Borussia Dortmund v Legia Warsaw: Polish side could make their mark !
The first meeting between these sides back on match day one of the Champions League ended in Borussia Dortmund recording a 6-0 win over a hapless Legia Warsaw team that simply couldn’t handle the Germany’s fearsome forward line.
With that in mind it’s no surprise to see Thomas Tuchel’s side, fresh from a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich at the weekend, priced at just 1/10 (1.10) to make it a double against the visitors who sit bottom of Group F with just a single point to their name.
Legia are a massive 28/1 (29.0) with Ladbrokes to record what would be one of the biggest shocks in recent history. They are by far the biggest price on the Champions League midweek coupon, even the draw is a longshot at 10/1 (11.0).
It’s certainly the case that the Polish side have their work cut out although a change of manager since the first meeting between these clubs has seen something of an upturn in their fortunes. Besnik Hasi lasted just three months in charge before paying the price for some poor results.
Jacek Magiera took over in late September and his side are much improved under the 39-year-old who represented the club 176 times during his playing career before working behind the scenes in various roles since retiring from playing in 2006. The change certainly seems to have galvanised the squad, especially on the European stage. The huge underdogs are 11/10 (2.10) to win the game with a +3 handicap and that may appeal to some but there looks to be a better alternative in terms of a value bet.
The Polish side were just moments away from completing an historic victory over Real Madrid in the previous round, leading 3-2 going into the final stages before the defending champions scored a last gasp leveller in a game that was played behind closed doors. Such an improvement in the final third could well lead to a worthwhile wager ahead of their trip to the Bundesliga giants.
Including that draw with Los Blancos, Legia have netted 17 times in their previous five matches and having netted in back-to-back games against Zidedine Zidane’s side, they could well trouble a defence that has kept two clean sheets in their previous eight matches.
Both teams to score is a 5/4 (2.25) chance with Ladbrokes but the better option is undoubtedly the option to back over 0.5 Legia Warsaw goals at the same price. Dortmund should net on home soil of course but there is little point in punters taking the chance in the popular BTTS market when exactly the same price is available on just half the bet elsewhere.
For a bigger price, there is 13/8 (2.63) available on Dortmund winning a game in which both teams get on the score sheet and that too deserves some consideration from punters given how dominant the hosts are expected to be.