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Dinamo difficult to break down

Dinamo difficult to break down


Twelve teams are still dreaming of reaching the group stage of the Champions League and giving their status and bank balance a welcome lift.

Three ties take place on Tuesday evening, with Dinamo Zagreb seeming well places to move past Young Boys after securing a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Switzerland.

Dinamo Zagreb to win to zero @ 3/1

Dinamo have already safely negotiated two rounds of qualifiers and in seeing off Hapoel Beer Sheva and FC Astana they have not only impressed in attack, but have kept two clean sheets on home turf.

Should they be make it three clean sheets in a row at their own Stadion Maksimir, then a place in the group stage is theirs.

They will need to be at their best to do so, however, with Young Boys having banged in five goals at the weekend as they made it five wins out of five in the Swiss top-flight so far this season.

Over in Ukraine, Dynamo Kyiv have left themselves with something of a mountain to climb, having been beaten 3-1 in the first leg of their clash with Ajax.

Ajax to score first @ 20/23

The hosts will have to take an attacking approach to the return leg in the Ukrainian capital and the risk of that should the visitors score first, then the tie is all but over.

And recent form suggests that the Amsterdammers are more than capable of doing just that, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar having scored four times across the ties with Sturm Graz and Standrad Liege, while Dusan Tadic has three to his name.

Huntelaar is 9/2 to score the first goal of the game in Kyiv, with Tadic a very tempting 15/2 to open the scoring.

On Wednesday evening two-time winners Benfica face a night of judgement in Greece, when they take on PAOK Salonika, who impressed in gaining a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Lisbon.

PAOK to qualify @ 11/10

PAOK remain odds against to progress to the group stage and while Benfica, on paper, have the added quality to go through, they will surely be in for a torrid evening in Greece.

They will also have to find a way to nullify the threat of Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijovic, who has already scored four goals in the Champions League qualifiers this season.


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