Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Slavia Prague will be looking to make amends for the unexpected elimination in the Champions League qualifiers when they take on Legia in the Europa League play-offs on Thursday. The Red and Whites head into the match following a 2-0 win over Mlada Boleslav, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Polish outfit. Keep in mind, though, that all Bah, Boril, Hovorka, Krmencik, Olayinka, Plavsic, Provod, Sevcik, and van Buren have been struggling with injuries of late.
Legia, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from the Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb. The Wojskowi are not regarded as good travelers, but we predict that they will take advantage of the absentees in the home team. Midfielder Bartosz Kapustka remains in Legia’s recovery room, while veteran attacker Tomas Pekhart should keep his place in the starting XI after finding the net in a 2-0 win over Warta Poznan.
Highlighted Player (Ondrej Kolar ):
Born in Liberec, Czech Republic on October 17, 1994, Ondrej Kolar is a towering goalkeeper who plays for Slavia Prague. Kolar started his youth career at his hometown club Liberec, and he continued playing for the White-Blues at senior level.
After making 30 league appearances for the club, he move to Slavia Prague in 2018. It has to be noted that he played for Varnsdorf on loan as well during his spell with Liberec. The Czech shot-stopper has established himself as a first-team regular at Slavia Prague where he became the most expensive goalkeeper in the Czech First League history.
Speaking of his international career, the 193-cm-tall goalkeeper made his debut for the national team on November 17, 2019 in the Euro 2020 qualifying match against Bulgaria. His preferred foot is right, and he wears the No. 1 jersey at Slavia Prague. His contract with the capital club should expire in June 2022.
Highlighted Team (Legia):
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.