Last season’s Polish champions played in the Champions League last year, and they even played on Sporting’s group, beating them and finishing 3rd place
Legia Warsaw: This season they were eliminated by Astana in the previous round of the Champions League’s qualifying stage.
A 1-0 win at home in the 2nd leg was insufficient to reach the play-offs, so they were sent into this Europa League’s play-off. Now they must fight for a spot in the Europa League’s group stage.
And this match comes in the best possible time for Legia, who have won 4 of the last 5 matches. They are on great form and players like Guilherme and Nagy have been exceptional so far.
Recently they hired Hildeberto Pereira, a new signing that can become an important player for this side. However, he hasn’t had enough time to settle in this roster so far.
Sheriff: The Moldavian side doesn’t have much quality and although they are strong domestically, on the European stage they usually don’t make an impact at all.
Just like Legia Warsaw, Sheriff also comes into this tie after being eliminated from the Champions League, by Azerbaijan’s Qarabag.
They were able to draw 0-0 in Azerbaijan in a one-way match where they were lucky not to concede, but their luck eventually run out and they were beaten 2-1 at home, which knocked them out of the UCL into this Europa League’s play-off.
Their goal is to reach the Europa League’s group stage, but it won’t be an easy task, since Legia is superior, has a better squad and is in good form, getting better over the course of the season so far.
Legia Warsaw vs Sheriff Pick:
For Legia, continuing on the European stage will be important, although they are out of the Champions League, which would be their preferred competition.
Still, on this tie against the Moldovans, they are quite superior and I believe that their superiority will eventually reflect itself on the pitch.
At Legia’s stadium, I see Legia taking control of the match, attacking more and eventually achieving a good win.
Sheriff will play tight and deep in their own midfield, giving the initiative to the Poles.
They were lucky in Azerbaijan and were able to keep the scoreless tie, but in Poland I don’t fancy another miracle, so I’ll take the Poles to win the match.