Akademia Pandev – Lechia Gdansk
Akademija Pandev hosts Lechia Gdansk in Strumica in a second leg from the UEFA Conference League first round of qualifications. It’d be a good idea to stay with us and our free soccer predictions for today.
The North Macedonians put themselves in a very difficult position a week ago. The first game in Poland ended with a crushing 4-1 win for Lechia. This means that Akademija Pandev will need a miracle here if they want to progress to the second round.
Everything went wrong for the Balkan side in Gdansk. After 66 minutes of soccer, they were already four goals behind. Lechia’s Flavio Paixao scored a hattrick for the hosts while Lukasz Zwolinski added one more. Akademija Pandev’s only goal in the game was scored by Duan Jokovic 9 minutes before the end.
Akademija Pandev’s head coach Gjorgje Stojchev admitted it would be difficult for his team to eliminate Lechia. Most likely he will try to make some changes in the starting eleven to refresh the line-up. Goran Tomovski, Sashko Pandev and Ilija Donov are among the options for Stojchev to be included in the starting eleven.
For Lechia Gdansk it looks much easier now to progress in the Conference League. The Polish club already did their job in the first leg, but they must remain focused in the second leg as well. We don’t expect to see the manager Tomasz Kaczmarek making many changes, but some players could be rotated. The German midfielder Christian Clemens and Ilkay Durmus could be in line to start in Strumica.
That’s the free soccer predictions for today for the Conference League game between Akademija Pandev and Lechia Gdansk on Thursday. The visitors have a solid three goals advantage which moves them closer to the second round. Now they must finish the job, though – it’s still not over.