Our football match prediction:
Astana failed to impress in the two-legged tie against Spartaks Jurmala in the Champions League second qualifying round, but, against all odds, they outclassed Legia Warszawa (3-1) in front of home fans in the first leg of round 3. The Kazaks are on the verge of booking their place in the play-offs, but Wednesday’s football game against Legia will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors. The Poles participated in the group stages of the elite competition last season and it has to be noted that they managed to hold star-studded Real Madrid to a draw in front of home fans. Legia are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that Jacek Magiera’s men will give fans some cheer on Wednesday evening. You should bear in mind that the Wojskowi rolled over Mariehamn (6-0) in their last home game in the Champions League.
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 (FC Astana):
Astana are a professional football club based in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Blue and Yellows were founded in 2009 and five years later they won their first Kazakhstan Premier League trophy. Astana managed to defend their title in 2015, with the team finishing the season just one point clear of Kairat in the standings. The Kazakhs participated in the Champions League group stages in the 2015/2016 season, but they failed to record a win in the elite competition. However, it has to be noted that they managed to hold star-studded Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw in front of home fans. Astana play their home games at Astana Arena and the capacity of the venue is 30 244. The stadium was opened on 3 July, 2009 and the construction cost $185 million. Astana’s home kits are yellow with blue strips and they play their away games in navy-blue kits. The team recorded their biggest win on 19 June, 2011 when they outclassed Kairat 6-1 in the Kazakhstan Premier League.