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Legia must fill in blanks against Trabzonspor

Published: Friday 25 October 2013, 8.05CET
Legia Warszawa are in dire need of their first UEFA Europa League Group J points and goals as section leaders Trabzonspor AŞ seek to avoid a third successive loss in Poland.
Legia must fill in blanks against Trabzonspor
Jakub Wawrzyniak in action for Legia ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics


Goals scored2
Possession (%)55
Total attempts74
on target29
off target35
against woodwork1
Yellow cards9
Red Cards1
Fouls committed81
Fouls suffered75

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Published: Friday 25 October 2013, 8.05CET

Legia must fill in blanks against Trabzonspor

Legia Warszawa are in dire need of their first UEFA Europa League Group J points and goals as section leaders Trabzonspor AŞ seek to avoid a third successive loss in Poland.

Legia Warszawa are running out of time as they head into matchday four needing a win against UEFA Europa League Group I leaders Trabzonspor AŞ to be sure of having something to play for on matchday five.

Previous meetings
• Legia had the bulk of the chances when the sides met for the first time on matchday three, but Marc Janko's goal seven minutes after kick-off and Olcan Adın's free-kick seven minutes from time secured a 2-0 win for the home side.

• Legia's 10 games against Turkish teams have ended W4 D3 L3 (W3 D2 L0 at home – W1 D1 L3 in Turkey). Those fixtures include a 1964/65 European Cup Winners' Cup replay against Galatasaray AŞ staged in Bucharest, which Legia won 1-0.

• Trabzonspor's five previous games against Polish clubs have ended W2 D0 L3 (W2 D0 L1 at home – W0 D0 L2 in Poland). They will be eager to put their previous games in Poland behind them – two defeats in which they conceded an average of four goals a game.

Match background
• Legia are the only side in the group stage who are yet to pick up a point or indeed score a goal. They have not won in seven European games – four draws in qualifying followed by three defeats.

• Legia enjoyed their maiden UEFA Europa League group stage campaign in 2011/12, finishing second in their pool before losing to Sporting Clube de Portugal in the round of 32.

• Trabzonspor are unbeaten in regular and extra time in 11 European games (W7 D4), including victories in five of their six matches in qualifying this season.

• Trabzonspor are making their debut in the UEFA Europa League group stage, though they played in the 2011/12 round of 32 after finishing third in their section in their maiden UEFA Champions League campaign.

Team facts
• Legia and Slovenia's NK Maribor have made it to the group stage after winning doubles last season; Legia are one of nine domestic champions and 11 cup winners in this term's starting lineup.

• Trabzonspor boast Polish talent in the form of attacking midfielder Adrian Mierzejewski, who celebrates his 28th birthday on the eve of the Legia game. He moved to Turkey from Legia's local rivals KSP Polonia Warszawa in 2011. He and Legia defenders Tomasz Brzyski and Tomasz Jodłowiec were team-mates at Polonia.

Coach information
• Legia coach Jan Urban will turn 52 on the day of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final. Having scored at an impressive rate for Zagłębie Sosnowiec and Górnik Zabrze, the striker had a long spell in Spain, notably with CA Osasuna from 1989 to 1994. Capped 57 times for Poland, he started coaching with Osasuna's B team and is now in his second stint in charge at Legia, winning a domestic double in his first season back in 2012/13.

• Trabzonspor's Mustafa Akçay spent several spells observing AFC Ajax at close hand during his coach education. He made his name by winning promotion to the second tier with TKİ Tavşanlı Linyitspor in 2009/10; their survival at that level the following season prompted Trabzonspor's feeder club 1461 Trabzon to take him on, and Trabzon's third-place finish in the same division last term earned the trainer a move to Trabzonspor in summer 2013.

Last updated: 04/11/13 15.42CET

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