Champions League Qualifying Shocks on Tuesday Night

By: SBAT Staff

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The latest Champions League qualifying round got underway last night and after we saw a few shocks take place, some of the bigger names in the tournament have a lot of work to do. This can often be a tough time for the bigger teams who are in at this stage, and that was certainly something we saw last night. The second leg ties next week are going to be huge for a number of teams, and some of the bigger names could be on their way out at this early stage.

CFR Cluj gave us the first shock of the night, they were expected to reach the group stages by many and have done so in the past. With home advantage they were expected to wrap up the tie last night but instead were beaten 1-0 by Malmo, giving them a tough task next week. Cluj will have to go over to Sweden and pick something up if they want to remain in the Champions League, and the pressure is firmly on them.

Another team who lost at home last night and one who will have to now do things the hard way is Legia Warsaw. They were beaten 2-0 by Spartak Trnava and have it all to do in the second leg. A late goal in stoppage time for Trnava turned the tie on its head, and really put Warsaw up against it next week. This is a big lead Trnava have, and the second leg is going to be a fascinating watch for anyone who is going to tune in.

One of the biggest names in the tournament right now is Basel, and they head home with work left to do as they were beaten 2-1 away at PAOK. While they do have the luxury of playing the second leg at home, this was not an expected result, and they are going to have to play well next week to turn things around. A goal in the last 10 minutes rescued Basel from facing an even tougher task in a game where they were simply not good enough on the night.

Tonight's Champions League qualifying games feature more big clubs, could we see some more shocks? The biggest favourites we have today are Ludogorets who play at home to Vidi FC, and they are 1/4 to pick up the win. Elsewhere, Ajax are probably the biggest team in the competition right now, and they are priced up at 3/10 to beat Sturm Graz. Celtic are another team fancied by many, and they are 1/2 to beat Rosenborg at home. Will we have more shocks tonight, or will the favourites perform?