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CL & EL play-off draws: Prague may await Celtic as Wolves face prospect of tough Torino tie

By Ben Green

Published: 11:21, 5 August 2019

The Champions League and Europa League play-off rounds have been determined in Switzerland this morning as preparations for the 2019/20 season cranks up a notch. 

For the continent’s Blue Riband tournament, the third qualifying round is yet to be contested, but the likes of Celtic, Ajax and Porto will now know who awaits them should they progress past this stage of the competition.

CL & EL play-off fixtures: Five key matches…

  • CFR Cluj (ROU) or Celtic (SCO) vs SK Slavia Prague (CZE)
  • APOEL (CYP) or Qarabag (AZE) vs PAOK (GRE) or Ajax (NED)
  • Torino or Shakhtyor Soligursk vs Pyunik or Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • ​Legia Warsaw or Atromitos vs Midtjylland or Rangers
  • Rijeka or Aberdeen vs AEK Larnaca or Gent

Neil Lennon’s side face CFR Cluj in the third qualifying stage after comfortably easing past Nomme Kalju the round prior, taking on the Romanian on Wednesday before welcoming the Railwaymen to Parkhead for the return fixture next Tuesday.

Last season’s semi-finalists Ajax must first navigate their way past PAOK across two legs before contesting in the final round to reach the Champions League group phases, while Porto – a quarter-finalist last term – will also look to negotiate a route past Krasnodar.

With that considered, who will these sides tee off against should third round progression materialise? Read on for the CL play-off draw…

Champions Path (for league champions)

GNK Dinamo (CRO) or Ferencvaros (HUN) vs Maribor (SVN) or Rosenborg (NOR)

CFR Cluj (ROU) or Celtic (SCO) vs SK Slavia Prague (CZE)

Young Boys (SUI) vs Crvena zvezda (SRB) or Kobenhavn (DEN)

APOEL (CYP) or Qarabag (AZE) vs PAOK (GRE) or Ajax (NED)

League Path (for league non-champions)

Basel (SUI) or LASK (AUT) vs Club Brugge (BEL) or Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)

Istanbul Basaksehir (TUR) or Olympiacos (GRE) vs Krasnodar (RUS) or Porto (POR)

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The first leg of play-off matches will be contested on August 20/21 while the second leg will take place a week later on August 27/28.

EL play-off draw

The Europa League play-off round has also been determined, with the likes of Celtic and Ajax finding out their fates should they lose in their third qualifying rounds, while Rangers and Wolverhampton Wanderers have also discovered their next opponents should they progress past Midtjylland and Pyunik…

Maccabi Tel-Aviv or Suduva vs Dinamo Zagreb or Ferencvaros

Crvena zvezda or Copenhagen vs Riga or HJK

Cluj or Celtic vs Sheriff Tiraspol or AIK

​Ararat-Armenia or Saburtal vs Dudelange or Kalju

​Ludogorets Razgrad or TNS vs Maribor or Rosenborg

​Sutjeska or Linfield vs APOEL or Qarabag

​Slovan Bratislava or Dundalk vs PAOK or Ajax

​Astana or Valletta vs Sarajevo or BATE

​Torino or Shakhtyor Soligursk vs Pyunik or Wolverhampton Wanderers

Universitatea Craiova or AEK vs Sparta Prague or Trabzonspor

​Legia Warsaw or Atromitos vs Midtjylland or Rangers

​Feyenoord or Dinamo Tbilisi vs Norrkoping or Hapoel Beer-Sheva

​FCSB or Mlada Boleslav vs Ventspils or Vitoria SC

AEK Larnaca or Gent vs Rijeka or Aberdeen

​Haugesund or PSV Eindhoven vs Austria Wien or Apollon Limassol

​Luzern or Espanyol vs CSKA Sofia or Zorya Luhansk

​Partizan or Malatyaspor vs Molde or Aris

​Brondby or Braga vs Thun or Spartak Moscow

​Malmo or Zrinjski vs Neftci or Bnei Yehuda

​Lokomotiv Plovdiv or Strasbourg vs Vaduz or Eintracht Frankfurt

​Mariupol or AZ Alkmaar vs Antwerp or Viktoria Plzen