Piast – Legia: Preview
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The pace of the league games are relentless. The Legionnaires did not have much time to celebrate their promotion to the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League, from Thursday they have been training hard for their game against Piast Gliwice. In the Clubs’ last league game, they drew 2:2 with Wisła Płock, which sadly broke their streak of five league wins in a row. Goals for Legia came from Nemanja Nikolić and Kasper Hamalainen. The Militarians currently sit in fourth place in the league table, 10 points behind the leaders, Lechia, and seven points behind Jagiellonia who are in second place.
Piast Gliwice had a great season last year finishing in second place behind Legia. Their performance this season has however not been as equally fruitful. The reason for this is undoubtedly the departure of the two leaders in the team – Martin Nešpor and Kamil Vacek. The Czechs were only at Gliwice on loan for the season from Sparta Prague and Piast were unable to strike a deal with the Czech team. On top of that, the Club had some confusions regarding their training staff. After a few weeks managing Piast, Jiri Necek was replaced by their previous manager – Radoslav Latal. Currently Piast are in 12th position in the league, with their last league win coming against Korona Kielce – 1:0 after a goal from the team’s top player, Gerarda Badii.
This season the two teams have already faced each other. In the fourth game of the season, played at #Ł3, the game ended with a goalless draw. Legia managed to get 19 shots on the Piast goal, but no of them managed to beat the keeper.
Piast Gliwice: Szmatuła - Pietrowski, Hebert, Korun - Mokwa, Szeliga, Murawski, Moskwik - Badia, Jankowski, Zivec
Legia Warsaw: Malarz - Bereszyński, Pazdan, Rzeźniczak, Broź - Moulin, Kopczyński - Kucharczyk, Odjidja, Radović – Prijović
Two unknowns to the Militarians team are Guilherme and Adam Hlousek. Both player, despite recently struggling with injuries, played in the game against Sporting, but we do not know if they now need more time to recover. The rest of tteam from that game are healthy and ready to return to that pitch.
Within the Piast team, due to several yellow cards Michał Masłowski will be missing. The Legia player, who has been sent out on loan to Gliwice, received a fourth yellow card this season in his last league game against Korona Kilece.
Worth paying attention to – Piast Gliwice
Jakud Szmatuła – The best goalkeeper in the Ekstraklasa last season and this season finds himself high in all expert’s rankings. One of the few Piast players who has not changed in form after a successful previous season.
Gerard Badia – currently the most efficient player at Piast. He may be leaving the Club in the winter break – in June his contract ends with Gliwice and this is the last moment for the Club to make some money on him.
Marcin Pietrowski - a man in charge of the special task at Piast. If needed, he can play in the centre of defence, as well as the wings.
Worth paying attention to – Legia Warsaw
Michał Kopczyński – after the game with Sporting, some portals calling him the “Polsih N’Golo Kante” – the player himself is approaching these comparisons lightly, but it is worth noticing his consistently high form.
Vadis Odjidja Ofoe – “Mr Football”, as named by the aforementioned Kopczyński. On Sunday, we are counting on another display of his outstanding skills.
Aleksandar Prijović – by several foreign media’s he was named the man of the match against Sporting. Without a goal, but an incredible assist to his name and a hard-worked display. On Sunday, we are hoping for a similar display.
Getting back on the winning trail
A 2:2 draw with Wisła Płock in the last round of the league, the Legionnaires ended their five-game winning streak. We are however confident, that the team, energised after Wednesdays game against Sporting CP, are prepared for their trip to Gliwice. The aim there will be to get three points and start again the winning streak in the LOTTO Ekstraklasa. Piast Gliwice will try to make it hard – they are in need of league points and there are only two games left in league period.
We believe, however, that the Militarians will demonstrate their normally level and will be able to handle the opposition, and once again give the fans something to cheer about. The game Piast – Legia starts on Sunday at 18:00!