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Lech Poznan (Pol) vs Valmiera (Lat) Prediction & Betting tips
Lech Posen is back in international business after two years. The Kolejorz took second place in the table last season and will be represented in the Europa League qualification. In the first qualifying round, Lech Posen faces a routine challenge against Valmiera FK.
The best bookmakers see the match between Lech Posen vs. Valmiera FK the hosts as clear favorites. It is quite possible that a Polish shooting festival will take place in the Miejski stadium on Thursday evening.
Valmiera FK will debut on the international stage on Thursday evening. For the Latvian club, fourth place in the table last season was the best placement in the club’s history. Valmiera FK knew how to build on this in the new season. The team around head coach Tamaz Pertia occupies third place in the table in the Latvian Virsliga after 16 games.
Those results in the domestic league should not be overrated. After all, the Latvian league is not one of the strongest relays in Europe. At Lech Posen against Valmiera FK there seems to be no alternative to a prognosis for the home side. In order to benefit a little from the odds, it is worth taking a look at the goal and handicap market.
The championship in the local Ekstraklasa was only just missed last season. The deficit on leaders Legia Warsaw could not be made up despite strong performances in the playoffs. After missing the final in the Polish Cup, the runner-up was a consolation for the Kolejorz.
Lech Posen started the new competitive season with a safe away win in the Polish Cup. Lech prevailed 3-1 against Odra Opole, a Polish second division club. In Ekstraklasa 2020/21 there was a loss to Zaglebie Lubin at the start of the season. Coach Dariusz Zuraw had hardly rotated in view of the supposedly easy EL task and started with the best line-up.
Although the Kolejorz dominated the game for a long time and presented with Ishak’s goal, there was a surprising defeat for the Zuraw team in the closing stages. The home side from Lubin turned the match within five minutes (82nd & 87th minute of the game).
It is quite possible that frustration against the Latvian representative from Valmiera is now on the table. In the home stadium Miejski, Lech Posen was one of the strongest home teams in the Ekstraklasa last season. On average, almost two goals were scored per home game. On the international stage, the Kolejorz has only lost once in the last seven home games.
In addition, Lech Posen is much more crowded than the Latvian guests. In the summer, four more players were brought on board with Ishak (Nuremberg), Sykora (Slavia Prague), Czwerwinski (Zaglebie) and Bednarek (Heerenveen). Compared to the starting XI last weekend, Lech Posen is unlikely to see any major changes.
Valmiera FK will debut on the international stage on Thursday evening. After the fourth place in the table from last season, the Wolmar club is represented in the Europa League qualification for the first time. The Latvians had a very difficult lot with Lech Posen and will probably say goodbye right away at the beginning of the qualification.
How the team of coach Tamaz Pertia will keep the Polish offensive in check is not yet clear. Valmiera FC already had some problems on the defensive in the domestic league. Valmiera conceded a total of twelve goals in the last five away games.
It would therefore be surprising if, of all places, the defensive left a positive impression in the difficult away game at Lech Posen. 19-year-old Nigerian Tolu Arokodare is currently the glimmer of hope on Valmiera FC’s offensive. Arokodare has already scored 15 goals this season and is at the top of the list of goalscorers in the Virsliga 2020/21.
Coach Pertia will not have to complain about any losses at the away game in Poznan. With the manageable squad of the Latvians, major changes in the starting XI can be ruled out. If the Pertia-Elf has a surprise, Lech Posen vs. Valmiera FK odds beyond the 30.00 mark for an away win can be tapped.