Place: Poland. Warsaw. Polish Army Stadium.
Date: on the 17th of July, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 20:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League. 1st qualification round (return leg)
Quintet of bright favorites of the qualification campaign
At once five champions of various European countries have gained overwhelming advantage over their rivals in starting matches of the qualification. And therefore return matches for these favorites have turned into a mere formality.
The Bulgarian Ludogorets during the home meeting with the champion of Northern Ireland Crusaders has gained the greatest success (7:0). The winner of the pair Videoton (Hungary) – Dudelange (Luxembourg) will be the next rival of the Greens.
Further, the champion of Macedonia Shkëndija has ruined the Welsh TNS (5:0). With overweight in three goals Celtic,Scotland, Malmö, Sweden and Hapoel from Beersheba have won over the weak opponents. However in other eleven pairs the question of the total winner will be resolved during return games which will take place on the 17 -18th of July on the fields of rivals.
We present to your attention a return leg of the Polish Legia and Irish Cork City. Unfortunately, right now the team of John Caulfield is experiencing a certain game crisis. Alas, this is not that Cork which until recently was destroying all around. And therefore in two last matches of national championship, the defending champion of Ireland has gained only one point. At first, it was guest defeat in a match with other challenger for a new title – Dundalk (2:1). And then Cork didn’t manage to win over middle level team Shamrock Rovers (0:0).
Of course, after such mistakes John Caulfield’s team has already lost the leading position and now is behind Dundalk by four points. But, the main thing is that the champion of Ireland has managed to lose to the Polish Legia the first home match of a qualification cycle (0:1). And the new tournament of Ekstraklasa hasn’t begun yet and therefore the hosts of the Polish Army Stadium have no game practice.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Legia vs. Cork City
The 79th minute when the right winger of the guests Michał Kucharczyk has scored a winning goal (0:1) became the most important minute in the game between the teams of John Caulfield and Dean Klafuric. Now, according to experts, game advantage of the champion of Poland doesn’t raise any doubts: Legia – 1.28, Cork City – 11.50.
To tell the truth, after the victory in the first match on the field of the rival, now in a return home match even the goalless draw will be enough for Legia. And therefore at this meeting it is hard to wait for a large number of the scored goals. The champion of Poland, first of all, will take care of the gate. In the next round the winner of this pair will play with the winner of the pair Spartak Trnava (Slovakia) – Zrinjski (Bosnia and Herzegovina).