Champions League Qualifiers

Champions League Qualifiers: This Week’s Results and Next Week’s Predictions

The 2018/19 Champions League qualifying play-offs are on with some thrilling action before the group stage draws are done.

Action resumed this week as six of the twelve remaining teams played their first leg fixtures on Tuesday, with the rest six scheduled to square out on Wednesday. The second legs of the fixtures will take place next week, on Tuesday 28th August and Wednesday 29th August, on a reverse schedule.

Below are the fixtures in a broken down format.

1st Leg Qualifying Play-offs

Tuesday 21st August

  • BATE Borisov vs. PSV Eindhoven.

Results 2 – 3

  • Benfica vs. PAOK Salonika

Results 1 – 1

  • Red Star Belgrade vs. FC Red Bull Salzburg

Results 0 – 0

Wednesday 22nd August

  • Ajax vs. Dynamo Kiev

Results 3 – 1

  • MOL Vidi vs. AEK Athens

Results 1 – 2

  • Young Boys vs. Dinamo Zagreb

Results 1 – 1

2nd Leg Qualifying Play-offs

Tuesday 28th August

  • AEK Athens vs. MOL Vidi
  • Dinamo Zagreb vs. Young Boys
  • Dynamo Kiev vs. Ajax

All matches kick off at 20:00

Wednesday 29th August

  • FC Red Bull Salzburg vs. Red Star Belgrade
  • PAOK Salonika vs. Benfica
  • PSV Eindhoven vs. BATE Borisov

All matches kick off at 20:00

Next Weeks’ Predictions

With one foot in, Ajax are on course to make a return to the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2014, with a 3-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev, at the Johan Cryuff Arena. With the second leg being played on Wednesday next week, the Dutch side is expected to maintain their form and stick to their all-out attacking style of play that saw their opponents have a difficult match in the first leg. This will give them a chance to see the game out with a predicted 2-1 in Kiev.

After recording a 2-3 win at the Borisov Arena, PSV Eindhoven will be expected to put up a more convincing and stellar performance when they host BATE Borisov in the second leg. The Dutch outfit started the new season with big wins, but wasn’t very convincing against the Belarusian champions, leaving it late to head home with a slender one-goal lead, although they still have the advantage. They’ll be playing in front of the home fans and are expected to beat the opponents by two goals to none.

Benfica, who were tipped to be favorites against The Black and Whites, struggled to end the match level at the Estadio da Luz. The Eagles are expected to shake that off and rise to beat PAOK 2-1 in Portugal.

Dinamo Zagreb had not met Young Boys before, and both teams looked evenly matched as they played out to a 1-1 draw at Stade de Suisse. The Croatian champions are still favorites, carrying an away goal advantage back home and are tipped to beat the Swiss side by a close 1 goal to none.

AEK Athens fought hard to beat MOL Vidi 2-1 in Budapest. The Hungarian side boasts of a rock-solid defense, but couldn’t hold out the Greek outfit. This makes AEK favorites heading to the second leg, with expectations rising, after showing grit in their path to this match, beating Scottish champions Celtics. The hosts are expected to win by the same margin they did in the first leg.

Serbian side Red Star Belgrade was held to a goalless draw by Red Bull Salzburg, in Belgrade, in an empty stadium. This gives Salzburg an advantage heading back to Austria, where they’re expected to edge out the Serbian champions by two goals to one to proceed.

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