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Legia Warsaw vs Aston Villa match preview
Aston Villa may have been champions of Europe 41 years ago, beating Bayern Munich in the 1982 European Cup Final, but this’ll be their first fixture in a UEFA group stage for 15 seasons.
In the play-off round, the Claret and Blue Army demolished Hibernian 8-0, winning 5-0 in Edinburgh and then 3-0 at home, with many predicting this’ll be the start of a long and memorable continental adventure.
On Saturday, the Villans made it three wins from five Premier League matches, leaving it late to beat Crystal Palace at Villa Park.
Jhon Durán equalising in the 87th minute, before both Douglas Luiz and Leon Bailey struck deep into stoppage time.
Head Coach Unai Emery has reached five Europa League Finals in his career, winning four of them, so will he be hoisting aloft yet more UEFA silverware in Athens come 29 May?
First up, Aston Villa travel to the Polish Army Stadium, taking nothing for granted, given that Midlands rivals Leicester City were beaten at the same venue two years ago.
Legia Warszawa themselves had to come through three qualifiers just to get this far, narrowly ousting both Ordabasy and Austria Wien, before a penalty shootout victory over Midtjylland in the play-offs.
So, this’ll be the record 15-times Ekstraklasa champions’ seventh appearance in a UEFA group stage, last reaching the knockout phase in 2014/15.
Of course, Aston Villa and AZ are odds-on favourites to get through, so Kosta Runjaić's team will need to make Stadion Wojska Polskiego a fortress.
Will Aston Villa leave the Polish capital with all three points?
Legia Warsaw team news
Rafał Augustyniak, Ramil Mustafaev and Bartosz Kapustka are all currently out injured.
The danger man is likely to be Tomáš Pekhart, who’s scored eight times already these season, four of which came during qualifying.
Predicted XI (3-5-2): Tobiasz; Ribeiro, Jędrzejczyk, Pankov; Wszołek, Elitim, Josué, Slisz, Kun; Muçi, Pekhart.
Aston Villa team news
If there’s one manager on earth who will take Europa-based competitions seriously it’s Unai Emery, although he is likely to rotate his XI a bit, with Sunday’s trip to Chelsea somewhat in mind.
Robin Olsen is set to come in for Emi Martínez between the sticks, while Clément Lenglet will be hoping for his full debut at centre-back.
Youri Tielemans could start in midfield; he was in the XI as Leicester lost to Legia in Poland almost exactly two years ago.
In attack, Ollie Watkins’ treble against Hibs last month saw hime become only the fourth Villa player to score a hat-trick in European competition in mid-week.
The others are Gary Shaw (vs Dinamo București, 1982), Peter Withe (vs Vitória de Guimarães, 1983) and Stan Collymore (vs Strømsgodset, 1998).
Predicted XI: (4-3-3): Olsen; Cash, Chambers, Lenglet, Moreno; Dendoncker, Tielemans, McGinn; Zaniolo, Durán, Bailey.