Place: Ireland. Cork. Turners Cross Stadium.
Date: on the 10th of July, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 19:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: UEFA Champions League. 1st qualification round.
Cork City (the head coach Caulfield John)
Six weeks ago, on the 26th of May in Kiev the final of the UEFA Champions League was held with participation of Real, Spain and Liverpool, England which has ended with the victory of the team of Zinedine Zidane with the score – 3:1.
And now, in the second July mid-week the first qualification round of the new Champions league 2018/2019 tournament starts. In this stage of the tournament the champions of 32 countries (from which Celtic Scotland, Malmö Sweden, Rosenborg Norway, Legia Poland, Ludogorets Bulgaria, APOEL Cyprus and some other clubs are the most famous) are presented.
And one of the most interesting battles at the beginning of the qualification stage is the forthcoming fight of the Irish club Cork City and the Polish Legia. Last season Ireland in the Champions League was represented by Dundalk and the last participation of Cork in the club championship of Europe has taken place in summer 2006, that is, twelve years ago. Then in the status of the champion of the national Premier League the White and Greens during the qualification campaign has won over Cyprian Apollon – 2:1 (1:1 and 1:0) and then has lost to Serbian Crvena zvezda – 0:4 (0:1 and 0:3).
Legia (the head coach Dean Klafurić)
Undoubtedly, in comparison with the closest rival the most popular Polish club participates in the Champions League much more often. And, of course, Legia is more experienced Eurocup fighter. The only problem is that the final results of the Polish grandee in the main tournament of UEFA don’t please the management of the club and its fans at all.
We will remind you that in the previous qualification campaign after the victory over Mariehamn, Finland – 9:0 (3:0 and 6:0), Legia has lost to Astana, Kazakhstan – 2:3 (1:3 and 1:0). And therefore, after such failure the champion of Poland started to experience a lot of shifts of the coaches. As a result now the Croatian expert Dean Klafurić who doesn’t have any experience with the club of so high Champions League level is appointed on the post of the new head coach of the team.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Cork City vs. Legia
Today some facts speak in favor of the champion of Ireland. First, the first match Cork City is spending on home arena, secondly, the new head coach of Legia is only building the competitive team. But, the main thing, is the lack of necessary gaming practice. But, even in this situation the choice of experts in this pair is clear: Cork City – 4.75, Legia – 1.66.
Of course, Legia is famous for its loud name. But to tell the truth, especially in the first away game, it is very difficult to tell that the advantage of the team of Dean Klafurić is overwhelming. And therefore bearing in mind such high quotation on the victory of the hosts, here the bet on double success of the champion of Ireland is more relevant.