Our football match prediction:
Wednesday’s football match at Pepsi Arena pits together Legia Warsaw and Sporting Lisbon. The Polish champions did well to share the spoils with Real Madrid in their last home game in the Champions League, but they failed to upset Borussia Dortmund at Signal-Iduna-Park. Legia are sitting in fourth place in Group F ahead of the visit of Sporting Lisbon, but a win over the Portuguese outfit would see them make it to the knockout stages of the elite competition. The Lions are on a three-game losing run in Group F, but considering that Jacek Magiera’s men have been struggling at the back in the Champions League group stages, we predict that the visitors will pick up all three points from the Pepsi Arena clash. A man to watch in the away team will be Bas Dost, who is likely to lead the line for the visitors against Legia.
Highlighted Player (Jakub Rzezniczak):
The 29-year-old Polish defender Jakub Rzezniczak plays for Legia Warsaw as a centre-back. Long-serving soldier for the Polish giants has been with the club since 2004 and has amassed more than 230 league appearances, performing as club’s captain and one of the most reliable first-team members. Rzezniczak helped Legia to four Ekstraklasa titles, six Polish Cup trophies and one Polish Supercup. Following his 20 league appearances in the title-winning season for the Militarians, Jakub Rzezniczak struggled to keep his place in the team with his future with Legia put in serious doubt over the summer of 2016. Rzezniczak was heavily criticised, not only for his poor performances for the team, but only for fi equally poor attitude and social media activities which put a serious dent in his reputation and relationship with the Polish club. Determined to get back in favour with both the club and the fans, Rzezniczak vowed to be at his best behaviour in order to make a serious contribution in his team’s UEFA Champions League challenge.
Highlighted Team (Sporting Portugal):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga. Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64. During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.