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The hosts have been a formidable force on home turf in recent European fixtures and Al Hain-Cole is backing the visitors to set up defensively in a game of few goals

Steaua Bucharest welcome Legia Warsaw to the Arena Nationala on Wednesday evening, hoping to edge a step closer to their first Champions League group-stage appearance in five years.

Laurentiu Reghecampf's men have won six and lost just one of their last eight European ties on home soil and are 4/6 (1.67) favourites with William Hill to emerge victorious.

The Polish champions have gone 18 years since their one and only appearance in Europe's elite competition and are available at 9/2 (5.50) to give themselves an excellent chance of ending that wait with a precious away win.

The visitors squeezed past Molde on away goals in the previous round after two draws, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them holding their hosts to a stalemate in this one.

Wojskowi romped to the title last season with the most prolific attack and meanest defence in the Ekstraklasa and it is undoubtedly the latter quality that will serve the best in Bucharest.

Having witnessed their Romanian opponents overcome the likes of Ajax and Chelsea in front of their own fans in last season's Europa League, Jan Urban is sure to set his side up cautiously for such an intimidating away tie, as he did in the last round against Molde.

A tight match, therefore, looks assured, and odds of 13/20 (1.65) are not to be missed on this clash going the same way as five of the last seven European matches on this ground and featuring no more than 2.5 goals, in a bet that would also have paid out in the visitors' last three Champions League games.

An away goal in the first leg proved vital to Legia's second-round win over Molde and they will be desperate to gain the same advantage in this game.

That goal was scored by last season's top scorer, Vladimir Dvalishvili, who also bagged the winner against TNS a round earlier.

With four goals in his last eight matches, the Georgian striker is in excellent form and offers genuine value at 9/4 (3.25) to hit the back of the net against the Ros-Albastrii.

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Under 2.5 goals at 13/20 (1.65) for a 2pt stake with William Hill Vladimir Dvalishvili to score anytime at 9/4 (3.25) for a 1pt stake with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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