Wisla Plock is approaching this match with high morale, as they were able to break their three matches winless streak in the Ekstraklasa. In the last encounter, they defeated Wisla Krakow with a 0:3 result, playing as a visiting team.
The visitors opened the clash in the best possible way, as they took an early lead first in the 7th minute over Uryga and doubled it in the 42nd via Michalski. In the continuation, the home side had a ball possession advantage, but the guests were sharper with the ball to their feet, and with a goal over Rasak in the 71st minute, set the final result in this one.
Wisla Plock is currently at 9th place in the standings, having five points out of four matches played.
LASK is coming to this Europa League qualification match after they made a setback in the last round of the Tipico Bundesliga when they come with a 1:1 away draw against Tirol.
They conceded very early, already in the 5th minute of the match, but were able to level up in the 39th from the penalty, Raguz was effective. Even though they had the ball to their feet for most of the time during this encounter, and looked more dangerous, the guests failed to score another one, as they lacked the ideas at the very end of an attack.
Lask is currently at 4th place in the standings, having four points out of two matches that they played and even though considered a strong favorite in this European match, can not be fully trusted at the moment.
Olympiacos is coming to this first leg of the Champions League qualification final quite confident in a positive result. They started the new season of the Super League in a very good way, as they were able to convincingly defeat the underdogs from Asteras Tripolis, back at home.
After a bit of shaky first part, the home side put their attention in their offense in the second, and the result soon followed. They were able to score three times, in the 59th, 64th, and the 88th minute of the match, not letting any surprises to occur at the very start of the season.
They are now facing Omonia from Cyprus, and the quality gap between these two is more than obvious. If they hold to their distinctive play in this one, the hosts should have no problems in taking a convincing victory.
Maccabi Tel Aviv did just enough in their previous match in Europa when they were able to defeat Dynamo Brest with a minimal result, playing at home.
The team from Israel was a better one in this clash, they looked more dangerous and it would be quite a shame if they didn’t progress forward. They scored the only goal in this encounter in the 50th minute from the penalty kick, Biton was the executioner. The home side had several nice chances afterward, and the result in this one could easily be more convincing.
They are now welcoming Salzburg from Austria in this first leg. This a much tougher opponent, and chances for a positive result in this one are very small.
Cercle Brugge comes from quite an expected loss, as they visited Anderlecht last weekend and suffered a 2:0 defeat.
A goal in each halftime was enough for the hosts, as they opened up the opponent from the penalty kick in the 36th minute converted by Nmecha. The visitors were quite defensively oriented in the second too, conceding another one via Murillo in the 68th minute.
They are now having two victories and three defeats out of the first five rounds, being three points above the red zone placed Waasland Beveren and surely seeking an improvement in this one.
Valerenga completely outplayed the underdogs from Brann in the last round of the Eliteserien when they recorded a convincing 5:1 home victory.
Everything was settled in the first forty-five minutes of the match when the home side scored as many as five goals while conceding only one, including three from Kjartansson. Surprisingly, goals were absent in the continuation, despite the very aggressive play that was imposed by the home side.
With this victory, Valerenga finds themselves in the 5th place, having only two points less than European placed Odd.
After their convincing victory in the first round, Lyon had difficulties in the next two, as they come with a 0:0 away draw against Bordeaux and suffered a 2:1 loss to Montpellier in the last one, playing away from home.
The visitors were a better team by far in the first part of the match, but they, unfortunately, conceded from the penalty in the 38th minute. Things to be worse, they were left with a player less on the pitch in the 44th, when Aouar received a direct red card. In the continuation, the hosts used the numerical advantage that they had and scored another one over Savanier in the 59th.
In the 81st minute, the number of players on the field was equalised, and the guests were able to reduce the deficit from the penalty in the 82nd, Depay was effective. The visitors had a little more than ten minutes to level up, but they failed in doing so and suffered a loss in this encounter, maybe a bit undeservedly.
Osijek was finally able to break their three matches winless streak in 1. NHL, as they recorded their first victory this season against Rijeka with a 3:0 result, playing back at their home.
They scored their first goal very early, already in the 5th minute over Jugovic. From the 37th minute, the home side had a numerical advantage on the field, and only one minute later they doubled their lead over Bockaj. In the continuation, the home team was effective once more in the 75th minute over Mierez and took a morale-boosting victory in this one.
Osijek is coming to this Europa League qualification match with their confidence back in their offensive capabilities, and we can expect an aggressive approach in this clash.
Midtjylland made a set back in the first round of Denmark SuperLiga when they suffered an away loss to Sonderjyske with a 2:0 result.
The visitor had mostly the ball to their feet in this one, but the hosts were more creative and used their chances more effectively, as they were able to score two goals in the 57th and the 90th minute of the match, taking the three points at the start of the season – surely a reflection of the importance of this game.
In their last qualification match for the Champions League, Midtjylland defeated Ludogorets from Bulgaria with a minimal result, playing away from home. They were a more aggressive team in this one, it took them a while, but they were able to score in the 77th minute over Junior Brumado and progressed further.
PAOK did their job in the first round of the Super League, as they justified the role of a strong favorite and recorded a 1:0 home win against AEL Larissa.
The hosts scored their only goal in the 16th minute over Tzolis, and even though the result isn’t saying so, this match was a pretty much one-sided one, as the hosts dominated in every segment of the game, and deserved a more convincing victory in this one.
The Greeks performed very well in their last qualification match for the Champions League against Besiktas from Turkey, as they recorded a 3:1 home victory, showing a great transition game in that match.
Overly looking PAOK was quite an effective team in the last few matches that they played, and it would be really hard for Benfica to keep their sheet clean in this one.