Dundalk will face a trip to either Wales or Hungary if they can overcome BATE Borisov on Wednesday to advance to the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
A trip to Galway also lies await in the third round of the FAI Cup.
This morning’s Champions League draw in Nyon paired Stephen Kenny’s side with the winners of the clash between The New Saints and Videoton.
A 1-0 win at Oriel Park next Wednesday would see the Lilywhites advance to the next stage and earn a €1.2m pay day.
Videoton – who are based in Székesfehérvár, in the west of Hungary and about an hour’s drive from the capital Budapest – lead TNS 1-0 from the first leg in Wales earlier this week and would be favourites to advance. Either the Welsh or Hungarian side would be at home in the first leg, with the return leg taking place in either Ireland or Belarus, depending on who advances.
The third qualifying round ties are played on 28/29 July and 4/5 August.
Were Dundalk to beat BATE and overcome either TNS or Videoton in the third qualifying round they would then face a play-off to reach the Champions League group stages. Progression that far would see the Lilywhites join Manchester United, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting CP and Lazio in the play-offs, the draw for which is on August 7th.
Five play-off winners would then go through to join the 22 teams already through to the group stage: Barcelona, Bayern München, Chelsea, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Zenit, PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Porto, Arsenal, Manchester City, Sevilla, Olympique Lyonnais, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos, Galatasaray, AS Roma, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Gent.
A victory over BATE would guarantee a shot at the Europa League play-offs should they fail to progress beyond the next stage. Victory over BATE and then Videoton or The New Saints would earn Dundalk €5.4m and even were they to miss out on the Champions League group stages, defeat would put them automatically into the group stages of the Europa League.
Meanwhile, Dundalk will face a trip to Eamonn Deacy Park in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup third round.
The draw was made today in Sligo and is a replica of the draw for the EA Sports Cup semi-final between the two sides, which takes place on Monday August 3rd.
Dundalk have already beaten Tommy Dunne’s side twice this season in the league – 3-0 at Oriel Park and 4-2 away earlier this month.
The FAI Cup semi-final is presently scheduled for the weekend starting Friday August 21st.