Match Time:7/12/2019 02:30 Friday(GMT+8)
Europa FC: The underdogs (Recent Form: WLWWLW)
Europa FC defeated Sant Julia (6:3 on aggregate) in the preliminary round to UEFA Europa League qualification. They take on Legia on Thursday in the first-leg of the first qualifying round. “Legia are a big European team. They have a great stadium and great fans. The team is very strong physically and perform well in the air play. They are capable of dominating their rivals. I would single out two players, Andre Martins and Carlitos. The former organizes the play well and it’s hard to get the ball back from him. The latter is a dangerous striker, who feels very well in front of opponents’ goal. We work very hard because we have a very prestigious tie with Legia, which we respect and admire. It will be difficult for us to surprise the team at such a level. We want to show ourselves in Europe as a serious and compact team, compete with Legia on an equal level and enjoy every moment of this tie,” said coach Rafael Escobar.
Legia Warszawa: First official game (Recent Form: WDLWWD)
Legia will play their first official match this season on Thursday in Gibraltar. “We can’t think about this tie as if it were friendlies, it would be dangerous and frivolous. In football, miracles sometimes happen. We need to approach to this game seriously. All games now should let us to improve. It’s hard to expect that we’ll be in top form right at the start. We saw the match of our closest rivals in the Europa League qualifiers, we can not underestimate this opponent. We must know that we have a responsibility. This is what the club we represent requires,” said coach Aleksandar Vukovic.
THE BETTING VERDICT:
Summing up, it looks like visitors are favourites of this clash. There’s a significant difference in quality between Europa FC and Legia so perhaps the Polish outfit may get a comfortable victory.
Europa FC VS Legia Warszawa
Pick: Legia -1.75