Spartak Moscow vs Legia Warsaw
UEFA Europa League
Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Kick-off at 15:30 UK/ 16:30 CET
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow).
The UEFA Europa League 2021/22 kick-off with Spartak Moscow taking on Legia Warsaw at the – on Wednesday.
Spartak finished second in the Russian Premier League last season and fell into Europa League group stage after losing to Benfica in the Champions League play-offs.
Legia Warsaw lifted the Polish title last season and they too suffered heartache in the Champions League qualification. They muscled through two rounds before falling to Dinamo Zagreb and then a victory against Slavia Prague at home in the Europa League play-offs booked the ticket for Group C.
The teams are paired with Napoli and Leicester City, thus a positive start of matchday 1 is unavoidable for both sides.
Spartak Moscow vs Legia Warsaw Head-to-head
- The teams are meeting in Europe for a fifth time and Spartak are ahead with 2 wins, 1 win and 1 loss.
- Both Spartak victories happened in their first ever pairing back in 1995/96 Champions League group stage. The matches finished with a score of 2-1 in Russia and 1-0 in Poland.
- The most recent was in Europa League play-off 2011/12. Legia won the tie with a 3-2 win in Russia after the first leg in Poland tied at 2-2.
- The 3-2 win of Legia is their first win both home or away against a Russian side, while this remains to be Spartak’s only defeat against a Polish club.
Spartak Moscow vs Legia Warsaw Prediction
Formwise, both teams are struggling in their respective leagues. Spartak Moscow are 9th while Legia are surprisingly positioned at 16th.
These are early parts of the season and teams can catch up in their respective domestic leagues and both managers may take this Europa League fixture as a chance to earn some confidence and morale.
This is why I am expecting an open game at the Otkrytiye Arena on Wednesday with goals a guarantee. We can take some key points from Legia’s victory over Slavia in the play-offs in August.
Spartak Moscow vs Legia Warsaw Betting Tips
Both teams to Score @ 1.80
Over 1.5 goals in the second half @ 2.10 odd.