Steaua Bucharest won the first leg of the Champions League qualifying round against Vardar and now travels to Skopje for what is expected to be an easy victory. The Romanians scored three goals in Macedonia and they are overwhelming favorites to advance to the next stage, prompting bookmakers to drastically lower the odds.
Bet: Vardar Skopje +1 Goals Asian Handicap
Odds: Bet365 1.95
The Romanian championship has begun and Steaua won the first round, but prepare for a much more difficult match against Astra. They will play away from home and their opponents showed extreme resilience in previous encounters, not to mention that they scored six goals in the last two games. Given the fact that they are virtually qualified for the next stage of the competition, the Romanians won’t field the best starting team in Skopje.
Pintili and Tanase will no longer pair up in the offense, but instead will be used for a single half each, with coach Reghecampf also resting Nikolic. Instead, he will give Brazilian striker Leandro Tatu and Italian Pivoccari a chance to prove their worth, by using them both as starting players. Even if the hosts manage to take an early lead, Steaua is unlikely to panic because even a narrow margin defeat will see them advancing to the next stage. Vardar was far from impressive in Bucharest and was also unlucky for Pavlovic to score an own goal, but the least they can do is to save face in Skopje.
There is no point in backing the visiting team who lacks motivation and is more concerned about the upcoming game in the domestic league, especially at these odds. The value lies with the hosts and Bet365, as the odds offered for an Asian handicap bet stand at 1.95.