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UEFA Champions League qualifying preview

Apoel Nicosia v Ajax - UEFA Champions League

NICOSIA, CYPRUS - AUGUST 20: (L-R)Sergino Dest of Ajax, Andre Vidigal of Apel FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Apoel Nicosia v Ajax at the GSP Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Nicosia Cyprus (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

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We’re so close to Thursday and the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, but six spots are still in play.

Here’s the state of play in all six ties.

All matches at 3 p.m. ET

Krasnodar returns home knowing it needs a historic result to have any hope of the group stage. Olympiacos has a 4-goal lead and has not allowed a goal in a competitive game in 540 minutes.

Red Star Belgrade holds the cards as Young Boys return the visit from a 2-2 first leg in Switzerland. A win obviously does the trick, but so will 0-0 or 1-1 draws.

Croatian powers Dinamo Zagreb hold a 2-0 edge after their first leg win over Rosenborg.

All matches at 3 p.m. ET

American teen Sergino Dest and Ajax didn’t manage a goal in Cyprus, but will like their chances of beating APOEL Nicosia for a place in the next stage.

Club Brugge and Slavia Prague return home from first legs with 1-0 advantages. Austrian side LASK will try to take care of Brugge in Belgium, while CFR Cluj has the challenge of overturning the Czech side’s one-goal advantage.

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