Our prediction for this Europa League match:
There will be fireworks when Rangers and Legia face each other at Ibrox Stadium as this is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. The two teams played out a goalless draw in Warsaw in the first leg and yet another close encounter is on the cards. However, seeing that Rangers are likely to face Legia at packed Ibrox Stadium, the hosts are closer to booking their place in the Europa League group stages than the visitors.
Steven Gerard is doing a great job with the Scottish outfit and seeing that the Poles often struggle on the travels in European competitions, we are tempted to put our money on the home side. You should know that Legia recorded only one win in previous nine away games in the Europa League, with the team beating Atromitos 2-0 in the third qualifying round.
Highlighted Player (Andy King):
Born in Barnstaple, England on 29 October 1988, Andy King is a Welsh professional footballer famous for only representing one club in his career. The midfielder had began his youth career at Chelsea, but moved to Leicester in 2004 and he was handed his first professional contract in May 2007.
He has since represented Foxes in League One, Championship and the Premier League, making over 300 league appearances and scoring more than 55 goals in the process. While he was not exactly a first team regular during the 2015/2016 season that will forever remained etched in the memory of Leicester City fans, King made over 20 league outings to help the Foxes lift the coveted trophy for the first time in history.
Meanwhile, he has made more than 30 appearances for the Welsh national team, starting no fewer than five games as the Dragons secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals.
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.