UEFA Champions League Qualifying Stage Final Round Leg 1 Tips and Predictions

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The UEFA Champions League finds itself in the last round for qualification.

The entry into the beloved Champions League is just one set of matches away, which is monumental for many of these teams competing.

These past few rounds have been entertaining as any football match could be and the talent in the European region is stacked to the tee this year.

Some big hitters in the Intercontinental scene have already been eliminated at this point which means there will be some new names that will get their chance to upset the world.

These clubs have worked hard in the past few months to get themselves into a position to make the biggest league in the world, while also keeping their domestic desires in check.

Those who falter will most likely be placed in the Europa league, which is nothing to scoff at, however, the bigger goal would be to advance and gain the bigger financial and social incentive.

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Matchday Previews and Analysis

Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) versus SL Benfica (Portugal) - Leg #1 - 17, Wednesday August 2022

Dynamo Kyiv has enjoyed a series of very narrow wins to finally land their place into the last stage qualification.

Ukraine’s best has come up with some absolutely crazy results over some great times in this tournament and their mentality will be un-phased heading into this underdog matchup against a red-hot Benfica.

The keys to victory for the boys on Dynamo include making possession scrappy, while also being able to protect the ball in the midfield.

Both of these aspects are things they are currently weak on and will have to bolster before the big game this week. If not, Benfica will be teeing off as usual.

The Portuguese side created over six goals in their domination of Midtjylland in the semi finals stage.

Their talent is one of the best left in the competition and they certainly deserve to compete against the best of Europe once again.

This match will all come down to whether Kyiv can control the attacks of Benfica. If they can’t control the bleeding it might get ugly.

Prediction - Benfica to win this first leg by -1.5 goals or more while also covering the over on Asian total side.

Maccabi Haifa (Israel) versus Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) - Leg #1 - 18, Wednesday August 2022

Two of the top teams in the Eastern European region, both Maccabi Haifa and Red Star Belgrade, will be itching to take their rosters to the next level.

Both sides have been clinical up to this point and have mostly sped through the competition in the best ways possible, resting up their squads for a potential banger this week.

Offensive minded in strategy; both of these teams play similar football in the way they push the ball up the field at any chance they get.

Scoring is never a problem because they know how to clear their lines and make sure the opponent is on the backfoot every minute.

The first leg will be held in Haifa which should be a great atmosphere for the home side and a very hostile one for the visitors.

Setting their sights on a return to the CL, Haifa should have extra motivation to counter the talent gap between the two.

Prediction - Take the draw on the 1x2 or Maccabi Haifa +.5 at home for this greatly contested matchup!