By Mark Rawlinson
It’s the last hurdle in the way for twenty teams with ambitions of claiming a spot in the Champions League Group stage this week with the final round of qualifying games.
The first legs of the ten times, including the likes of Arsenal, Celtic and AC Milan, take place tonight and tomorrow night with the second legs on next week.
Arsenal face a tough test against Turkish side Fenerbache on Wednesday night whilst on Tuesday afternoon, Neil Lennon’s Celtic face Shakhter Karagandy in Kazakhstan.
Celtic v Shakhter Karagandy
Celtic face the long trip across to the far east of Europe to play the relative unknown outfit Shakhter Karagandy.
Karagandy successfully defended their Kazakhstan Premier League title in the 2012 and have already had to won two ties to get through to the final play-off round.
They defeated Belarusian side BATE Borisov 2-0 on aggregate in the second qualifying round before defeating Albanian side KF Skënderbeu Korçë in the third qualifying round last week.
They are now just one match away from booking their place in the group stages of a UEFA competition for the first time in their history but Celtic will fancy their chances against Karagandy.
Lennon’s side will be hungry for a taste of Champions League football again this season, after their memorable exploits last season when they came through the group stages, only to be beaten by Juventus in the last 16.
Who could forget their miraculous 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the group stages at Celtic Park in the group stage.
The Scots are favourites to win the first leg of the tie and Stan James offer the best prices of 21/20 whilst Bet Victor provide the best odds of a Karagandy win at 7/2. You can watch the match live on itv4 from 4pm on Tuesday afternoon.
There are four other ties taking place on Tuesday evening, the game which stands out the most being PSV Eindhoven v seven time European champions AC Milan.
Milan are slight favourites for victory at 13/8 with Bet Victor with the same bookies offering prices of 7/4 on a PSV victory.
Fenerbahce v Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will be hungry to make up for their disastrous start to their Premier League season with the 3-1 loss to Aston Villa and will be hoping to get a result from their away leg in Turkey.
Fenerbahce will be a hostile place to go for the Arsenal squad and the Turks are in limbo at the moment after originally being given a two-year ban from UEFA competitions due recent crowd trouble issues.
However they appealed and the final verdict will be issued on August 28th, meaning they could get through this tie and still face being kicked out of the competition and likewise Arsenal could be reinstated if they lose.
The betting stakes are very close although Arsenal just sneak it with Bet Victor at 17/10, with Paddy Power offering 7/4 on a Fenerbahce win. You can watch the game live on Sky Sorts 1from 7:45pmon Wednesday.
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