Romanian side Vaslui did great to hold Fenerbahce to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but that does not necessarily makes them favourites to go through.
The Turkish champions have invested a lot of money this summer and they desperately need to reach the Champions League group stages in order to justify the heavy spending.
Vaslui have really raised their profile over the last few years and they are becoming regular in top European competitions.
The team reached Europa League group stage last term, where they proved a worthy opponent to Lazio, Sporting Lisbon and Zurich, while finishing the league campaign just one point behind CFR Cluj.
That, nonetheless, proved enough for a place in the Champions League qualifying stages, where they have been pitted against very good Fenerbahce side.
Despite their squad undergoing major changes in the summer, Valsui played a great game in Turkey, but they had to settle for 1-1 draw after Liviu Antal’s opener was canceled by Bekir Irtegun in the dying moments of the game.
Following the impressive showing in the first leg, the Romanians are now 2.10 (11/10) with Paddy Power to qualify for the next round.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Coman – Milanov, Varela, Charalambous, Salageanu – Antal, Caue, N’Doye, Sanmartean – Stanciu – Niculae.
After they were denied a place in the Champions League group stages because of their involvement in the match-fixing scandal last term, Fenerbahce are determined to make things right this season.
Just like their next opponents, Fenerbahce missed out on the league title, but the second-place finish saw them make it to the Champions League qualifying round.
The Turkish giants have heavily reinforced the squad this summer, bringing Dirk Kuyt, Mehmet Topal, Egemen Korkmaz, Milos Krasic and Joseph Yobo, while Issar Dia and Emre Belezoglu were the only notable departures.
With the start of their domestic season still a couple of weeks away, Fenerbahce somewhat struggled in the first leg against Vaslui and they were fortunate to avoid defeat having scored in the closing stages of the game.
However, the Turks are expected to show a considerable improvement in the return leg, which makes odds of 2.50 (3/2) offered by bet365 on away win look tempting.
New signings Milos Krasic and Joseph Yobo are unavailable, while Korkmaz, Topal and Sow should start despite carrying minor knocks.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Demirel – Gonul, Irtegun, Korkmaz, Kaldirim – Topal, Cristian – Kuy, Alex, Stoch – Sow.