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Legia Warsaw v Leicester betting tips: Foxes bid to down Poles

| 27.09.2021
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Preview and odds for Thursday’s Europa League match

Leicester City travel to Poland for a Europa League Group C clash on Thursday and we look at the odds to find some Legia Warsaw v Leicester betting tips.

The hosts top the table following their 1-0 win against Spartak Moscow in matchday one, while Leicester will hope for better this time having been held to a 2-2 draw by Napoli in their first game of the campaign.

Thursday’s clash takes place at the Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, and is live on BT Sport 2 with a 5.45pm kick-off.

Legia Warsaw v Leicester match odds

Leicester are 12/1 joint second-favourites with West Ham to win the Europa League following their 2-2 draw with 10/1 favourites Napoli in their opening Group C clash.

That was a frustrating night for Brendan Rodgers’ men, who held a two-goal lead with 21 minutes remaining.

The Foxes did well to earn a point in the circumstances, as Napoli were the dominant side, creating 22 shots to Leicester’s seven.

Leicester are 4/6 favourites to beat Legia Warsaw and come into this on the back of a 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Burnley, a game in which Jamie Vardy scored three of the four goals after putting the visitors in front with an own goal.

They have won just two of their six Premier League games this season and are in 13th place with seven points.

Leicester have three wins away from home in European competition to date, beating Glenavon in the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1961-62, Club Brugge in the Champions League in 2016-17, and AEK Athens in the Europa League last season.

Legia Warsaw are 15th of 18 in the Polish Ekstraklasa, having won three and lost four of their seven top-flight games this season.

The Polish champions were defeated 3-2 at home by Radkow on Saturday and while they have lost just one of their last six home matches in the group stages of the Europa League (W4 D1) – falling to Napoli in October 2015 – they are 4/1 to beat the Foxes.

The draw is available at odds of 14/5 in the Legia Warsaw v Leicester betting tips.

Legia Warsaw v Leicester head-to-head

This will be the first meeting between the sides in European competition.

Legia Warsaw have faced English opponents twice before in Europe. They were eliminated at the semi-final stage of the Cup Winners’ Cup by Manchester United in 1990-91, before taking four points from Blackburn Rovers in the group stage of the Champions League in 1995-96.

The 15-times Polish champions have scored at least once in their last four games, as have Leicester. It is 3/4 that both sides score.

Legia Warsaw v Leicester key battles

The competition format means the first-placed finishers in the group move straight into the last 16 of the competition, while the team in second has to play a preliminary knockout round where they take on one of the third-placed sides from the Champions League groups.

It is imperative that Rodgers’ side are positive and while they have conceded too frequently this term, they have the pace to hurt Legia Warsaw, so Leicester are 12/5 to win but concede.

Harvey Barnes has been directly involved in five goals in six starts for Leicester in the Europa League (four goals and one assist) and he and Vardy will strike fear into a less-than-comfortable back four. Barnes is 2/1 to score at any time and Vardy is 5/4 in the same market.

Given the hosts’ deficiencies, the odds of 4/5 for three or more goals to be scored may interest some in the Legia Warsaw v Leicester betting tips.

View the latest Legia Warsaw v Leicester odds

All odds and markets are correct at the time of publication

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Simon Milham