Champions League play-offs: Lazio, Leverkusen, Sporting and CSKA


The Champions League play-offs begin this week, so Coral bring you the best odds from a selection of thrilling first round ties.

Here, we feature Italian heavyweights Lazio against Bundesliga club Bayer Leverksuen and Sporting Lisbon’s clash with CSKA Moscow. Which two top teams will make it through?

The only two previous tussles between the two took place in 1999, when the Eagles were still in their pomp, and both ended on even terms, so punters can plump for a draw at 21/10.

It is key for Lazio, ambitious after finishing third in Serie A, to get a result on home soil where they are strong, but both teams are odds-on at 4/5 to score.

The Stadio Olimpico side will have to be at their best to push past a solid central midfield pairing of Lars Bender and Christoph Kramer, though Brazilian star Felipe Anderson (15/8 to net anytime) has the tricky footwork to cause trouble.

Customers can also back intelligent attacker Antonio Candreva at the same price, or opt for fearsome poacher Miroslav Klose at 11/2 to hit the opener, while former Manchester United academy product Ravel Morrison is expected to miss out through injury.

As for Leverkusen, Karim Bellarabi and Heung-Min Son, respective 2/1 and 15/8 anytime prices, will support sharpshooter Stefan Kiessling, who is 11/2 to have the final say against the Romans.

CSKA Moscow, meanwhile, are 3/1 to win away, having been victors in the only previous showdown between the two sides, when the Russians ran rampant in a memorable 2005 UEFA Cup final.

The Portuguese hosts have Algeria international Islam Slimani at 9/2 to net first, while controversial Colombian striker Teofilo Gutierrez (6/4 to notch anytime) and fellow new signing Bryan Ruiz (2/1), formerly of Fulham, will also be scrambling to get on the scoresheet.

For the visitors, CSKA have returned dangerman Seydou Doumbia, 7/1 to strike last, to the fold on loan from Roma. However, the Ivory Coast international will have to usurp Ahmed Musa, the same price to fire in the opener, first. Attacking midfield chances Alan Dzagoev and Zoran Tosic are priced at 5/1 and 7/2 to net anytime respectively.

Betting tip: Lazio 8/5 to beat Bayer Leverkusen in 90 minutes

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