UCL Qualifying Round 2: Second Leg Preview
Ninety minutes separates Celtic from a place in the Third Qualifying Round of the UEFA Champions League, as it moves up the qualifying ladder towards the group stage.
After a 5-0 thrashing of Estonian side Nõmme Kalju in the first leg, Celtic now travels east to take care of business. Due to the aggregate lead as well Celtic opening its league season this coming weekend, manager Neill Lennon has opted to leave some first-team regulars at home, and give some of the fresh faces a chance to earn some minutes.
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James Forrest, Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor were left home, along with Arsenal target Kieran Tierney. In their place, new defensive signing Christopher Jullien is expected to play along with winger Martin Shved.
Elsewhere, in the League Path side of the bracket, PSV Eindhoven looks to hold on to a narrow 3-2 lead with a trip to FC Basel. PSV is coming off a tough 2-0 loss to Ajax in the Johan Cruyff Schaal, but Mark Van Bommel’s side rested a number of starters, including Mexico National Team stars Hirving Lozano and Erick Gutierrez. Can PSV hold on and advance, or will Basel surprise the Dutch side in Switzerland.
Here’s a look at all the second-leg matches taking place:
Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League qualifying second leg action
Maccabi Tel Aviv v. CFR Cluj (0-1), 1 p.m.
Nõmme Kalju v. Celtic (0-5), 1 p.m.
APOEL v. Sutjeska (1-0), 1 p.m.
Valletta v. Ferencvaros (1-3), 2 p.m.
Dinamo Zagreb v. Saburtalo (2-0), 2 p.m.
FC Basel v. PSV Eindhoven (2-3), 2 p.m.
Olimpiakos v. Viktoria Plzen (0-0) 2:30 p.m.