Preview of UEFA Champions League playoff matches and TV times

Valencia v Monaco

I’m picking Valencia partially because it’ll make a bit of pub trivia. If Los Che win their play-off, Spain will be the first nation to have five clubs in the same group stage. There is some precedent for calling a Valencia win, they have won 13 of their 20 games against Ligue 1 clubs. By contrast Monaco have recorded just five victories against Spanish sides in 16 attempts. Both teams are contesting the UEFA Champions League playoffs for the first time. Monaco played in last season’s group stage, while Valencia look to return to the group stage after a two-season absence. A difference maker will be if Valencia’s central defender Nicolas Otamendi is still with the club. He has been the subject of much speculation regarding a possible transfer to Manchester City. Losing him would be a major setback even if Valencia wins this playoff.

Sporting Lisbon v CSKA Moscow

This clash is will bring back memories of the 2005 UEFA Cup final.  Overcoming the partisan Lisbon crowd, the Russian side were 3-1 victors on the strength of goals from Yuri Zhirkov, Vágner Love and central defender Aleksei Berezutskiy, who is still with CSKA. The Russian side have to be considered favorites again having not lost in nine previous UEFA Champions League qualifying matches (W5 D4). The danger men for CSKA will be Russian midfielder Alan Dzagoev (two goals in two qualifying matches) and Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa (also two goals in two matches). Sporting have yet to play a qualifying match but opened the Primeira Liga season with a 2-1 win over Tondela. CSKA are riding high in the Russian Premier League having only conceded a single goal and with a perfect record after five matches. Momentum and confidence should see the Russian side through.

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