UEFA Champions League third qualifying round draw


The Champions League third qualifying round draw was made on Monday at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

Seven sides will enter the competition in the third qualifying round, with a further 13 advancing from the second qualifying round.

Although it’s unlikely to find the competition winners in this round, you will still find value bets in big names making it to the group stages or not, and you can use a bookmakers comparator to get the best odds for CL qualifying.

Below, we look at the major games to be played.

United Kingdom sides in the Champions League third-round qualifying draw

If they overcome 2020/21 Champions League group stage participants Midtjylland, Celtic will take on either PSV Eindhoven or Galatasaray.

The Hoops welcome the Danish side to Celtic Park for the first leg on Tuesday before the return leg in Denmark on July 28.

If they fail to get past Midtjylland, Ange Postecoglou’s men will play Czech Republic outfit Jablonec in the Europa League. 

Celtic’s arch-rivals Rangers were seeded for the third-round qualifying draw and will start out against the winners of the tie between Malmo or HJK Helsinki.

The Swedish juggernauts are warm favourites to knock the Finish team out of the competition, which would pit them against the reigning Scottish Premiership titleholders.

Champions Path

Slavia Praha will begin their Champions League journey in the third qualifying round against Hungary’s Ferencvaros or Zalgiris Vilnius of Lithuania.

Last season’s Europa League last-16 contestants Olympiacos are odds-on favourites to oust Azerbaijani side Neftci Baku and set up a third qualifying round tie against Slovenia’s Mura or Bulgaria’s Ludogorets.

After 2020/21 Europa League heroics against Tottenham Hotspur, Dinamo Zagreb will be confident of finding their way past Cyprus’ Omonia Nicosia.

The Croatian champions would face Legia Warsaw or Flora Tallinn of Estonia should they successfully negotiate their second qualifying round tie.

Losing sides in the champions path move into the Europa League play-offs. 

The play-offs victors enter the Europa League group phase while the losers transfer to the Europa Conference League group stage. 

Full draw:

Dinamo Zagreb/Omonoia FC vs Legia Warszawa/Flora Tallinn

Lincoln Red Imps/CFR Cluj vs Slovan Bratislava/Young Boys 

Olympiacos/Neftçi PFK vs Mura/Ludogorets 

Kairat Almaty/Crvena Zvezda vs Alashkert/Sheriff Tiraspol

Malmo/ HJK Helsinki vs Rangers 

Ferencvaros/Zalgiris Vilnius vs SK Slavia Praha 

League Path

Benfica and Spartak Moscow will lock horns in a high-profile Champions League third qualifying round tie, while Genk will trade tackles with Shakhtar Donetsk.

The league path will bring Ligue 1 powerhouse Monaco against the winners of an exciting second qualifying round tie between Rapid Wien and Sparta Praha.

Losing teams in the league path switch directly into the UEFA Europa League group phase.

Full draw:

PSV Eindhoven/Galatasaray vs Celtic FC/Midtjylland 

Spartak Moskva vs Benfica 

Genk vs Shakhtar Donetsk 

Monaco vs Rapid Wien/Sparta Praha

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