Arsenal and Liverpool may face tricky hurdle

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Liverpool and Arsenal go into today's Champions' League draw wary of facing a difficult tie as they bid to reach the lucrative group stages.

Following Uefa's shuffling of seeded and unseeded clubs for the third qualifying draw the two English clubs - both seeded - could face unseeded Fenerbahce, Spartak Moscow, Dynamo Zagreb, Red Star Belgrade or Legia Warsaw, all of whom are expected to progress after winning their first leg, second qualifying-round games this week. There is also the prospect of meeting Osasuna, Chievo Verona, Standard Liege, Austria Vienna or Heart of Midlothian.

Much depends on the second leg results, but Hearts - 3-0 ahead against the Bosnian side Siroki Brijeg - seem almost certain to qualify for the next stage. Cork 1-0 down after their home leg against Red Star Belgrade, are in the seeded half of the draw.

Unseeded Israelis Maccabi Haifa could face Liverpool or Arsenal, but could be forced to play their home leg in Nicosia, Cyprus.

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