Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Estadio da Luz will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Benfica and Lech Poznan. The Eagles are one point away from booking their place in the knockout stages, but, no doubt, they will stick to their attacking style of play. Benfica are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. The likes of Weigl, Taarabt, and Nunez have been tested positive for coronavirus, while Pedrinho should recover in time to face Lech Poznan.
The Polish outfit failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Standard Liege, and seeing that defender Djordje Crnomarkovic is banned for the Benfica game, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. When the two teams met in Poland earlier in the process Benfica recorded a 4-2 win over Lech Poznan.
Highlighted Player (Jan Vertonghen):
After spending four years at Ajax, in 2006 Jan Vertonghen signed a loan deal with RKC Waalwijk. The left-footed defender spent one season at Mandemakers Stadion and he returned to Ajax for the 2007/2008 season. The highly rated footballer, who is capable of playing as both centre back and left back, signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Premier League outfit ever since.
The Belgian defender scored four goals for the Spurs in the 2012/2013 Premier League season and he made 34 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit back then. In the 2015/2016 season Jan Vertonghen and his teammates were producing brilliant displays with Tottenham, but the Spurs eventually finished the campaign in third place in the standings.
Speaking of his international career, Vertonghen made it to both World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016) quarter-finals with the Belgian national team. Jan was born on 24 April, 1987 and his shirt number is 5.
Highlighted Team (Lech Poznan):
Founded on March 19, 1922, Lech Poznan are a Polish club that compete in Ekstraklasa. The Kolejorz (the Railwayman) made their debut in the Polish elite division in 1948, with the team recording a 4-3 win over Widzew Lodz.
Lech play home matches in blue jerseys and white shorts, while white is the dominant colour of their away kit. Stadion Miejski is the club’s home ground. Opened on August 23, 1980, the venue can hold up to 43,269 spectators. Lech Poznan won their first domestic championship in the 1982/83 season, with the team defending the trophy the following season. In the 2014/15 Lech clinched their last (seventh) league title.
The Kolejorz made their debut in the Champions League (former European Cup) in the 1983/84 season, with the team suffering elimination to Athletic Bilbao (2-4 on agg). Legia Warsaw are regarded as the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the Derby of Poland.