Korona Kielce vs Arka Gdynia
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 9 December 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Gino Lettieri was voted “Coach of the Month” for November, and I guess he deserved it, given Korona Kielce’s great run the previous month, but personally, after last Monday’s 2-2 at Cracovia Krakow and some of his choices, I lost some of the respect I had for him. He didn’t start Cvijanovic, but… maybe he knew something no one else knew, maybe he made that decision based on what he had seen in training all week. You can never be sure why a coach starts or doesn’t start a player. But with the score at 2-2, with Korona having imposed their own rule on the pitch, he just… feared the worst, didn’t make another move to strengthen his attack and win a game that was… begging to be won by Korona. Instead, he left Soriano warming up until the 89th minute, and even then, instead of sending him in, while taking his other striker, Katcharava, out, he sent defender Diaw in, in a clear move that screamed out loud how fearful he was, how much he feared that non-existent offensively (in the last 40 minutes) Cracovia would win the game. Korona did get a draw, but if I were a fan of theirs, I would be left disappointed. Then again, it comes down to what you think of a team. Maybe most Korona fans are ok with not losing, but I strongly feel that last Monday’s game was one to be won, and the draw was nothing really special for Korona. Adnan Kovacević is unavailable (four yellow cards), not… necessarily a bad thing. The Korona defender has committed several mistakes since the start of the season.
Playing one of their worst games of the season, Arka “managed” to… resurrect Wisla Plock last weekend. Loss, 2-0, which would have been even bigger if Steinbors hadn’t saved a penalty. On the other hand, it was a massive Steinbors error that put Wisla Plock ahead in the first place. Generally, Arka did their absolute best to gift all three points to Wisla, committing incredible back-to-back errors, creating chances on behalf of Wisla. It was… kind of hard to believe, how easily, how often, and how… without under pressure Arka’s players kept “selling” the ball, assisting Wisla in scoring, in creating chances. The Gdynia side had big back-to-back wins before traveling to Plock, but in 90 minutes they definitely spoiled some of the great impressions they had left their fans (and not only them) with, lately.
Previous five matches:
Cracovia Krakow vs Korona Kielce 2-2
Korona Kielce vs Zaglebie Lubin 2-0
Korona Kielce vs Legia Warsaw 3-2
Zaglebie Lubin vs Korona Kielce 0-0
Korona Kielce vs Slask Wroclaw 3-0
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
Arka Gdynia vs Lechia Gdansk 0-1
Korona’s next game is on Tuesday, at Jagiellonia Bialystok. Same day, Arka will be hosting Gornik Zabrze (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches).
Korona Kielce vs Arka Gdynia: Head to head Stats
Korona last hosted Arka a year ago, they beat them 1-0. Before that, they hadn’t hosted them since 2011, another 1-0 win of theirs.
Korona Kielce vs Arka Gdynia: Prediction
I think Korona’s average game last Monday at Cracovia will prove to be an exception to the rule, and that they will bounce back, winning this game.
Korona Kielce vs Arka Gdynia: Betting Tips
A simple Korona win pays 2,00, which is actually good, you could stay with that. “Over 2.5 goals” pays as much. Personally, I would risk with “Korona and over 2.5 goals”, at 3.25. They score easily, I can see them score three times, and push the game over 2.5 even without… Arka’s “contribution”.