With a less than ideal start to the season, with a struggling defence which saw The Foxes settle for a 2-2 draw against Burnley in the Premier League – same result they did in their Europa League opener against Napoli – Leicester is hoping to come back fighting in tonight’s clash against Legia Warsaw.
They’re doing so without last season’s 19-goal top scorer Kelechi Iheanacho as he was turned away by Polish border control due to insufficient travel documents.
But it’s not just Leicester, who’s currently sitting 13th in the Premier League table with seven points from their first six games, who’s had a slow start to the season as the Polish champions records show a very similar picture…if not even worse as four defeats from their first seven games has resulted in a 14th place in the 18-team Polish League.
Legia Warsaw have only beaten an English side once in four attempts – against Blackburn in the 1995/1996 Champions League group stages – and if victory number two should arrive against Leicester today, it’ll most likely be down to luck.
Meanwhile, The Foxes reached the last 32 of this competitions last season whereas Legia hasn’t even been part of the UEL qualifying rounds in the last five seasons.
- Leicester 1/2
- Draw 7/2
- Legia Warsaw 6/1
- Over 2.5 – 27/20
- Under – 4/7
- Both teams to score – 4/5
Prediction: Leicester to win
West Ham vs Rapid Vienna
Tonight’s game will be the very first match between these two sides in European competition, with West Ham facing Austrian opposition for the first time.
The Hammers have had a great start to the season and are currently seventh in the Premier League. Apart from the opening their Europa League campaign with a convincing 2-0 win away to Dinamo Zagreb, they’ve eliminated Man United from the Carabao Cup before beating Leeds United 2-1 in the Premier League last weekend so there should be a lot of confidence there.
One of the best central midfielders in England, the 22-year-old Rice has grown into a pivotal figure for West Ham over the past few years. His presence in the middle of the park allows West Ham to cut out attacks and spring forward at pace on the break, while the England international is also starting to become a bigger presence going forward himself.
Rice completed 53 of his 54 pass attempts on MD1 against Dinamo Zagreb (98%), including all 32 of the passes he made in the opposition half (100%), while scoring a goal as well. It just goes on to show the measure of control he provides the Hammers and he will need to be at the top of his game again if the east London giants are to ease past their Austrian opponents to grab another victory in the Europa League.
Considering the contrasting form of the two teams, David Moyes’ team goes into the game as the favourites and playing in front of a boisterous home support should only add to their confidence.
- West Ham 9/31
- Draw 9/2
- Rapid Vienna 10/1
Prediction: West Ham to win