Champions League play-offs: Last chance for clubs to reach group stage

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The time is now. The chance for clubs in Europe to reach the Champions League group stage is here.That’s right it’s the Champions League qualifying play-off round before big boys such as Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus enter the fray.Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the six matches ahead of the first legs on Tuesday and Wednesday night.   Champions League qualifying play-off round before big boys enter fray takes place this weekApoel Nicosia V AjaxApoel Nicosia: Apoel Nicosia’s recent history within the Champions League makes them likely to put up a fight and potentially bring a shock in the tournament. Ajax are no easy opponent but Nicosia’s record of four wins in their last five matches in Europe challenges the idea that they will roll over. The biggest factor raising doubt about the side is their recent home record which currently stands at one win to six losses but historically they are successful in the tournament.Last season’s position: Finished 1st in the Cypriot First DivisionStar man: Andrija PavlovicAjax: Ajax seem to be struggling to gain traction in their Champions League qualifiers barely beating PAOK Salonika to gain a place to qualify. Ajax however, have top-quality players such as Dusan Tadic, who has already scored two goals in the Champions League, as well as a deep-rooted history within the competition which may give them the edge over Apoel Nicosia.  Last season’s position: Finished first in EredivisieStar man: Dusan Tadic Ajax have top-quality players like Dusan Tadic who has scored two goals in the competitionCluj V Slavia PragueCFR Cluj: CFR Cluj defeated Celtic in a sensational game ending in a 5-4 victory (on aggregate) pushing them forward to compete head to head with Czech side Slavia Prague. The team remain in fine form winning four of their six league games, drawing the other two. Alexandru Paun seems to be the man to watch out for due to his calm and controlled play which has led to goals in previous Champions League games.Last season’s

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