Another busy night of North American Champions League Football, as we return to the site of last weeks big winner, the home of minnows Real Esteli.
CCL – Real Esteli vs. Olimpia – (3.00am)
I say it every week of every season with the CCL, and it really is true – but the prices just don’t seem right to me. I said the price for Sporting KC to go here and win seemed very off, and they did it with what I’d call a B team. Zusi, Bieler, Besler, Nielsen, Bunbury, Kamara etc all sat out on the trip to Esteli, and the 2-0 win for Sporting should have been 4-0. Is there much difference between SKC and Olimpia? Sporting are a stronger side, but if we’re going to look at the real second string XI Sporting fielded (and still dominated), I’d have to say Olimpia’s first choice easily has as much quality as the second XI Sporting fielded here. The problem and reason for the prices may well be the inconsistency of this side when they travel away, but they really are facing a dead cert for last place in the group here, they’re in their first CCL campaign, and Olimpia’s experience should be enough to see them come here and come close to matching Sporting KC – Which is what this group is all about for them.
Olimpia -0.25 (1.98 – Ladbrokes)