Piast Gliwice vs Legia Warsaw
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 12 December 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Crazy game in Wroclaw last weekend, fantastic to watch, not only because of the ball going up and down and both teams missing incredible chances other than the four goals they scored, but also because a good part of the match was played under intense snow-fall, adding to the whole… spectacle. Piast could have won, they had the chances, could have lost, especially with Slask missing two unbelievable opportunities late in the game, but at the end both teams had to settle for a draw. Papadopulos scored again (interestingly, not with a header) to make it 1-1, and Angielski equalized for the second time on Piast’s behalf, in the 88th minute. The guy scored his first ever Ekstraklasa goal, but he didn’t even celebrate it, despite being an important goal in the 88th minute, kind of respecting the fans of the team (Slask) where he played eight matches back in 2014/15(!).
I’ve praised Hamalainen so many times that… it’s rather obvious I’m in love with the kind of player he is. Perfect positioning in Legia’s first goal, penalty won, Guilherme took it, 1-0 (against Nieciecza, at home, last weekend). Awesome view of the pitch in the second goal, spotless pass to Pasquato, impressive finish by the Italian, 2-0 (in just four minutes these two goals, early in the second half). “Wow” technique in the third goal, shooting outside the box, keeping the ball down, 3-0. As I’ve written before, the Finn is not fast, doesn’t jump to the sky, but his football IQ is so high that more than makes up for his weaknesses. First win for Legia in the Ekstraklasa, after picking up just one point from their two previous matches. They are second in the table, just one point behind leaders Gornik Zabrze.
Previous five matches:
Slask Wroclaw vs Piast Gliwice 2-2
Piast Gliwice vs Lech Poznan 0-0
Pogon Szczecin vs Piast Gliwice 2-2
Piast Gliwice vs Cracovia Krakow 1-0
Nieciecza vs Piast Gliwice 2-1
Legia Warsaw vs Nieciecza 3-0
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Legia Warsaw 2-2
Legia Warsaw vs Bytovia Bytów 4-2
Korona Kielce vs Legia Warsaw 3-2
Legia Warsaw vs Gornik Zabrze 1-0
Piast’s next game is at Korona Kielce on Friday. A day later, Legia will be hosting Wisla Plock (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches, last ones before the long winter break).
Piast Gliwice vs Legia Warsaw: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Piast, two for Legia, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Gliwice. Four of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Piast Gliwice vs Legia Warsaw: Prediction
Legia’s win pays 1.75, but I am almost 100% sure they will concede, so I’m hesitant to back them to pick up all three points.
Piast Gliwice vs Legia Warsaw: Betting Tips
“Both teams to score” pays 1.90, better than Legia’s win, and I like it a lot. “Over 2.5 combined” goals pays just a little better, 1.95. Pushing it a little bit, I would risk with “over 3.5 goals”, tempted by the 3.30 it pays, and the fact that both teams create lots of chance sin their games.
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