Legia Warsaw vs Aston Villa Match Analysis & Prediction
21/09/2023 7:45 pm
Aston Villa continue their attempt to replicate West Ham United’s success in last season’s Europa Conference League with a match against Legia Warsaw on Thursday.
The two teams are joined by AZ Alkmaar and Zrinjski Mostar in Group E, leaving the pressure on both sides to post a winning start in Poland.
Backed by some impressive additions, Aston Villa are targeting a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, and nine points from five matches with trips to Newcastle United and Liverpool out of the way suggests that they can remain in the hunt for that.
However, Unai Emery – a specialist when it comes to winning European trophies – will be placing a high level of focus on winning this competition, progressing from Group E being the initial target
Aston Villa thrashed Hibernian by an 8-0 aggregate scoreline in the playoff round, winning the away leg with five goals without reply, but they shipped eight goals in their defeats at Newcastle and Liverpool.
While Legia was undoubtedly massive underdogs to achieve a result against a side of Villa’s quality, that vulnerability will only encourage them ahead of this game.
Legia have come through three thrilling qualifying ties to reach this stage, overcoming Ordabasy, Austria Vienna and Midtjylland despite conceding as many as 13 goals.
In each tie, the Polish side were behind at some stage, and head coach Kosta Runjaic witnessed his side secure their spot in the group stage with success in a penalty shootout.
On the domestic front, Legia have been far more consistent, collecting 14 points from six matches, remaining unbeaten and conceding just three goals.
However, the Militarians welcome a free-scoring Aston Villa having kept only one clean sheet in their most recent eight matches across all competitions.
Legia Warsaw vs. Aston Villa Head to head
This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
21/09/2023Legia WarsawN/AAston VillaN/AEuropa Conference League
Legia Warsaw Team News
Former Tottenham Hotspur man Tomas Pekhart has scored eight times this season, while Gil Dias may be considered for a first start since joining Legia on loan from Stuttgart.
Jurgen Celhaka is an option in central midfield should Runjaic want to introduce fresh legs and a defensive-minded player.
Legia Warsaw's Last 5 Matches
20/08/2023Legia Warsaw1Korona Kielce0Ekstraklasa
24/08/2023Midtjylland3Legia Warsaw3Europa Conference League
31/08/2023Legia Warsaw(P)1Midtjylland1Europa Conference League
03/09/2023Legia Warsaw3Widzew Lodz1Ekstraklasa
16/09/2023Piast Gliwice1Legia Warsaw1Ekstraklasa
Aston Villa Team News
Emery will almost certainly freshen up his Villa side for this game, already alluding to Youri Tielemans getting game time in this competition.
Clement Lenglet and Alex Moreno could feature in defence, while Leon Bailey and Jhon Duran – after his stunning goal against Crystal Palace at the weekend – will hope to feature in the final third.
Aston Villa's Last 5 Matches
23/08/2023Hbernian0Aston Villa5Europa Conference League
27/08/2023Burnley1Aston Villa3Premier League
31/08/2023Aston Villa3Hibernian0Europa Conference League
03/09/2023Liverpool3Aston Villa0Premier League
16/09/2023Aston Villa3Crystal Palace1Premier League
Legia Warsaw vs. Aston Villa: Odds and Predictions
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