Legia Warsaw - Steaua Bucharest Betting Preview: Why backing the visitors is the value play

Following a 1-1 draw in Bucharest last week, the home side are the favourites to make the group stages but our tipster believes that the away side can shock the hosts here
The Champions League playoff round tie between Legia Warsaw and Steaua Bucharest is perfectly poised following a 1-1 draw in Romania last week and it promises to be an intriguing clash when these sides meet again in Poland on Tuesday.

Having grabbed a vital away goal, Legia will have high hopes of progressing to the group stages of the Champions League and Jan Urban’s side can be backed at 13/10 (2.30) with Coral to do so by beating Bucharest here.

The visitors, though, will feel confident about their own chances of victory, having gone 10 matches unbeaten in all competitions this season.

Steaua are chalked up at a juicy 21/10 (3.10) with Coral to win on Tuesday evening while the draw is available at 9/4 (3.25) with the same firm.

Legia may be challenging at the top end of the Polish Ekstraklasa table but have won just two of their last seven matches in all competitions and come into this fixture of the back of a dismal defeat against Lechia Gdansk at the weekend.

With that in mind, Coral’s 6/5 (2.20) quote for the Romanian side in the draw no bet market carries plenty of appeal here while the same firm offer a juicy even money (2.0) quote for Laurentiu Reghecampf’s men to win either half.

It should be noted that Steaua have won the away leg in both previous rounds en route to this tie and, whilst those victories came against notably weaker opposition than Legia represent, there can be little doubt that the Romanian side will come into the match with plenty of belief.

Legia’s recent dip in form has come at an inopportune time and they may well find themselves bowing out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Steaua, it would seem, have been underestimated by the odds compilers here and punters should snap up Coral’s generous even money (2.0) quote for the visitors to win either half while those seeking bigger prices should back Bucharest at a chunky 21/10 (3.10) with the same firm to win in Warsaw.

Steaua Bucharest to win either half at even money for a 2pt stake (2.0) with Coral Steaua Bucharest to win at 21/10 (3.10) for a 1pt stake with Coral

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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