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Really in balance with the game Slavia Prague will start the trip to Poland on Thursday to compete Legia Warsaw in your Europe League Playoff tie, with a spot in the group stage on the line.
A fascinating first leg ended 2-2, which means that the team from the Polish capital has a home advantage as the teams compete on equal terms.
Prediction for this match
Legia Warsaw’s continental season started in style as they recorded a 5-2 aggregate win over Norwegian champions Bodo / Glimt and a 3-1 aggregate win over Estonian side Flora, taking important steps towards reaching the Champions League To undertake group stage.
They would fall at the next hurdle, however, when Dinamo Zagreb took and forced a narrow 2-1 win over two legs in the third qualifying round Czeslaw Michniewicz‘s men to fight for a place in the second European competition.
They drew heavily in the playoffs against Czech champions Slavia Prague, but the Wojskowi looked unimpressed as they took the lead twice Mahir Emreli and Josip Juranovic.
The Polish champions didn’t emerge victorious from this game, but the Polish champions will gain confidence from an impressive away performance, while also gaining momentum from the defeat to Dinamo Zagreb with a 2-0 league win against Warta Poznan and collected a second top division win of the season to keep the Polish title.
They now want to move into the group stage of this year’s Europa League but are faced with a difficult task as Sparta Prague arrives with the hope of an impressive away win.
The Czech team also started this year’s qualifying phase for the Champions League, but after a 2-1 defeat by Ferencvaros in the third round they failed with a clash against Legia Warsaw in the playoffs of the Europa League.
Alexander Bah and Lukas Masopust both scored goals for a draw Jindrich Trpisovsys men on an equal footing and making sure they get into the second leg on an equal footing as they seek out another successful Europa League season after last year’s exploits.
In the 2020/21 season, Slavia Prague went through a difficult group, finishing second behind Bayer Leverkusen with 12 points and reaching the round of 16 with an impressive 2-0 aggregate win over Leicester City, as both goals were scored away leg in England.
The Czech champions then knocked Scottish giants Rangers out of the tournament with a 3-1 aggregate win in the round of 16 before being knocked out by Arsenal in the quarter-finals.
Having already won their first four league games, Trpisovsy’s men will be desperate to replicate last season’s impressive performances as they put down a striking continental run and won the domestic league by 12 points, advancing to the Europa League Another strong campaign was crucial to the recruitment.
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Legia Warsaw is expected to field a very similar team to the one that traveled to Prague and earned a commendable draw Lindsay Rose, Mateusz Wieteska and Maik Nawrocki play in the heart of an impressive defensive line.
Mahir Emreli should lead the Ine again after scoring the opening goal in this game while Luquinhas offers a lot of quality even in the last third.
Experienced goalkeeper Artur Boruc returned to the club after over a decade last year and initially had a particularly successful period with Scottish giants Celtic before appearing in Italy for Fiorentina and in the Premier League for Southampton and Bournemouth group stage of the league.
There have been limited changes between the narrowly defeated Slavia Prague XI against Ferencvaros and the first leg draw with Legia Warsaw, and Trpisovsy should stick to his established core again.
Czech national team Toma’s holes will lead the back line while Jakub Hromada will likely sit next to it Ibrahim Traore in front of the back four.
Further up, they have a plethora of attack options to choose from, with Stanislav Tecl expects them to lead the line after scoring the most recent league win while players like Ubong Ekpai, Ondrej Lingr, Ivan Schranz, Lukas Masopus, Nicolae Stanciu and Abdallah Sima will all fight for places in the trio behind the single striker.
Legia Warsaw possible starting line-up:
Boruc; Juranovic, Rose, Wieteska, Nawrocki, Mladenovic; Skibicki, Martins, Lopes, Luquinhas; Emreli
Slavia Prague possible starting line-up:
Kolar; Bah, holes, Zima, Dorley; Hromada, Traore; Masopust, Stanciu, Ekpai; Tecl
Probability: Legia Warsaw 1-2 Slavia Prague (Slavia Prague wins 4: 3 in the overall standings)
While Legia Warsaw put in an impressive performance away from home, dominating parts of the game and drawing a home game, we believe that the guests have more quality in their squad and give them a tip to get over the line.
While that could certainly go both ways, Slavia Prague’s Europa League game showed impressive prowess last season and they should have enough to advance if they can incorporate that into Thursday’s second leg.
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