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SOCCER 10 POOL OF THE DAY
Wednesday 20 July
The champions of Bulgaria, Ludogorets, and Denmark, Midtjylland, are both expected to win at home in their Champions League second preliminary round first leg matches on Wednesday. More details at www.soccer6.co.za.
M1 HJK Helsinki vs Viktoria Plzen: HJK have the advantage of their mid-season in Finland, where they sit in second place. Czech champions Viktoria are playing a first competitive match of the season.
M2 Botev Plovdiv vs APOEL Nicosia: Botev Plovdiv have started the new season in Bulgaria with successive defeats. APOEL from Cyprus are playing their first competitive game of the season.
M3 Maccabi Haifa vs Olympiakos: Israeli’s champions take on that of Greece in the second preliminary round of the Champions League. They met in the same competition 20 years ago when Haifa won 3-0 at home and drew 3-3 in Greece.
M4 San Lorenzo vs Union Santa Fe: San Lorenzo won 2-1 away at Union in their last clash in April.
M5 Dynamo Kiev vs Fenerbahce: Dynamo must play this Champions League tie in Lodz, Poland because of the war in Ukraine. Kiev are unbeaten in four previous clashes with Fenerbahce, with two wins and two draws.
M6 Ferencvaros vs Slovan Bratislava: Both clubs came through the previous round of Champions League action with the Hungarian club winning easily but Slovan needing extra time to advance at Dinamo Batumi of Georgia.
M7 Vikingur vs DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda: Vikingur are on an 11-match unbeaten run. DAC 1904 have won their first three matches at the start of the season.
M8 NK Maribor vs Sheriff Tiraspol: Maribor needed to win away last week to advance in the Champions League while Sheriff hope to emulate last season’s run through the preliminary round all the way to the group phase.
M9 FK Sutjeska Nikšić vs KÍ Klaksvík: Sutjeska from Macedonia lost home and away in the Champions League over the last two weeks while KI ran Norway’s Bodo/Glimt close. Both have dropped down to the Europa Conference League.
M10 Patronato vs Tigre: Patronato have lost their only previous home game against Tigre but that was five years ago.
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