Lechia Gdansk vs Wisla Plock
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 18 November 2017
Kick-off: 20:30 CET
Kudos to Lechia Gdansk for showing real character in what was a very tough local derby two weeks ago, at Arka Gdynia. Flávio Paixão scored the only goal of the match in the fifth minute of added time(!), giving Lechia a rather deserved victory. They were the better team for most of the match, they missed more and bigger chances, so that super late goal kind of did them justice. Huge boost for Lechia, who had picked up just one point from their three previous games, and just a week earlier had gotten humiliated at home by Korona Kielce, losing that game 5-0(!). They are currently sitting 12th in the table, paying for their super vulnerable defense. Only Pogon Szczecin and Piast Gliwice, the last two teams in the table, have conceded – slightly – more goals than Lechia this season, so far.
At Piast Gliwice, a week before the international break, Wisla Plock was bad, and deservedly lost 2-1. Just before the break though, hosting Jagiellonia Bialystok, they did almost everything right, and amazingly, they still lost the game 2-1. They were the bosses on the pitch for most of the 90 minutes, they took the lead in the first half, missed three-four good chances to score more, but in the second half, the source of their problems had… a first and a last name. They say that teams lose as a group and win as a group, it doesn’t come down to one person, but I feel it’s rather safe to say that José Kanté’s percentage of responsibility for that Wisla defeat is much bigger than that of any other player. First, he gave away a… stupid beyond description penalty early in the second half, gifting Jagiellonia the equalizer. Later on, he dived, unscrupulously, inside Jagiellonia’s box, while he could easily have finished it off, scoring. At first he fooled the referee, but the penalty call was taken back after half a minute. Kanté was actually lucky not to get booked, since it would have been his second yellow card in the match. All in all, Wisla didn’t deserve to lose that game, it was their second loss in a row, and it will be very-very interesting to see them now, after the international break, see how they will respond. They are 8th in the table.
Previous five matches:
Arka Gdynia vs Lechia Gdansk 0-1
Lechia Gdansk vs Korona Kielce 0-5
Lechia Gdansk vs Lech Poznan 3-3
Legia Warsaw vs Lechia Gdansk 1-0
Lechia Gdansk vs Zaglebie Lubin 1-0
Wisla Plock vs Jagiellonia Bialystok 1-2
Piast Gliwice vs Wisla Plock 2-1
Wisla Plock vs Slask Wroclaw 4-1
Korona Kielce vs Wisla Plock 2-0
Wisla Plock vs Nieciecza 1-0
Lechia’s next game is on Friday, November 14, at Cracovia Krakow. Two days later, Wisla Plock will be visiting Lech Poznan (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches).
Lechia Gdansk vs Wisla Plock: Head to head Stats
Lechia beat Wisla Plock 2-1 last season, at home. Before that, they hadn’t hosted them since 2008.
Lechia Gdansk vs Wisla Plock: Prediction
Despite Wisla’s back-to-back losses and Lechia’s big win in the local derby over Arka just before the international break, I’m taking the risk to back the Plock side to avoid defeat.
Lechia Gdansk vs Wisla Plock: Betting Tips
Wisla’s double chance pays 2.05. “Both teams to score” is at 1.66 betting odds, “over 2.5 goals” pays 1.80, and last, but not least, “over 2.5 and both teams to score” is at 2.10.
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