Lechia Gdansk vs Wisla Krakow
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 10 February 2017
Kick-off: 20:30 CET
Lechia Gdansk were one of the most… fun teams to watch in the first half of the season, most of their games had many goals, but that wasn’t necessarily a good thing for them, as, very often, they were at the… receiving end of those goals. Only bottom-of-the-table Pogon Szczecin conceded more goals than Lechia (just one) in the first 21 game weeks. If the Gdansk side hadn’t been scoring almost a goal and a half per game, they would be way lower than their current position, 11th. Welshman Adam Owen has been their coach since late September, young, 37, trying to “teach” the team some new tricks. It will be interesting to see them after their January “preseason”, after Owen had the time to work on his own style of football. They signed Serbian left-back Filip Mladenovic (ex-Standard Liege), and a few days ago they welcomed back Ariel Borysiuk, a 26-year-old defensive midfielder who returned from QPR, a guy who played at Lechia last season as well, on loan, back then, from the English club.
There were weeks in the first half of the season that Wisla Krakow were practically touching the top spot in the table, but every single time they had a chance to reach it, they blew it. Kiko Ramirez paid the price, got dismissed just before the winter break, Joan Carrillo is Wisla’s coach now, and they have two new players as well, Slovenian right-back Matej Palcic (ex-Maribor), and Serbian central midfielder Nikola Mitrovic, who arrived from Napredak. Portuguese winger Zé Manuel is gone, but either way, his short stint at Wisla was a major disappointment, playing very little, and looking extremely poor every time he was given the chance to play. Wisla are 8th in the table, they should stay in the upper half until the end of the regular season, but only if Carlitos Lopez stays fit, because without the Spanish striker their chances of doing anything good this season are close to non-existent.
Previous five matches:
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Lechia Gdansk 2-2
Lechia Gdansk vs Pogon Szczecin 1-3
Gornik Zabrze vs Lechia Gdansk 1-1
Lechia Gdansk vs Slask Wroclaw 3-1
Cracovia Krakow vs Lechia Gdansk 2-1
Wisla Krakow vs Zaglebie Lubin 1-2
Cracovia Krakow vs Wisla Krakow 1-4
Wisla Krakow vs Wisla Plock 0-1
Wisla Krakow vs Gornik Zabrze 2-3
Nieciecza vs Wisla Krakow 3-3
Lechia Gdansk’s next game is again at home, versus Piast Gliwice, next weekend. Wisla Krakow will be hosting Arka Gdynia (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches).
Lechia Gdansk vs Wisla Krakow: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Lechia and two draws in the last five games between these two in Gdansk. Three of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Lechia Gdansk vs Wisla Krakow: Prediction
I am counting on Wisla to earn at least a draw, not because I trust them that much, but because it’s Lechia the ones I really distrust.
Lechia Gdansk vs Wisla Krakow: Betting Tips
Wisla’s double chance pays 1.75. For something a little better than that, I’d take “over 2.5 goals”, at 1.95 betting odds, mostly because Lechia “loved” – in the first half of the season – playing their part in high-score matches.
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