Mariehamn vs Legia Warsaw
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Second qualifying round
Date: Wednesday, 12th July 2017
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Wiklof Holding Arena (Mariehamn).
It has been an amazing season for Mariehamn in 2016 as they become the Finnish League Champions for the first time in their history. It was only their 12 season in Veikkausliiga, having earned their maiden promotion back in 2005.
The coming Wednesday will be a history day for the Finnish side as they will make their first appearance at the Champions League qualifiers. IFK had previously made it to the Europa League qualifiers on two occasions – 2013/14 and 2016/17. They were knocked out in the first round itself, failing to win in any of the four matches.
Legia made it to the Champions League group stage last season. This was their first time under the new format. They did have a strong history at the tournament in early days, after having made it to the semifinals on 1970 and quarter finals on 1971 and 1996. Legia had a torrid time at group stage last season, suffering some heavy defeats from the hands of Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
During the qualifying stages of last season, Legia were unbeaten in 6 games and picked up 3 wins and 3 draws. Their away form was largely impressive with two wins and a draw coming under difficult circumstances.
Mariehamn vs Legia Warsaw: Head-to-head
This is the first h2h meeting between IFK Mariehamn and Legia Warsaw.
Mariehamn vs Legia Warsaw: Prediction
Form-wise, Mariehamn are in a decent run, especially with their strong record at home stadium. They are unbeaten in the last four and lost just once in 9 matches in all competitions.
On the other hand, Legia opened the 2017 season with a 2-1 defeat in the Super Cup against Arka on the weekend. Without enough competitive matches under their belt, fitness could become an issue here. Therefore, one must back the Finns to salvage something out of this game, setting up an interesting second leg clash.
Mariehamn vs Legia Warsaw: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Home Win or Draw at 2.75 odds with Bet365.
A decent alternative is Asian Handicap (+1,+1.5) for Mariehamn at 1.70 odds.