Tue 20 Jul by Mark Gleeson
SOCCER 6 POOL OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 20 July S6 V2 P1
M1 Hamilton Academicals vs Ayr United: These sides meet for a second successive season in the Scottish League Cup. Accies edged Ayr 2-1 in their last meeting last October.
M2 Dinamo Zagreb vs Omonia Nicosia: Champions League qualifier. Zagreb suffered a surprise defeat in the opening game of the Croatian premier league last Friday. Omonia won the Super Cup in Cyprus last week, but only after a penalty shootout.
M3 Ferencvaros vs Zalgiris: Both clubs won home and away in the previous round of the Champions League with Ferencvaros seeing off opposition from Kosovo, while the Lithuanian champions knocked out Linfield of Northern Ireland.
M4 Rapid Vienna vs Sparta Prague: Austria’s Rapid Vienna got through one round of the Champions League last season before elimination. Sparta are in the Champions League for the first time in five years.
M5 Glasgow Celtic vs FC Midtjylland: Both sides finished runners-up in their respective domestic seasons last year. Midtjylland lost to Odense at home in their opening game of the new season on Friday.
M6 Kilmarnock vs Greenock Morton: Morton are 2-1 ahead of Kilmarnock in only three previous clashes between the two Scottish clubs, who will meet four more times this coming season in the Championship after this League Cup group tie.
SOCCER 10 POOL OF THE WEEK
Wednesday 21 July S10 V2 P1
M1 Malmo FF vs HJK Helsinki: One of six UEFA Champions League qualifiers in the pool. Both clubs are 12 games into their new domestic season and top of their respective leagues in Sweden and Finland. But while Malmo won 5-0 on Saturday, HJK suffered a surprise loss.
M2 Sandefjord vs Haugesund: Haugesund have won five in a row against Sandefjord, including their last two visits.
M3 Sarpsborg 08 vs Mjondalen: Sarpsborg are just two points above Mjondalen in the Norwegian premier league (Eliteserien) with both clubs precariously close to the relegation zone.
M4 Stabaek vs Lillestrom: Stabaek sit at the bottom of the Eliteserien table in Norway while Lillestrom are on a seven-match unbeaten run.
M5 Stromsgodset vs Odd BK: Last season in the Eliteserien, Stromsgodset won both home and away against Odd. But before that Odd had beaten them twice in a row.
M6 NS Mura vs Ludogorets Razgrad: Mura from Slovenia lost 3-0 at home in a calamitous start to their league on Saturday. Ludogorets won the Bulgaria Super Cup with a 4-0 thumping of CSKA Sofia at the same time.
M7 Slovan Bratislava vs Young Boys Berne: Slovan beat Shamrock Rovers in the previous round of Champions League, while Young Boys enter at the third preliminary round stage. Young Boys last made it through to the group phase in 2018.
M8 Legia Warsaw vs Flora Tallinn: Legia lost on penalties at the weekend in the Polish Super Cup. Flora are in second place in the Estonia league, unbeaten after 15 matches.
M9 Olympiakos Piraeus vs Neftci Baki: Olympiakos enter Champions League at the third preliminary round stage. Neftci from Azerbaijan won both home and away in the previous round against Dinamo Tbilisi from Georgia.
M10 PSV Eindhoven vs Galatasaray: Both clubs are yet to play a competitive match this new season. PSV have won three of four previous meetings with Galatasaray in Champions League.