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Slavia Prague and Legia Warsaw meet in the Europe League Qualifying matches after both teams failed to advance in their Champions League qualifying campaigns.
The first leg of this duel will be played at Sinobo Stadium, giving the Czech Republic an initial home advantage before Legia Warsaw host Slavia Prague next week.
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Slavia Prague faced Hungarian club Ferencvaros in the Champions League qualifier and the first leg did not go according to plan Jindrich TrpisovsyThe team lost away with 0-2.
A week later, Slavia Prague had everything they could to close a two-goal deficit and the side remained close, taking only a 1-0 win on the day thanks to a goal from Lukas Masopust.
In the past three seasons, Slavia Prague have reached the Europa League group stage twice and the Champions League group stage once, and Arsenal have made it to both occasions.
Trpisovsy’s league form couldn’t be better after winning all three games at the start of their season and most recently taking three points against Mlada Boleslav, scoring goals from Jan Kuchta and Ivan Schranz.
Slavia Prague are aiming for their fourth straight league title this season and their national success has been reflected in their European adventures, which, as noted, has been shown in the quarter-finals in two of their last three seasons.
Legia Warsaw also lost in the Champions League qualification and fell in the two games against Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb after initially defeating Flora Tallinn in the preliminary round.
Czeslaw MichniewiczThe team would have been satisfied with the 1-1 draw in the first leg away against Zagreb, but were able to win in the final after a single goal from Bartol Franjic was enough to send Warsaw into the Europa League qualification.
Domestically, Legia Warsaw has got off to a good start to the season, winning two of their first three games, but they will be looking for more to keep the Ekstraklasa title.
Last time the reigning Polish champions were sovereign against Warta Poznan and scored from Rafael Lopes and Tomas Pekhart sealed the victory away.
That result was the perfect way to recover from the recent league defeat and disappointment with qualifying for Champions League and Legia Warsaw will have to build on that win last time to advance in the Europa League.
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Trpisovsy made nine changes for the final game of the team that defeated Ferencvaros in the Champions League qualifying second leg, goalkeeper only Ondrej Kolar and left-back Oscar Dorley kept their places.
Thursday’s line-up is likely to be more similar to the side who beat Mlada Boleslav in the league, including Kuchta im Sturm, who are looking to tie in with his second goal of the season he scored on Saturday.
Winger Peter Olayinka was pushed off the pitch after 16 minutes in the second leg against Ferencvaros and was then absent from the squad in the last game, making it likely that he will also miss Thursday’s game.
Michniewicz plays a three in the back and that unit is likely to go from Maik Nawrocki, Mateusz Wieteska and Filip Mladenovic, protects the former Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
Pekhart’s goal against Warta Poznan was his first goal of the season and he will look to complement that as he pursues the 22 goals he scored for the club last season.
Slavia Prague possible starting line-up:
Kolar; Dorley, Zima, Kacharaba, Masopust; Stanciu, Traore; Sima, Lingr, Ekpai; Kuchta
Legia Warsaw possible starting line-up:
Boruc; Nawrocki, Wieteska, Mladenovic; Holownia, Martins, Slisz, Skibicki; Muci, Pekhart, Lopes
Probability: Slavia Prague 1-1 Legia Warsaw
Both teams have had similar starts to their respective seasons after being eliminated in Champions League qualifiers but showing positive results in their home season, suggesting this clash will be a highly competitive game.
Neither side will want to give their opponent an early advantage ahead of next week’s second leg and both will be wary of being excluded from Europa League qualifying after the events of the Champions League.
Best betting tip for this match
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