Arka Gdynia vs Gornik Zabrze
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 12 December 2017
Kick-off: 20:030 CET
Arka played the almost perfect game to beat Korona Kielce 3-0 away from home last weekend, a… shocking result, for various reasons. Korona had been one of the hottest teams in the country for weeks, leaving aside their 2-2 draw at Cracovia Krakow a week earlier. Arka? They had just played their worst, possibly, game of the season, losing 2-0 at Wisla Plock with their hands practically down, creating close to zero chances. Even so, Arka found ways to surprise Korona, took perfect advantage of a faulty choice by the goalkeeper in the first goal, got super lucky in their second goal (deflection), and scored an awesome third goal, a shot that served as cherry on top in a game that could have the title “everything worked for Arka, every single detail”. They returned to the upper half of the table, and the target is obvious, stay there until Sunday night, before the Ekstraklasa takes a long break due to the winter.
Gornik are first in the table despite having conceded an unbelievable 27 goals in 19 matches(!!!), and their goalkeeper is one of the reasons why they have conceded that much. His mistake against Lechia Gdansk last weekend, the one that cost Gornik two points, was not his first one in the season. Far from that. Loska could be called Gornik’s… Achilles’ heel, their biggest weakness. It would be very unfair to blame him exclusively for those 27 goals, unfair and idiotic, but no one can deny that Gornik would have conceded way less if they had a more reliable goalkeeper between their sticks. It should also be noted though that offensively, against Lechia, a very vulnerable defensively Lechia, Gornik simply lacked the sharpness they’ve shown in almost all their games this season. Draw, 1-1, but still leaders in the table, even just one point above second-placed Legia Warsaw.
Previous five matches:
Korona Kielce vs Arka Gdynia 0-3
Wisla Plock vs Arka Gdynia 2-0
Arka Gdynia vs Chrobry Głogów 1-1
Arka Gdynia vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz 5-0
Slask Wroclaw vs Arka Gdynia 1-2
Gornik Zabrze vs Lechia Gdansk 1-1
Wisla Krakow vs Gornik Zabrze 2-3
Gornik Zabrze vs Chojniczanka Chojnice 3-0
Gornik Zabrze vs Jagiellonia Bialystok 3-1
Legia Warsaw vs Gornik Zabrze 1-0
Arka’s next game is at Pogon Szczecin on Saturday. Two days later, Gornik will be hosting Cracovia Krakow (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches, last ones before the long winter break).
Arka Gdynia vs Gornik Zabrze: Head to head Stats
Arka haven’t hosted Gornik since 2010, since they spent all these years playing in different categories. Back then, the Gdynia side won 2-0. Two years earlier, they had won 1-0.
Arka Gdynia vs Gornik Zabrze: Prediction
The 1.50 Gornik’s double chance comes at, is the absolute must I am counting on getting from this game. There are possibilities for far more than that, though.
Arka Gdynia vs Gornik Zabrze: Betting Tips
So, Gornik’s double chance is at 1.50. “Both teams to score” pays 1.75. Gornik’s win in “draw no bet” pays is at 1.95. “Over 2.5 combined goals” pays exactly the same. Last, but not least, for something way over 2,00, I would risk with Gornik’s win combined with over 2.5 goals, at 4.50.
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