Piast Gliwice vs Jagiellonia Bialystok
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 12 February 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Based on their roster, Piast Gliwice should be at least a couple of spots higher in the table, and shouldn’t be relegated at the end of the season, but… there they are, second-to-last, below Sandecja Nowy Sacz and Nieciecza, and they have no one to blame for that but themselves. Just before the winter break they drew 1-1 at Korona Kielce, just before that they had lost by the slightest of margins to Legia Warsaw, and going even further back they drew to Slask (away) and Lech (at home), four results that help me make the point that Piast should not, absolutely should not be that low in the table. Waldemar Fornalik is still their coach, having taken over in September, after the first… disastrous game weeks of the new season. They have half a dozen new faces, including Jakub Czerwinski, a 26-year-old defender who arrived from Legia Warsaw on loan until the end of the season. Several players left as well, but no one that they are going to miss dearly.
Jagiellonia Bialystok finished the first half of the season sitting fourth in the table, but level on points with Lech Poznan and Gornik Zabrze, the two teams right above them. Where they that good from August to December? Yes and no. There were games they were way below average, maybe several of those, but the Ekstraklasa is a league where not even the leaders, Legia Warsaw, could be trusted week in week out, all teams had ups and downs, and Jagiellonia earned the results they needed in certain games to remain that close to the top. Ireneusz Mamrot remains their coach, he has been in charge since soon after the end of last season. Among those who arrived last month, 27-year-old attacker Dejan Lazarević is a very interesting case. The Slovene has spent most of his career in Italy (and Turkey), he signed at Jagiellonia as a free agent, and could prove big for them. His compatriot Roman Bezjak also joined Jagiellonia, another striker with lots of experience playing abroad. On the other hand, Fedor Chernykh, a very good left winger, was sold to Dinamo Moscow.
Previous five matches:
Korona Kielce vs Piast Gliwice 1-1
Piast Gliwice vs Legia Warsaw 0-1
Slask Wroclaw vs Piast Gliwice 2-2
Piast Gliwice vs Lech Poznan 0-0
Pogon Szczecin vs Piast Gliwice 2-2
Slask Wroclaw vs Jagiellonia Bialystok 1-0
Jagiellonia Bialystok vs Korona Kielce 5-1
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Jagiellonia Bialystok 0-1
Jagiellonia Bialystok vs Pogon Szczecin 1-0
Gornik Zabrze vs Jagiellonia Bialystok 3-1
Piast Gliwice’s next game is at Lechia Gdansk, next weekend. Jagiellonia Bialystok will be hosting Cracovia Krakow (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches).
Piast Gliwice vs Jagiellonia Bialystok: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Piast, two for Jagiellonia, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Gliwice. Only one of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Piast Gliwice vs Jagiellonia Bialystok: Prediction
Piast finished the first half of the season looking the way they should have been looking since the start of it, and I expect them to continue looking decent.
Piast Gliwice vs Jagiellonia Bialystok: Betting Tips
Piast’s double chance pays 1.60. Draw, which I consider definitely more probable then Piast’s win, is at 3.20.