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Hosts Celtic, Basel & Valencia in terrific Champions League treble

| 19.08.2015

The Champions League first leg play-offs continue to Wednesday, and to celebrate Coral are offering a not-to-be-missed treble with fantastically enhanced odds of 5/1 for all of Celtic, Basel and Valencia to win their respective home games.

Ronny Deila’s Hoops host Swedish outfit Malmo, the Swiss champions welcome Maccabi Tel Aviv all the way from Israel and the Bats entertain Monaco at the Mestalla.

All three teams featured in this special are odds-on favourites for victory in their respective matches, so pile your money on while you can. If you are not yet quite convinced, then here are more reasons to back this brilliant bet…

Celtic v Malmo
While this is the two teams’ first-ever meeting, Scottish champions Celtic have neither lost nor conceded against Swedish opposition in four attempts, which is why they are the odds-on 4/6 match favourites here.

The Hoops have a Swede on their books in Mikael Lustig, and the right back is 9/1 to score anytime. While another Scandinavian Stefan Johansen (2/1) of Norway has netted twice in the competition this campaign already.

But prolific striker Leigh Griffiths (even-money) is on fire this term so far, having already managed four goals.

Basel v Maccabi Tel Aviv
Despite being far apart geographically, these two teams incredibly met four times in the 2013/14 season, in the Champions League and then Europa League. Basel were undefeated from all of them and only conceded in one of those games, which is why they are the heavy favourites at 8/15 in this first leg.

With iconic Argentine Walter Samuel at the back Tel Aviv are up against it, while in attack Marc Janko is the man to back at 5/4 to score anytime.

Valencia v Monaco
Remarkably, these two teams’ only competitive meeting was in a European Cup Winners’ Cup first round double header back in 1980/81, which Valencia won 5-3 on aggregate. They are 3/4 odds-on favourites for victory again.

Going forward, the Bats have a wealth of talent, including the likes of Spain capped trio Paco Alcacer, Alvaro Negredo (ex-Manchester City) and Rodrigo Moreno (former Bolton Wanderers loanee), who are respective 13/8, 19/10 and 9/4 shouts in the anytime scorer market.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.