Here is what you need to know about the Champions League play-off draws

by Mark Bassey

Wenger open day training Aug2014

For the second successive year, Arsenal will have to battle it out with a Turkish opponent, to qualify for the Champions League proper.

Arsene Wenger’s men were drawn against Besiktas in the Champions League play-off draws conducted on Friday in Nyon, avoiding clubs like Athletic Bilbao, Lille , FC Copenhagen and Standard Liege.

Celtic, who were reinstated into the competiton after it was revealed that Legia Warsaw used an ineligible player in their tie.

In the other matches, Standard Liege play Zenit, FC Copenhagen take on Bayer Leverkusen, while Lille face FC Porto. Ties will be played on August 19/20 and 26/27.

UEFA Champions League play-off round draw

Champions route

Maribor vs Celtic
Red Bull Salzburg vs Malmo
Aalborg vs APOEL
Steaua Bucharest vs Ludogorets
Slovan Bratislava vs BATE

League route

Besiktas vs Arsenal
Standard Liege vs Zenit
FC Copenhagen vs Bayer Leverkusen
Lille vs Porto
Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao


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