UA-52481335-1 Champions League qualifiers 12 July: IFK Mariehamn vs Legia Warszawa - Football Finland

Champions League qualifiers 12 July: IFK Mariehamn vs Legia Warszawa

Champions League qualifiers 12 July: IFK Mariehamn vs Legia Warszawa

IFK Mariehamn vs Legia Warszawa 21:00 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 9.00 – 4.33 – 1.33 – Bet NOW at RedKings

The first ever Champions League qualifier match for Finnish Champions IFK Mariehamn. Their small stadium will be full and there should be good atmosphere. Mariehamn is expected to have a 4-1-4-1 style formation where they will try to use their small pitch to their advantage by crowding the central midfield and preventing Legia from coming through the center. Mariehamn then has strong, tall and experienced defenders to handle any possible crosses that might come. Last season Mariehamn had a couple of good games in the Europa League qualifiers but in the end, Odd BK was too strong. They did show that they can defend really well against a superior opponent. That is what they will want to do again now, hoping that their mid-season form is better than Legia´s pre-season form.

Legia is the big favourite here but they might not be completely ready for the start of the season. They lost the Super Cup match to Arka Gdynia in penalties last week. They are also missing Radovic,  Kucharczyk and Chukwu from this match. Out of these though, only Radovic and Kucharczyk are key players. Last season Legia knocked out at this stage Zrinjski by first drawing away 1-1 and then beating them at home 2-0. They then knocked out Trencin and finally Dundalk. It was a fairly easy route to the group stages where they were clearly beaten first by Dortmund, Real Madrid and Sporting CP. They finished the group with 4 points after a home draw with Real and a home win over Sporting.

Prediction:

Mariehamn is a good home team and they can held for a low scoring draw. Main bet is undeer 2.5 goals with a small bet on the draw.

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