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Brugge's David Okereke, right, and Dynamo Kiev's Tamas Kadar challenge for the ball during the Champions League third qualifying round, second leg, soccer match between Dynamo Kyiv and Club Brugge at the Olympiyskiy stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.
Brugge's David Okereke, right, and Dynamo Kiev's Tamas Kadar challenge for the ball during the Champions League third qualifying round, second leg, soccer match between Dynamo Kyiv and Club Brugge at the Olympiyskiy stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.|Efrem Lukatsky | Associated Press
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Soccer Tuesday: Miller picks the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Playoff – APOEL v Ajax and LASK vs Club Brugge

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

This is it.

For the 12 teams left in the UEFA Champions League qualification process, which started almost two months ago, the group stage draw is in sight.

But that is just for the winners of the two-legged ties: the losers drop into the much less lucrative UEFA Europa League.

Tuesday and Wednesday, there are three first leg matches that will take place, with some big name teams in the games. Ajax, which has four European titles to its name and reached the semifinals last season, will travel to Cyprus for a tough test with APOEL Nicosia, a club which has come to prominence itself in the Champions League this decade.

Club Brugge will head to Linz, Austria to take on LASK in a tough tie to pick. There should be goals, as the two teams try to position themselves for the return leg next week in Belgium.

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAYOFF FIRST LEG

APOEL (+500) vs. Ajax (-188), draw (+333), 3 p.m. EDT

THE PICKS:

Ajax -1 Asian handicap (-105)

Over 2.75 goals (-110)

LASK (+155) vs. Club Brugge (+190), draw (+215), 3 p.m. EDT

THE PICK:

Both teams to score yes (-105)

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