The remaining three Champions League play-off round first-leg ties will take place on Wednesday, including a mouth-watering tussle between Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica (Dynamo Kyiv 4/1, Draw 11/4, Benfica 4/6 – Match Result).

The match will be staged at a neutral venue in Lodz and both teams will come into the contest in good form, with Dynamo having already disposed of Fenerbahce and Sturm Graz to reach this stage of the competition, while Benfica thrashed Midtjylland 7-2 on aggregate in the previous round.

Benfica have certainly been impressive since appointing former PSV Eindhoven boss Roger Schmidt as their new head coach in May, as he has won all four of his competitive matches in charge, with his team scoring 12 goals and conceding just two.

After making it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, there will be an air of expectation surrounding the Portuguese giants heading into Wednesday’s match, but Schmidt knows they still have work to do to earn their place in the group stage.

“The next game is always the most important game,” the German told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

“The Champions League is the best competition, it’s a big goal. We have to prove that we have a better team and that we deserve to be there.”

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The match at the LKS Municipal Stadium is one of two kicking off at 20:00 in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the other seeing Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa play host to Serbian counterparts Crvena Zvezda (Maccabi Haifa 13/10, Draw 11/5, Crvena Zvezda 21/10 – Match Result).

Better known as Red Star Belgrade, Crvena Zvezda are one of the form teams in Europe, as they have won their last 15 competitive matches, a run that dates back to April and includes a 7-0 aggregate thrashing of Pyunik in the previous round of qualifying.

Maccabi Haifa are trying to reach the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2010 and they have already overcome Greek giants Olympiacos and Cypriot champions Apollon Limassol to reach this stage.

Wednesday’s other qualifier kicks off at 17:45, with Azerbaijani champions Qarabag hoping to make home advantage count against Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic (Qarabag 5/4, Draw 11/5, Viktoria Plzen 11/5 – Match Result).

Qarabag are looking to end a five-year absence from the group stage after making it through for the only time in 2017, while Plzen have not featured in the competition proper since the 2018-19 season.

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