Dundee United, who are having a hard time of it in the SPL this season have been given a slight ray of hope tonight against AEK thanks to the home fans being banned due to the risk of crowd trouble.
The game was originally set to be played at the Olympic Stadium but this was deemed unplayable on Monday and the venue switched to Nea Smyrni Stadium, the home of Greek Superleague rivals Panionios.
But with typical Greek fervor angry Panionios fans broke into the ground and proceeded to dig up the pitch and damaged the goalposts so ending any hope of playing it there. Now it looks like the crowd will struggle to reach 1,000 of which 600 will be Dundee United fans.
Even with no home crowd backing AEK will take some stopping and if Dundee United perform as they did against Inverness Caledonian on Saturday the final score could be embarrassing.
None of the British teams look assured of qualification tonight, however it will be a big surprise if Celtic Liverpool and Manchester City don’t make the group stages.
Aston Villa and Motherwell both have good chances, while Dundee United and Welsh Side TNS are playing in hope rather than expectation.