Our prediction for this Europa League match:
A spot in the Europa League knockout stages will be at stake when Legia and Spartak Moscow face each other at Stadion Wojska Polskiego on Thursday evening. Legia aim to make amends for a 3-1 loss to Leicester City, with the team eyeing their second home win of the process. Wing-back Filip Mladenovic is banned for the match. Spartak Moscow, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Napoli.
The Russian outfit proved their worth in a 2-1 win over Akhmat Grozny at the weekend as well, and seeing that aforementioned influential player Mladenovic is banned for the hosts, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Rui Vitoria’s troops. The good news for the visiting team is that both Rasskazov and Umyarov are back from domestic bans.
Highlighted Player (Bartosz Kapustka ):
Bartosz Kapustka is a Poland international who plays for Freiburg on loan in Bundesliga. Kapustka was born in Tarnow (Poland) on December 23, 1996 and he began his youth career for his hometown club Tarnovia Tarnow. In 2012 he joined Cracovia football academy and he continued playing for the club at senior level.
After scoring six goals in 60 appearances for Cracovia Bartosz Kapustka joined Premier League club Leicester City in the summer of 2016 for a fee of £7.5m. The Polish winger signed a five-year deal with the club and he made his debut for the Foxes in a FA cup win over Everton on January 7, 2017.
Kapustka did not see any game action for Leicester City in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign and that is the main reason why he decided to sign a loan deal with Bundesliga side Freiburg on July 14, 2017. The 179-cm-tall footballer made his debut for Poland national team in a game against Gibraltar, coming as a substitute for Kuba Blaszczykowski.
Highlighted Team (Spartak Moscow):
Spartak Moscow are the most successful club in Russia. The Narodnaya komanda did well to win the Soviet championship on 12 occasions and they won their tenth Russian Premier League title in the 2016/2017 season.
Speaking of the club’s European success, Spartak Moscow made it to the European Cup (Champions League) semis in the 1990/1991 season, but Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille proved to be a big catch for the Russian champions. Spartak were beaten by OM 3-1 in Moscow, while suffering a 2-1 loss to the French side in the return leg at Stade Velodrome.
The club was founded in 1922 and they are considered as “the people’s team”. Spartak Moscow welcome their rivals at Otkrytie Arena, the stadium which was opened in September 2014. The venue will be called Spartak Stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The club’s main rivals are Dynamo Moscow and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two capital clubs.