Leicester City welcome Legia Warsaw to King Power Stadium in a crucial Group C clash in 2021-22 UEFA Europa League.
Victory for Leicester could put them top of Group C although a defeat here would leave them facing a crunch final group match clash at Napoli in a fortnight’s time if they’re to qualify for the knockout stage.
Legia could likewise go top with a win but defeat would see all four teams in this group enter the final round of group matches with just two points from top to bottom.
Ricardo Pereira is unlikely to be available for Leicester after suffering a hamstring injury which forced him to miss Saturday’s Premier League defeat against Chelsea.
Youri Tielemans (calf), James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (leg) are ruled out.
Legia Warsaw could be without Artur Boruc as the Polish goalkeeper is struggling with a back injury.
Bartosz Kapustka remains ruled out with a serious knee injury.
- Leicester lost their only previous meeting against Legia Warsaw, losing 1-0 in Warsaw in September 2021.
- Legia Warsaw are playing Leicester away from home for the first time ever.
- Leicester have taken the lead in two of their four Europa League matches this season (W2, D1, L1).
- Legia have scored first in four of their six matches in Europa League this season (W3, D1, L2).
- This is the first match involving Leicester to be refereed by Deniz Aytekin.
With inconsistent form in all competitions this season, something has seriously gone wrong for Leicester especially in defence where they were simply outplayed by Chelsea comfortably on Saturday and lacked attacking intent.
That simply has to change here if they’re to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages because this is now a must-win match, which I am nervous about for the Foxes because they are seriously lacking in quality at present and it is hard to see where wins will come from.
Legia meanwhile enjoyed a strong start to Group C but were massively outplayed by Napoli in their last two group matches, so will be looking to bounce back here with a strong clinical performance over Leicester like they did in Warsaw.
With just one match left for both teams after this clash, I can’t see both teams holding back despite their issues because they simply must go for it to give themselves the best possible chance heading into their final group matches.
On that note, I fancy Leicester to have the edge if they can score first and they also boast a great home record in Europe with just two home losses across all UEFA competitions.
Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Legia Warsaw
Result: Leicester 3-0 Legia Warsaw