The first fixtures of the Champions League third qualifying round are up tonight with five first leg matches scheduled.
Both sets of fixtures for Tuesday and Wednesday are split into two: the Champions Path and the League Path. The Champions Path includes all the league champions which do not qualify directly to the group stages while the League Path includes those sides who haven’t won the league but still have a chance to make it to the group stages through the qualifying stage.
We’ll take a look at two of the best matches for tonight first.
PAOK vs Ajax
Time: 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Toumbas, Thessaloniki, Greece
This ought to be a very interesting match even though for many Ajax will be the favourites to win. PAOK in fact, won the league title last season after 30 years of absence.
— PAOK FC / ΠAOK (@PAOK_FC) August 6, 2019
Ajax, on the other hand, have had an amazing Champions League campaign last season as they reached the semi-final stage for the first time since 1997 and also won their 34th Dutch Eredivisie title.
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) August 5, 2019
For PAOK, it will be the first match in the Champions League this season and they already have a big task ahead of them as they face the Dutch champions.
The previous five encounters were all in favour of Ajax as they won two and drew three and so PAOK will be hoping they can get their first-ever win against the Dutch giants.
PAOK predicted line-up: Ingason, Varela, Jaba, Shakhov, Crespo, Akpom, Matos, Limnios, Misic, Biseswar, Paschalakis
Ajax predicted line-up: Onana, Veltman, Tagliafico, Schuurs, Martinez, Marin, Blind, Van de Beek, Neres, Ziyech, Tadic
Club Brugge vs Dynamo Kyiv
Time: 20:30 CET
Venue: Jan Breydelstadion, Brugge, Belgium
Having performed well in their respective domestic leagues last season, Belgium’s Club Brugge and Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv will compete against one another to earn a place in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League.
— Club Brugge KV (@ClubBrugge) August 6, 2019
With this in mind, the Belgians will look for a new opportunity in this season’s Champions League. They will have to overcome their poor record against Ukrainian opposition, however, if they are to advance to the next Champions League qualification round.
Dynamo Kyiv should also be well prepared for this match. Having completed their preseason in mid-July, the Ukrainians have played three competitive fixtures leading up to this Champions League qualifier.
— FC Dynamo English (@dynamokyiven) August 6, 2019
The two sides have never met before and both of them will, therefore, want to kick-off their head-to-head record with a win.
Club Brugge predicted line-up: Mignolet, Mata, Mechele, Mitrović, Vormer, Amrabat, Rits, Diatta, Vormer, Openda, Vanaken
Dynamo Kyiv predicted line-up: Boyko, Kędziora, Burda, Kádár, Mykolenko, Shepelyev, Buyalskyi, Tsyhankov, Harmash, Verbič, Besyedin
*Odds are subject to change