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Legia vs Lechia Gdansk - Match Preview

02 Jun 2017 Ed Mackey POLAND: Ekstraklasa, Championship Round
POLAND: Ekstraklasa, Championship Round

Legia Warsaw

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Kick-off
16:00 GMT
04 June 2017

KS Lechia Gdansk

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Kick-off
16:00 GMT 04 June 2017

As the Ekstraklasa goes into its Championship round after the end of the regular season, Lechia Gdansk make the trip to the capital to face Legia at the Polish Army Stadium. Legia are slowly starting to pull away at the top of the table but the gap between 1st and 4th is only two points as Lechia are currently in 4th and a win over Legia with the other results going their way could see them go the table’s pinnacle.

STATS

  • In the 6 Championship round games they’ve played so far Legia are yet to be beaten as they’ve picked up 4 wins and 2 draws. They won 1-0 away at Korona in their last game and have put themselves in pole position to win the title after picking 14 points from 18 so far.
  • Since the Championship round begun, Lechia have also picked up 14 points and are one of the three other teams to be applying pressure on Legia at the top. They showed that they’re strong enough to challenge at the top end of the table as they destroyed Pogon Szczecin 4-0 in their last match.
  • After being absent for almost half the season, it’s incredible that only two players have scored more in the Ekstraklasa than Nemanja Nikolic for Legia this season. His 13 goals in just 19 games have fired Legia to the top of the table.
  • One of the two players who has scored more than him is Marco Paixao of Lechia Gdansk, who has scored 18 goals for his side and has been the main man in their push for the title.

HEAD TO HEAD

Legia have dominated the last 5 meetings between the two sides as they’ve managed 3 wins while only losing 1. The last meeting between them ended with Legia winning 3-1 back in March. The games are often quite fiery as in three of the last four fixtures there has been a red card; all three of these red cards have been for Legia.

LEGIA NEWS

It’s vital that Legia win this game to make sure they can stay top of the table and they’ll want to give their fans a good showing at the same time. They’ve got a perfect chance to open up an even bigger gap at the top against Lechia. Michal Kucharczyk will miss the game through a knee injury he picked up a few weeks ago but they should have enough strength-in-depth to fill the gap.

Latest matches: Legia Warsaw

28.05.2017 Ekst Korona Kielce SA Legia Warsaw 0:1 W
21.05.2017 Ekst Jagiellonia Bialystok Legia Warsaw 0:0 D
17.05.2017 Ekst Legia Warsaw KKS Lech Poznan 2:0 W
14.05.2017 Ekst Legia Warsaw Termalica Bruk-Bet Nieciecza 6:0 W
07.05.2017 Ekst MKS Pogon Szczecin Legia Warsaw 0:2 W

LECHIA GDANSK NEWS

Lechia need a win to keep pressure on the teams above but they’ll have to bring their best if they want to come away with all 3 points. They’ve got a fully available squad for the game which gives them the best chance of beating Legia. They’re known for the passion and work rate instead of sheer quality but they’ll need a good mix of both to win the game.

Latest matches: KS Lechia Gdansk

28.05.2017 Ekst KS Lechia Gdansk MKS Pogon Szczecin 4:0 W
21.05.2017 Ekst KKS Lech Poznan KS Lechia Gdansk 0:0 D
17.05.2017 Ekst KS Lechia Gdansk Jagiellonia Bialystok 4:0 W
14.05.2017 Ekst KS Lechia Gdansk Korona Kielce SA 0:0 D
06.05.2017 Ekst Wisla Krakow SA KS Lechia Gdansk 0:1 W

 

SUMMARY

Legia are the favourites going into this match especially with home advantage as well as a great run of form in recent weeks. But Lechia are also on a good run of form after a 4-0 destruction last week and they’ll come into game knowing they’ve got nothing to lose. A Legia win is expected but Lechia won’t lie down easily so it could be a high scoring game.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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