Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Legia and Dinamo Zagreb take on each other at Stadion Wojska Polskiego in what is expected to be a close Champions League qualifier. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Stadion Maksimir, with Legia coming from behind to share the spoils with Dinamo Zagreb. The Poles proved their worth in the first leg, but they are still seen as underdogs to win the double-header. Despite failing to find the net in the Stadion Maksimir draw, summer signing Mahir Emreli is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
The Croatian champions, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into victory in the first leg. Since Dinamo Zagreb are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the return leg as well, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. Bruno Petkovic is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Bartosz Kapustka ):
Bartosz Kapustka is a Poland international who plays for Freiburg on loan in Bundesliga. Kapustka was born in Tarnow (Poland) on December 23, 1996 and he began his youth career for his hometown club Tarnovia Tarnow. In 2012 he joined Cracovia football academy and he continued playing for the club at senior level.
After scoring six goals in 60 appearances for Cracovia Bartosz Kapustka joined Premier League club Leicester City in the summer of 2016 for a fee of £7.5m. The Polish winger signed a five-year deal with the club and he made his debut for the Foxes in a FA cup win over Everton on January 7, 2017.
Kapustka did not see any game action for Leicester City in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign and that is the main reason why he decided to sign a loan deal with Bundesliga side Freiburg on July 14, 2017. The 179-cm-tall footballer made his debut for Poland national team in a game against Gibraltar, coming as a substitute for Kuba Blaszczykowski.
Highlighted Team (Dinamo Zagreb):
Arguably the biggest club in Croatia and one of the most prominent football outfits in the Balkan region, Dinamo Zagreb have won 18 league titles, 11 of which came successively. Dinamo Zagreb have never been relegated to a lower tier of both Croatian and Yugoslav football.
Modri as they are called in Croatia are renowned for their impressive production line of youth footballers. Their highly organised football academy has so far produced world-class players such as Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marko Pjaca and many others. Dinamo Zagreb play their home matches at the Stadion Maksimir in front of 35,000 people.
The club lacked support during the last couple of seasons due to fans’ disagreement with club management, most notably notorious Zdravko Mamic, who is under investigation for long-lasting corruption, tax evasion and embezzlement. For the first time since 2015, Dinamo Zagreb will have the full support of their most faithful supporters in the Champions League.