Korona Kielce vs Lech Poznan
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 25 February 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
In… crazy games, games that go way differently than what you had planned/expected, not losing is a welcome “something”, and that’s what Korona Kielce did last weekend at Sandecja Nowy Sacz. Korona had visited the same stadium a week earlier, they had beaten Nieciecza 3-0, but Sandecja proved a much-much tougher nut to break. The Kielce side took the lead twice in the first half, but by the 71st minute they were 3-2 down(!), as Diaw scored a… weird own goal. Ironically, it was the same player who gave Korona at least a point, scoring the equaliser in the 80th minute. It’s easy to criticise Korona for conceding three goals to Sandecja, but… this “comes with the package” called Korona. There have been several games in which they were super vulnerable at the back. Many times they made up for it, by being impressive offensively. Through these ups and downs they have managed to be 6th in the table, a decent spot for Korona.
A week after Lech Poznan’s 2-0 win over Pogon Szczecin, I keep thinking that they were sort of lucky that in-form Pogon seemed so… timid in the first half. If the visitors had played their “go get them” football, the one they have been playing since late November, Lech would have struggled. Even so, they needed an 81st-minute goal to put the game to bed, make it 2-0. One thing is for sure, Lech proved once again that they have the defence to challenge for the title in Poland. Plus, they have the… fear factor that their stadium causes to most teams. Łukasz Trałka is unavailable due to cards. The 33-year-old midfielder has missed just one game this season, always in the starting lineup, and hardly ever getting substituted.
Previous five matches:
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Korona Kielce 3-3
Nieciecza vs Korona Kielce 0-3
Korona Kielce vs Piast Gliwice 1-1
Jagiellonia Bialystok vs Korona Kielce 5-1
Korona Kielce vs Arka Gdynia 0-3
Lech Poznan vs Pogon Szczecin 2-0
Arka Gdynia vs Lech Poznan 0-0
Lech Poznan vs Nieciecza 3-1
Zaglebie Lubin vs Lech Poznan 0-0
Lech Poznan vs Cracovia Krakow 1-0
Korona’s next game is at Wisla Krakow on Wednesday. Same day, Lech will be hosting Slask Wroclaw (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches).
Korona Kielce vs Lech Poznan: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Korona, two for Lech, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Kielce. Two of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Korona Kielce vs Lech Poznan: Prediction
It’s Korona’s… craziness, against Lech’s… cynicism. A team that loves doing its part in wild games, against a team that keeps its matches as… uneventful as possible, getting the result they want. It’s a game that can end anything from 3-3 to 0-0. All things considered, I’m backing Lech to leave Kielce undefeated.
Korona Kielce vs Lech Poznan: Betting Tips
In such a tough to make any prediction game, I feel “both teams to score”, at 1.80, is a good way out, paying relatively well, without you worrying about who wins or loses. I do expect Lech to score at least once. Despite their tight defence, I definitely expect Korona as well to create 6-7 decent chances to score, and I will be surprised if they don’t make at least one of those really matter. I feel 1-1 is the… minimum in this game, goals-wise. I’m not risking with “over 2.5 goals”, but I repeat, at 1.80, I definitely like “both team to score”.