Legia vs Ajax
Competition: Europe League
Date: 16th February 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Legia Warszawa played in the Champions League. They were third in the group in which Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund secured progress, while Sporting Lisboa finished last. Legia had huge problems with the fans and had to play the home match against Real Madrid in an empty stadium after fans were banned over crowd trouble. Legia started the domestic championship this weekend visiting Arka Gdynia. Legia won the match with 1:0 thanks to Tomasz Jodlowiec’s goal in the finish of the first half. I believe the players confidence is high at the moment. Coach Jacek Magiera has most of his players ready, but Moulin and Rzezniczak are struggling with injuries and didn’t play against Arka.
Ajax have been enjoying a terrific form at the start of the year since they took five wins in domestic Eredivisie. Coach Peter Bosz is especially happy with the rock solid defense which kept four clean sheets in a row against Utrecht, ADO Den Haag, Roda and Sparta Roterdam. The atmosphere in the squad is almost perfect, while the players’ confidence is very high. The team maintains their attack with 3 players, Younes, Dolberg and Kluivert. Bosz has almost all players available, only Vaclav Cerny due to injury.
Legia vs Ajax: Head-to-head Stats
This will be the second clash between Legia and Ajax. First time they met was in February 2015 in Round of 32 of Europe League. The Dutch Giants were dominant and beat Legia 4:0 on aggregate. Ajax won 1:0 at home in the first match and then outplayed Legia in Warszawa by winning 3:0.
Legia vs Ajax: Prediction
Legia plays at home and they will try to win. The Polish champions are a strange team, not afraid of big names. You probably remember the match against Real Madrid in November, a crazy game with six goals that finished 3:3. Ajax, meanwhile, play an offensive 4-3-3 formation with Younes, Dolberg and Kluivert up-front. Maybe it’s too much to expect so many goals again, but at least three should be scored at Polish Army Stadium. 1.95 for Over 2.5 goals.
Legia vs Ajax: Tips
I’ve already wrote my expectations. This should be an efficient match. Speaking about the winner, I think Ajax are closer to the victory. Ajax have historic dominance against their rivals and should continue their successful run.