Champions League - Football: Tuesday preview

09 August 2022 01:18:16 GMTPlus10
Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be hoping Rangers can thrive at Ibrox

The third qualifying round for this season's Champions League will come to an end on Tuesday with ten matches on the cards across Europe.

Rangers scaled the heights of a Europa League final as recently as May, but the Ibrox side find themselves already backed into a corner after losing in Belgium last week and they'll need to find stride fast back in Glasgow if they are to avoid tripping at the first hurdle.

What

Rangers v Union Saint Gilloise

Where

Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland

When

19:45, Tuesday 9th August

How to watch

RangersTV, bet365 Live Streaming

Odds

Rangers 4/5, Draw 14/5, Union Saint Gilloise 16/5

Gers have work to do

Scottish giants Rangers have it all to do on Tuesday as they try to overturn a two-goal deficit when they welcome Union Saint Gilloise to Ibrox.

Goals from Teddy Teuma and Dante Vanzeir put Union SG in the driving seat, and Rangers are dangerously close to being dumped out of Europe's elite competition.

The Gers have managed to win both of their opening two Scottish Premiership matches against Livingston and Kilmarnock, but they were humbled on their travels to Belgium in between times.

Union SG were thumped 3-0 by Mechelen in their latest league game, and while that was their first defeat in nine matches, they should come unstuck on Tuesday.

Rangers fans are expected to pack into Ibrox to try and create another special atmosphere, and striker Alfredo Morelos may get the nod in the final third after he scored from the bench against Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The forward is slowly working his way back to peak fitness, but Rangers do not have time to waste.
Union SG were very impressive during the first meeting, and they may advance thanks to the aggregate scoreline, with a home win and both teams to score catching the eye at 7/4.

What

PSV Eindhoven vs. Monaco

Where

Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands

When

19:30, Tuesday 9th August

How to watch

bet365 Live Streaming

Odds

PSV Eindhoven 5/4, Monaco 2/1, Draw 11/4 

All to play for in Eindhoven

After a close battle in the first leg, PSV Eindhoven and Monaco will do battle in the third qualifying round at the Philips Stadion on Tuesday.

The winner of Tuesday's encounter will face the winner of Rangers' tie, and both teams will fancy their chances of victory.

PSV overcame Emmen 4-1 in their opening Eredivisie encounter of the new season, while Monaco were able to beat Strasbourg 2-1 on their travels in Ligue 1.

Even though PSV did not pick up any further injuries, Ruud van Nistelrooy can still not call upon the services of Carlos Vinicius, Noni Madueke, Mauro Junior and Olivier Boscagli.

They were all absent from PSV's win at the weekend, while Monaco's Benoit Badiashile, Myron Boadu, Willem Geubbels and new signing Takumi Minamino are also set to watch the match from home.

However, Monaco pair Aleksandr Golovin and Kevin Volland will return to the squad, and that could tip the tie in favour of the French outfit.

Monaco are 2/1 to win inside 90 minutes, while they are 4/11 to succeed in the double chance market.

What

FC Midtjylland vs. Benfica

Where

AutoC Park, Randers, Denmark

When

18:45, Tuesday 9th August

How to watch

bet365 Live Streaming

Odds

FC Midtjylland 3/1, Benfica 3/4, Draw 3/1 

Benfica should to advance in style

Benfica have one foot in the next round thanks to their 4-1 win over FC Midtjylland in the first leg last week, and they should get the job done on Tuesday.

FC Midtjylland have it all to do this week if they are to have any chance of reaching the group stages. Their only shot on target was Pione Sisto's penalty in the 77th minute, and even though they are at home on Tuesday, the result should still favour the Portuguese giants.

Lucas Verissimo will once again miss out for Benfica, but Roger Schmidt will likely name a strong starting XI before making changes towards the end of the 90 minutes.

Even though they are odds on, Benfica look good value at 3/4, while they are 5/2 to win to nil when they travel to Denmark.

What

Sturm Graz vs. Dynamo Kiev

Where

Merkur Arena, Graz, Austria

When

19:30, Tuesday 9th August

How to watch

bet365 Live Streaming

Odds

Sturm Graz 19/10, Dynamo Kiev 6/4, Draw 9/4 

Sturm Graz still in contention

Sturm Graz will try to overturn a one-goal deficit when they take on Dynamo Kiev at the Merkur Arena.

Dynamo Kiev have already beaten Fenerbahce in qualifying, and they grabbed a one-goal advantage last week thanks to Oleksandr Karavaev's goal.

Sturm Graz have not reached the group stages of the Champions League since the 2000/01 campaign, and they may need to wait a little longer if Dynamo Kiev get into a rhythm.

Although their domestic schedule has been disrupted recently, they showed they had the quality to win on home soil last time out.

There's every chance this match goes to extra-time, and it looks tough to pick a winner, but both teams to score appeals at 1/1.

Sturm Graz have scored five in five at home, while Dynamo Kiev have scored six times during the same period on their travels.

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