Tuesday 31 Jul

Trnava vs Legia - Match Preview

30 Jul 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Qualification
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Qualification

FC Spartak Trnava

  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:30 GMT
31 July 2018

Legia Warsaw

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
18:30 GMT 31 July 2018

With less than two weeks before Europe’s major leagues get underway, there is a full list of Champions League second round qualifiers still be played to determine which sides make it into the final round. Trnava will be confident of progressing past Legia in their second-leg on Tuesday after beating them 2-0 in the first-leg.

STATS

  • Trnava won their first ever Slovakian top-flight title last season, eventually winning by a gap of five points, which secured their passage into the first qualifying round of the Champions League. They made hard work of the first round as they narrowly beat Zrinjski Mostar 2-1 after both legs. They’ve won one and drawn one of their two opening league games so far.
  • Like their opponents, Legia Warsaw won their domestic league last term by just three points. It meant they also qualified for first round qualifying where they beat Cork City 4-0 over both legs. They have picked up three points from their first two games of the 2018/19 season with their first league game being particularly disappointing as they were beaten 3-1 at home by Zagłębie.
  • Despite a league-winning performance, Trnava struggled to find a prolific goal scorer. Marvin Egho scored seven league goals, more than any of his team-mates.
  • Jaroslaw Niezgoda was Legia’s top scorer with 13 goals in their successful campaign but he’s yet to get off the mark so far this term.

HEAD TO HEAD

As this is the second-leg of the tie, there has been one previous meeting between the two sides. It was last week and Trnava made sure they took didn’t let the home fans faze them as they managed to bring a vital 2-0 win back home for the second-leg. Erik Grendel put the visitors a goal ahead in the 16th minute before an injury-time goal from Ján Vlasko ensured that Legia would have it all to do in Slovakia.

TRNAVA NEWS

After a brilliant first-leg performance, Trnava don’t have too much to do in front of their own fans. A first-half goal would certainly calm the mood while an away goal might make it a tougher task than expected.

Latest matches: FC Spartak Trnava

28.07.2018 Supe FC Spartak Trnava FC Vion Zlate Moravce 1:0 W
24.07.2018 UEFA Legia Warsaw FC Spartak Trnava 0:2 W
21.07.2018 Supe FK Senica FC Spartak Trnava 1:0 L
18.07.2018 UEFA Zrinjski Mostar FC Spartak Trnava 1:1 D
11.07.2018 UEFA FC Spartak Trnava Zrinjski Mostar 1:0 W

LEGIA NEWS

An early goal is needed for Legia to have a chance of progressing while conceding the first goal could take the tie away from them. They need to execute the perfect game plan.

Latest matches: Legia Warsaw

28.07.2018 Ekst Korona Kielce SA Legia Warsaw 1:2 W
24.07.2018 UEFA Legia Warsaw FC Spartak Trnava 0:2 L
21.07.2018 Ekst Legia Warsaw KGHM Zaglebie Lubin 1:3 L
17.07.2018 UEFA Legia Warsaw Cork City FC 3:0 W
14.07.2018 Supe Legia Warsaw Arka Gdynia 1929 2:3 L

SUMMARY

It was a huge surprise that Trnava went 2-0 up in the tie after the first 90 minutes and even away from home, Legia Warsaw are favourites to win the match on Tuesday. However, the hosts are still firm favourites to qualify for the final round of qualifying with their two-goal advantage. It could be an exciting spectacle with the visitors having to attack from the first minute, an early goal could make it very interesting.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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