Pogon Szczecin vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 10 February 2017
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
Pogon Szczecin had a dreadful first half of the season, but at least December went very well, earning seven points from their last three matches, while they had just 10 from their previous 18(!!). Things have definitely improved under Kosta Runjaic, the coach who has been in charge since early November. They did well in their friendly games as well, in January, so there is a certain optimism in the air that soon the team won’t be at the bottom of the table. During the recent transfer window they signed a goalkeeper from Lechia Gdansk, a young right midfielder from Tychy, but most of all tried to strengthen their attacking line, either signing or welcoming back from loan spells elsewhere no less than four players. Morten Nicolas Rasmussen (or simply “Duncan”, as he’s known) is the most important addition to their roster. He has scored countless goals in Denmark, and he may be 33 but even until last season he was scoring regularly for Aarhus. On the other hand, Hungarian winger Ádám Gyurcsó was loaned out to Hajduk Split, and Dariusz Formella returned to Lech Poznan from his loan spell at Pogon. Actually, Lech loaned him out again, to I Liga (second division) side Rakow Czestochowa. Personally, I cannot believe this – 22-year-old – winger will not spend the second half of the season at an Ekstraklasa club…
For a newly-promoted club, for a club that feature in the Ekstraklasa first time ever, and, let’s not forget, for a team that play their home games in Nieciecza, not in Nowy Sacz, since their stadium is not up to Ekstraklasa standards, Sandecja did well in the first half of the season, sitting 14th in the table, having earned some very good results. Still, they have the worst scoring record in the league, less than a goal per game. Defensively they did much better, they conceded less goals than practically all teams in the lower half of the table, but… they need to score more. They have a new coach, as Kazimierz Moskal took over after their last December match. They signed five players, four on loan until the end of the season (their budget is limited, so they had to find as inexpensive solutions as possible).
Previous five matches:
Pogon Szczecin vs Arka Gdynia 1-0
Lechia Gdansk vs Pogon Szczecin 1-3
Pogon Szczecin vs Zaglebie Lubin 3-3
Jagiellonia Bialystok vs Pogon Szczecin 1-0
Pogon Szczecin vs Piast Gliwice 2-2
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Lechia Gdansk 2-2
Wisla Plock vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Jagiellonia Bialystok 0-1
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Legia Warsaw 2-2
Arka Gdynia vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz 5-0
Pogon Szczecin’s next game is at Lech Poznan, next weekend. Sandecja will be hosting Korona Kielce (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches).
Pogon Szczecin vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz: Head to head Stats
Pogon haven’t hosted Sandecja since 2011. Back then, in the I Liga (second division), they beat them 1-0.
Pogon Szczecin vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz: Prediction
I expect Pogon to win, and I won’t be surprised if that happens by two goals.
Pogon Szczecin vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz: Betting Tips
A simple Pogon win pays 1.66. For much more than that, my tip is “Pogon to win and keep a clean sheet”, at 2.62. I have very little faith in Sandecja scoring, no matter if they are facing the last in the table.
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