FOLLOW LIVE: Manchester United’s return headlines UEFA Champions League playoffs


10 games take place over the next two days as five lucky teams will book their spot in the UEFA Champions League group stage via the playoff round.

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The main team everyone is keeping an eye on is Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United. The Red Devils qualified for this round courtesy of their fourth place finish in the Premier League last season, but Van Gaal has admitted he and his side are feeling the pressure ahead of their first leg tie against Club Brugge at Old Trafford. United will be looking to take a healthy lead with them for the return leg in Belgium next week.

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Elsewhere, some other big clashes see former finalists Valencia and AS Monaco squaring off for a place in the Champions League, while Scottish champions Celtic have a tricky test against Malmo. Other ties which could produce fireworks include Sporting Lisbon vs. CSKA Moscow, plus Lazio do battle with Bayer Leverkusen as UCL hopes are on the line for plenty of European giants.

You can follow live commentary and running stats on all 10 games by clicking on the link above. The full schedule for the first legs of the playoff round are below, while the second legs will take place on Aug. 25/26.

Tuesday, August 18

Astana vs. APOEL
BATE Borisov vs. Partizan Belgrade
Lazio vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Manchester United vs. Club Brugge
Sporting Lisbon vs. CSKA Moscow

Wednesday August 19

Celtic vs. Malmo
FC Basel vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Rapid Vienna vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Skenderbeu Korce vs. Dinamo Zagreb
Valencia vs. Monaco