Our football match prediction:
Wednesday’s football match at Astana Arena pits together Astana and Legia. The Kazaks failed to impress in the two-legged tie against Spartaks Jurmala, but thanks to a 1-1 draw with the Latvian side in the return leg they booked their place in the Champions League third qualifying round. Astana are leading the chase for the domestic trophy and they are on a five-game winning run in the national championship ahead of the visit of Legia. The Polish champions outclassed Marienhamn of Finland in the second qualifying round and seeing that Astana were not on top of their game in the double-header against Spartaks, we predict that the visitors will grab something from the game against Stanimir Stoilov’s troops. A man to watch in the home team will be Junior Kabananga, who has been scoring goals for fun this season, while Astana defenders should have Legia midfielder Guilherme at bay.
Highlighted Player (Guilherme):
Brazilian international Guilherme is a midfielder currently plying his trade with Legia Warsaw. The 25-year-old midfielder began his professional career at Braga, where he spent five years before his move to Poland. Brazilian international had made only five appearances for Braga and spent most of his time in Portugal on loans with Vizela nad Gil Vicente. In 2014 he was loaned to Legia Warsaw, who decided to make the deal permanent a year later. Guilherme settled in quite well with the Militarians, immediately establishing himself as the first-team regular for the Polish giants. Having played 35 Ekstraklasa games in Legia’s title-winning season, Guilherme played a key role in helping his team end the 20-year absence from the UEFA Champions League. His contribution extended to five goals to the name of this Brazilian, who earned great praise in Poland due to his dedicated and hard-working performances.
Highlighted Team (Legia Warsaw):
Legia is a football club based in Warsaw and it is one of the most successful sides in Polish history. The Militarians – as they are commonly referred to in Poland – have won 11 Ekstraklasa Championship title, while they also hold the record-18 Polish Cup trophies and four Polish SuperCup matches. Founded as the main official football club of the Polish Army, Legia Warsaw are playing theirhome matches at the Polish Army Stadium which can accommodate 31,000 people. Legia have endured mixed fortunes at the international scene with the Polish giants regularly participating in Europa League, with four group inclusions over the last six years. The Militarians headed into the 2016-17 season feeling buoyed and motivated having succeeded in ending the 20-year Champions League wait, becoming the first Polish team to take part in Europe’s elite competition over the last two decades. The 3-1 aggregate playoff victory over Irish Dundalk earned them a place in the final showpiece with Legia being thrown into a heavy mix with the likes of Sporting CP, Borussia Dortmund and European champions Real Madrid.