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Champions League play-offs: Lazio and Sporting Lisbon hold leads

| 26.08.2015

Coral have some superb odds available for these midweek Champions League play-off second leg clashes.

Lazio and Sporting Lisbon both lead their ties, but must navigate tricky away returns against Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow respectively. Can they both stay in pole position to reach the group stage?

Bayer Leverkusen v Lazio
Italy Soccer Serie A
The Eagles take a 1-0 cushion to Germany, thanks to super sub Balde Keita, who made a late impact. The young marksman is an excellent 11/4 to strike again anytime.

Lazio were in the luxurious position of being able to rest and rotate players against Bologna at the weekend, which could work in their favour, with the Roman club 5/1 to win in 90 minutes.

Recent Ajax acquisition Ricardo Kishna (7/2 in the anytime market) bagged a goal on his Serie A bow, but Felipe Anderson (9/1 to net first) and Antonio Candreva (10/1 to be on target last) should still be the first-choice flank threats.

Leverkusen also shook things up a little last time out, but Son Heung-Min and Karim Bellarabi should return to the starting XI to support forwards Stefan Kiessling (4/1 to fire home first) and Hakan Calhanoglu (6/5 to score anytime).

The German giants will have to be quick out of the blocks, however, with a 14/1 price for both teams to notch in both halves.

Though Leverkusen are odds-on 8/13 for victory, it is tough to see Lazio, in search of a crucial away goal, failing to respond to any threat.

CSKA Moscow v Sporting Lisbon
Portugal Soccer Champions League Play Off
The Russians are 13/8 to secure safe passage to the group stage, and will fancy their chances of overturning a 2-1 deficit on home turf in front of a passionate support.

A vital strike in Lisbon from Roma-owned dangerman Seydou Doumbia (5/1 to grab the opener) gives them a fighting a chance, while fellow forward Ahmed Musa (9/5 in the anytime market) and Alan Dzagoev (14/5) have both been among the goals lately.

Portuguese giants Sporting need only a draw at 5/2 to progress, meanwhile, so this could be a cagey affair.

The Lions now have Italian orchestrator Alberto Aquilani pulling the strings for forwards Teofilo Gutierrez, 5/2 to prove a menace anytime, and Islam Slimani, who is 9/4 in the same market.

As the poaching pair both bagged in the reverse, their confidence should give Sporting, 12/5 to win in 90 mins, the edge.

Betting tip: Stick by Colombian goal hero Gutierrez @ 5/2 to strike again anytime.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.