Our match prediction:
Portugal giants Sporting opened their European account with a brave 2-1 loss at Real Madrid. Having led the way until the 89th minute, Portugal side failed to hold on to 1-0 lead with former Sporting favourite Cristiano Ronaldo equalising and Alvaro Morata winning the game for Los Blancos in space of a couple of minutes. Jorge Jesus’ side will not have been disappointed however as they demonstrated great strength and will be keen to make an instant comeback against Legia Warsaw. The Polish side are back in Europe’s elite competition after a while and their fans have used the opportunity to make a big announcement with a memorable choreography at the Borussia Dortmund game. Despite the frenetic support from the stands, Legia were dealt a huge blow with 6-0 beating by Borussia Dortmund and will surely find it difficult to recover ahead of their trip to Portugal. Polish side are on four-match winless streak and we predict the run to continue.
Highligted Player (Rui Patricio):
Sporting Lisbon and Portugal national team goalkeeper Rui Patricio is a one-club man. He was reportedly close to signing with Serie A giants Inter Milan during the 2008 of-season, but he remained in his club where he will most likely hang up his boots when the time comes. The 28-year-old shot stopper spent most of his career with the Lions making his debut with the first-team at only 18 years of age. Rui Patricio went on to appear in more than 350 official games for the Portugal greats and remains the first-choice keeper for his club and country. Having gone through all the youth selections with the national team, Rui Patricio was given his first senior cap in 2010 after Paulo Bento’s appointment. Rui Patricio represented his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and three European Championships. The 28-year-old was the mainstay in Portugal’s historic Euro 2016 title in France.
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.