Legia Warsaw vs Mariehamn
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Second qualifying round
Date: Wednesday, 19th July 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Miejski (Warsaw).
Even though Legia Warsaw were massive favourites to go through over two legs, we kind of expected Mariehamn to show a greater resistance at least in the first match front of their fans.
The Polish champions played the first leg without some of their key figures, but it was still not of a huge help for the Finnish side who suffered a demolishing 0-3 defeat at Wiklof Holding Arena.
Legia managed to take the title in the last term of Ekstraklasa in spite of a somewhat slower finish to the season.
The team led by Jacek Magiera enjoyed a decent campaign in the last season of Champions League where they came third in a super tough group besides the likes of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon.
The team, however, lost two super important names from the last season as Tomas Necid made the return to Bursaspor, while Odjidja Ofoe signed for Olympiacos.
Mariehamn have a modest squad even in terms of the Finnish conditions as none of their players feature the national team even though the team took the title last year.
The hosts will obviously failed to repeat the surprising success from the last season as they currently hold the fourth position being ten points behind HJK at the top of Veikkausliiga standings after 17 rounds of the competition.
Legia Warsaw vs Mariehamn: Head to head
Legia basically finished the job in the first half of the first leg at Wiklof Holding Arena.
Breazilian midfielder Guilherme was safe from the spot to push the Poles ahead only eight minutes in the game, while Dominik Nagy and Kasper Hamalainen added two more goals before the break to close the tie.
Legia Warsaw vs Mariehamn: Prediction
The gulf in quality between the two sides is obvious and we expect Legia to clinch yet another convincing win in front of their fans.
The visitors conceded as many as two goals to Ilves in their last Veikkausliiga action proving to have too many holes at the back. Legia’s strikers will certainly be able to exploit them in the rematch which is why we expect to witness a high-scoring affair on Wednesday.
Legia Warsaw vs Mariehamn: Bet Tips
The main pick will be Legia -2.5 handicap at the odds of 17/20.
You can also back Legia to win to nil at 3/5.