Champions League play-off tips: Salzburg and PSV can progress
Richard Marsh | 29 August 2018
Odds and previews of tonight’s final three qualifiers
The final three places for the Champions League spots will be sealed tonight, ahead of the draw on Friday.
Ajax, AEK Athens and Young Boys grabbed the first trio of places last night, but who will join them this evening?
The Coral News Team are on hand with a one-stop preview of tonight’s three win-or-bust fixtures…
RB Salzburg v Red Star Belgrade
This tie is finely poised after a 0-0 draw in Serbia last week. Salzburg didn’t get the away goal, but equally, they have home advantage tonight.
But one goal for the Serbian outfit means the hosts must score twice.
That looks unlikely however. Salzburg have been formidable at home – they’re unbeaten in 44 matches. They’ve only conceded in one of their last five at the Red Bull Arena, too.
PAOK Salonika v Benfica
Amr Warda grabbed a potentially vital away goal for PAOK in Lisbon a week ago, and now the Greek outfit have the upper hand.
That away goal means Benfica must score tonight, or they’re out. On paper they have the better squad, but the Primeira Liga outfit have won only one of their last nine Champions League away games.
PSV Eindhoven v BATE Borisov
After a thrilling 3-2 first leg win in Belarus, Eredivisie giants PSV will be looking to shut things down tonight.
The Dutch outfit are seeking only their third appearance in the group stages since 2009. They’re 4/11 favourites tonight to win and seal their place in Friday’s draw. A draw at 21/5 would also see Mark van Bommel’s men through.
BATE must score twice this evening. A 1-0 win would put PSV through on away goals.
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