Preview: Legia Warsaw v Slavia Prague
Sports Mole provides an overview of Thursday’s Europa League clash between Legia Warsaw and Slavia Prague, including predictions, squad news and possible lineups.
With the game really hanging in the balance, Slavia Prague will travel to Poland on Thursday to face Legia Warsaw in their Europa League tie in the playoffs, with a group stage spot on the line.
An intriguing opening game ended 2-2, meaning the Polish capital side have the home advantage as the teams face off against each other.
Legia Warsaw‘s continental campaign got off to a good start, with a 5-2 aggregate victory over Norwegian champions Bodo / Glimt and a 3-1 aggregate victory over Estonian team Flora to take important milestones towards the phase of Champions League groups.
However, they would fall to the next hurdle as Dinamo Zagreb claimed a narrow 2-1 victory over two innings in the third qualifying round, forcing Czeslaw Michniewiczas a result, the men are fighting for a place in the European secondary competition.
They suffered a tough draw against Czech champions Slavia Prague in the playoff round, but the Wojskowi didn’t seem fazed as they took the lead twice thanks to Mahir Emreli and Josip Juranovic.
Although they did not come out on top in this game, the Polish champions will gain their confidence from an impressive away performance, while they also gained momentum by bouncing back from the loss to Dinamo Zagreb. with a 2-0 league win over Warta Poznan, collecting a second top-level victory of the season in their attempt to retain the Polish title.
They will now seek to advance to this year’s Europa League group stage, but face a difficult task as Sparta Prague arrive with hopes of securing an impressive away victory.
The Czech side also started this year in the Champions League qualifying phase, but a 2-1 loss to Ferencvaros in the third round saw them advance to the Europa League qualifiers with a clash against Legia. Warsaw.
Alexander Bah and Lukas masopust both scored goals to draw Jindrich Trpisovskiat the men’s level and ensure they come to the second leg on a level playing field, as they set out in search of another successful Europa League campaign after last year’s exploits.
In the 2020-21 campaign, Slavia Prague progressed in a tough group, finishing second behind Bayer Leverkusen with 12 points, and they reached the round of 16 with an impressive 2-0 overall victory over Leicester City, the two goals being scored away. leg in England.
The Czech champions went on to knock out Scottish giants Rangers from the tournament in the round of 16 with a 3-1 victory on aggregate, before being ultimately knocked out by Arsenal in the quarter-finals.
Having already won their first four league games, Trpisovsky’s men will be desperate to repeat last season’s impressive exploits as they had a gripping continental run and won the domestic league by 12 points, advancing to the league. Europa crucial in the frame until another strong campaign.
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Legia Warsaw are expected to field a team very similar to the one that traveled to Prague and won a commendable draw, with Lindsay rose, Mateusz Wieteska and Maik nawrocki playing in the heart of a formidable back line.
Mahir Emreli is set to lead the game again after scoring this game’s first goal, while Luquinhas also offers a lot of quality in the last third.
Experienced goalkeeper Artur Boruc returned to the club last year after more than a decade, having first had a particularly successful spell with Scottish giants Celtic before appearing in Italy for Fiorentina and in the Premier League for Southampton and Bournemouth, and he offers a vital experience as they seek to reach Europe’s League Group Stage.
There were only limited changes between Slavia Prague XI who narrowly fell against Ferencvaros and the one who drew with Legia Warsaw, and Trpisovsky is expected to stick with his established core again.
Czech International Tomas Holes will lead the back line, while Jakub Hromada will probably be sitting next Ibrahim Traore ahead of the last four.
Further down, they have an abundance of attack options to choose from, with Stanislav Tecl should lead the line after scoring a goal in their recent league win, while the likes of Ubong Ekpai, Ondrej Lingr, Ivan Schranz, Lukas Masopus, Nicolas stanciu and Abdallah Sima will all compete for places in the trio behind the lone striker.
Possible starting composition of Legia Warsaw:
Boruc; Juranovic, Rose, Wieteska, Nawrocki, Mladenovic; Skibicki, Martins, Lopes, Luquinhas; Emreli
Possible starting line-up from Slavia Prague:
Kolar; Bah, Holes, Zima, Dorley; Hromada, Traoré; Masopust, Stanciu, Ekpai; Technical
We say: Legia Warsaw 1-2 Slavia Prague (Slavia Prague wins 4-3 in total)
While Legia Warsaw put on an impressive display away from home, dominating parts of the game and bringing in a draw at home, we believe the visitors have more quality in their squad and tip them to cross the line.
While it can certainly go either way, Slavia Prague’s Europa League run last season showed their impressive abilities, and they should have enough to progress if they can channel that in Thursday’s second leg.
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