiener Viktoria last Friday and against FC Copenhagen. While they drew with Lokomotic Moscow in the pre-season friendlies. But the Czech opponent has similar results in the last few games and the advantage of playing home in the second round. Along with 18-year-old forward Adam Hlozek, who scored 15 goals in 19 appearances last season. Sparta’s odds to go through is 1.66 on bet365.
Online gambling sites in the Netherlands also favor Celtic over FC Midtjylland to go through to the next round. The Scottish club finished second behind Rangers last season. The Bhoys will meet the Danish Superliga runners-up at Celtic Park. Under new manager, Australian Ange Postecoglou they have the odds of 2.10 to win the first game. And the odds of 1.80 to qualify for the third round. Midtjylland was knocked out in the same stage last season, so they hope for a longer run in the competition this time. The team also has a new manager in Bo Henriksen who played in Football League side Kidderminster Harriers before. His experience might help him to lead his team to the next round with the odds of 1.95 to do so.