One of the blockbuster matches of this round should be Serie A outfit Roma taking on Portuguese powerhouses Porto. Both the sides have history in continental competitions which makes the tie more interesting. Celtic are handed a tricky match against Israeli champions Hapoel Beer-Sheva. The Brendan Rodgers’ coached side overcame Astana in the third qualifying round and should be fairly confident of progress but don’t rule out Hapoel as yet!
Dundalk will play for a place in history when they face Legia Warsaw of Poland. A win for Dundalk would make them the first team from Republic of Ireland to qualify for the group stages of Champions League. After a shock victory over Bate Borisov, the Lilywhites should be confident of creating another ripple.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have already made it to the group stages from La Liga and Villarreal hope to emulate them. They take on Monaco in an interesting encounter that should go all the way. Swiss side Young Boys take on Germans Borussia Monchengladbach in another interesting line-up. Both sides enjoy being underdogs which means we could see an interesting tie there. Dutch giants Ajax take on Rostov in what should be a great chance for them to qualify for the group stages.
Dinamo Zagreb are paired with Salzburg in another interesting tussle with both sides equally capable of upsetting the other. It’s always tough to predict these kind of matches which puts extra spotlight on the tie.
There isn’t any iota of doubt that Pep Guardiola is the biggest attraction of this year play-offs. It could be a first of its kind experience for the venerable Spanish tactician but that only adds to the glamor of this round. The first legs of the play-off will be played on August 16th and 17th while the return leg will take place on August 23rd and 24th.