Cork City take on the visitors Legia at “Turners Cross” in the first-leg battle of the 1/8 qualification stage of the UEFA Champions League. The game will be played in Cork on Tuesday, July 10th.
Cork City have been showing extremely strong football in domestic competitions for many years already, still, it faces great difficulties with their promotion to the Eurocups. At the moment “City” settle on the second place in the Irish Premier Division standings with 57 points gained in 25 encounters conducted. The team’s offense demonstrates astonishing play, having scored 46 goals, however, its defense also looks tough with 16 goals conceded. In the previous home tackles Cork City have earned 0:0 draw against Shamrock Rovers together with two triumphs over Bohemians 1:0 and Derry City 4:2.
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In their turn, Legia have been staying the strongest club of Poland for many years already, having now allowed someone else to win the gold medals of the Polish Ekstraklasa. Last season “Wojskowi” too another champion’s title, having picked up 70 points in 37 rounds played. “Legionisci” show confident game, having scored 55 goals, still, their defense also look great with 35 goals conceded. In the latest battles played on the road Legia have thrashed Lech Poznan 3:0, beat Arka Gdynia 2:1 and deserved 0:0 draw against Jagiellonia.
Cork City have net met with Legia before. At this point the Poles look much stronger as the team is on a good pace and is likely to succeed in the forthcoming fight.
Prediction for the match: Legia to win.