Betting round-up: Irish eyes set to smile?

Shamrock Rovers are chasing history, but can they claim the result on their travels to reach the heady heights of the Champions League group stage?

Will Irish eyes by smiling in Lithuania on Tuesday when Ireland's top club Shamrock Rovers maintain their bid to become the first League of Ireland club ever to reach the group stages of the UEFA Champions League?

Shamrock Rovers, who last season became the first Irish side ever to reach the group stages of Europe's secondary club competition the Europa League, are away to Lithuanian side Ekranas in the second leg of their second qualifying round tie in the Champions League, having drawn the first leg 0-0 in Dublin.

That means that even a score draw away from home will be enough to send Shamrock Rovers into the third qualifying round of the competition, where the likes of Scottish champions Celtic will enter the competition.

Online bookmakers Luxbet have installed Ekranas as the $2.30 favourites, with Rovers at $2.85 and the draw at $3.15.

But considering the scenario facing the visitors in the pick of the 12 Champions League matches being played across Europe on Tuesday, there is good value in backing a 1-1 draw on Luxbet's correct-score market at $5.75.

Basel to defeat Floras Tallinn at $1.12 at Luxbet
Ekrana and Shamrock Rovers to draw at $3.15 at Luxbet

Unfortunately, the Ekranas-Shamrock tie is one of the few even matches in terms of betting, but there is money to be made on some of the favourites for those willing to take short odds.

Two of the better performed teams in this stage of the competition are Swiss Super League champions Basel and Serbian side Partizan Belgrade, and both should easily win their second leg home ties on Tuesday.

Basel are already 2-0 up from the away leg against Estonian side Floras Tallinn and are the generous odds of $1.12 at Luxbet to win at home in the second leg, while Partizan are only slightly shorter at $1.11 at Luxbet to win at home in the second leg against Malta's Valletta FC, having won the first leg away 4-1.

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