Rangers don’t appear to be creating all that much at Legia as we near half-time – though the crowd is, as mentioned, definitely making it into an occasion. Nip and tuck for Stevie G’s crew at the moment; suspect this will be a tight tie right to the bitter end.
A surprise on the cards in Copenhagen? Vladimirs Kamess has made it 1-1 there with a big away goal for minnows Riga …
Trabzonspor – minus their new signing Daniel Sturridge for now – have also plundered an away goal in Athens. It’s 1-1 with AEK.
Celtic v AIK – teams
Celtic: Gordon, Ajer, Jullien, Simunovic, Bolingoli Mbombo, Forrest, Brown, McGregor, Christie, Edouard, Johnston. Subs: Hazard, Bitton, Griffiths, Bayo, Hayes, Morgan, Ntcham.
AIK: Linner, Granli, Karlsson, Mets, Lundstrom, Larsson, Adu, Bahoui, Lindkvist, Goitom, Sigthorsson. Subs: Janosevic, Dimitriadis, Ogbuke Obasi, Michel, Saletros, Hussein, Rashidi.
Linfield v Qarabag – teams
Linfield: Ferguson, Casement, Stafford, Callacher, Clarke, Mulgrew, Andrew Mitchell, Cooper, Hery, Quinn, Lavery. Subs: Moore, Larkin, Waterworth, Jordan Stewart, Millar, Kearns, McGivern.
Qarabag: Vagner, Rherras, Medvedev, Sadygov, Huseynov, Garayev, Quintana, Michel, Zoubir, Emreli, Romero. Subs: Mahammadaliyev, Ailton, Slachev, Abdullayev, Ibrahhimli, Hajiyev, Gueye.
Can Linfield cause a huge shock and make the group stage for the first time?
Legia v Rangers is off to a bright start. Can’t imagine either fanbase keeping too quiet – sounds electric in there.
Torino v Wolves – teams
Torino: Sirigu, Izzo, N’Koulou, Bremer, De Silvestri, Meite, Baselli, Ansaldi, Zaza, Belotti, Berenguer. Subs: Rosati, Lukic, Bonifazi, Millico, Djidji, Aina, Rincon.
Wolves: Rui Patricio, Traore, Vallejo, Coady, Boly, Ruben Vinagre, Dendoncker, Saiss, Joao Moutinho, Jimenez, Jota. Subs: Ruddy, Bennett, Pedro Neto, Neves, Cutrone, Gibbs-White, Jonny.
Wolves leave Ruben Neves on the bench but that’s a very strong team overall.
Feyenoord, Copenhagen and AEK have all taken the lead since that first bulletin. Malmo are 3-0 up!
And welcome! It’s time for the sharp end of the … erm … blunt end. The Europa League play-off first legs are upon us, we’re beating a brisk path to next May’s showpiece in Gdansk, and here are tonight’s runners & riders:
Torino v Wolves (8pm)
Celtic v AIK (7.45pm)
Linfield v Qarabag (7.45pm)
Legia Warsaw v Rangers (7pm)
Other evening kick-offs
AEK v Trabzonspor (7pm)
FSCB v Vitoria (7.30pm)
Gent v Rijeka (7.30pm)
PSV Eindhoven v Apollon Limassol (7.30pm)
Strasbourg v Eintracht Frankfurt (7.30pm)
AZ Alkmaar v Antwerp (7.30pm)
Braga v Spartak Moscow (7.45pm)
Espanyol v Zorya Luhansk (8pm)
Partizan Belgrade v Molde (8pm)
Slovan Bratislava v PAOK (8pm)
Matches already ongoing
FK Suduva 0-0 Ferencvaros (6pm)
Malmo 2-0 Bnei Yehuda (6pm)
Feyenoord 0-0 Hapoel Beer-Sheva (6.30pm)
Ludogorets 0-0 Maribor (6.30pm)
Copenhagen 0-0 Riga (6.45pm)
Matches that have ALREADY FINISHED!
Astana 3-0 BATE Borisov
Ararat Armenia 2-1 F91 Dudelange
What a lot of football! Those games at the top will be our main focus tonight – what a tie Torino v Wolves could be – but we won’t forget the others. For one thing, fans of Arsenal and Manchester United will be keep to gen up on potential opponents. Kazakhstan and Armenia already seem to be on the table. What about Israel, Lithuania or Latvia?
We’ll find out soon enough! Or soon, anyway. Send in your emails and tweets throughout and let’s enjoy.