Legia Warsaw vs Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Champions League – Group F
Date: Wednesday, 14th September, 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw.
Borussia Dortmund return to the Champions League after a one-year absence and they will travel to Warsaw to take on Polish Champions Legia, who themselves are returning to the tournament for the first time since 1995/96.
Legia Warsaw are also the first Polish club to enter the Champions League group stage after a 20 year gap. The latest side from Poland to have made to the tournament was RTS Widzew Lodz in 1996/97. A year after Legia made their last appearance.
Dortmund dismal 2014/15 Bundesliga campaign saw them competing for Europa League title last season. And they reached as far as quarter-finals before bowing out to Liverpool, managed by their ex-manager Jurgen Klopp. During their latest appearance at the Champions League in 2014/15, they reached the round of 16.
The other teams in Group F of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League are defending champions Real Madrid and Sporting CP from Portugal.
Legia Warsaw vs Borussia Dortmund: Head-to-Head Stats
The lone meeting between Legia and Dortmund was in a friendly at Warsaw on 29th July 2012. Robert Lewandowski score the only goal on that occasion to hand the Bundesliga side a 1-0 win.
Legia are yet to win a competitive match against German opposition. They drew 3 and lost 5 of their last 8 attempts.
Dortmund’s only previous meetings with a Polish side in the Champions League was at 1996/97 against Widzew. They won 2-1 at home and drew 2-2 in the away leg.
Legia Warsaw vs Borussia Dortmund: Prediction
This is an important occasion for Legia Warsaw, who are returning to the Champions League for the first time in 21 years. But there is plenty of worries for head-coach Besnik Hasi as his team are on a terrible run of form. They haven’t won in any of their last 5 home matches and failed to score in 3 during the period.
At the same time Dortmund are also struggling at the start of this season after losing to Bayern in the German Super Cup and the newly promoted RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga clash on the weekend. On the merit of quality in the squad and experience, the Black and Yellows could edge this one.
Legia Warsaw vs Borussia Dortmund: Betting Tips
Dortmund to win at 1.40 (2/5)
Half with most Goals – Second Half at 2.00 (1/1).