Nieciecza vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 24 February 2017
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
Defeat 3-0 at home two weeks ago to Korona Kielce, 3-0 defeat at Gornik Zabrze last weekend, the Ekstraklasa couldn’t have restarted in a worse way for Nieciecza. They have lost five of their last six games, with the difference that before the winter break they looked somewhat more competitive. Their roster is what it is, you can’t expect big things from them, but even by their poor standards, last weekend’s performance was not an Ekstraklasa team performance, but a I Liga (second division) one. These may look like harsh words, but this is how things look, Nieciecza are top favourites to get relegated, and in full honesty, based on how they have looked in most of their games, the Ekstraklasa won’t really miss them.
“Tough nut to break”, these are words I have used countless times these last months to describe Sandecja Nowy Sacz, and last weekend they proved it again, earning a… crazy 3-3 draw against Korona Kielce. Actually, given that Sandecja were leading 3-2 after the 71st minute, you could say that it was Korona who earned the draw. Sandecja are not full of quality players, but what they lack in quality they more than make up for in passion, determination, team spirit. They went down twice last week, to a team that had just beaten Nieciecza 3-0 at the same stadium a week earlier, but they didn’t give up, they answered both times, took the lead thanks to a crazily lucky own-goal, and got equalised late in the match. Draw felt fair, given how all 90 minutes went. They are 14th, a single point higher than Nieciecza, with whom they have been sharing the same stadium this season, as Sandecja’s home doesn’t comply with Ekstraklasa regulations. That’s another reason why I very much respect how they have looked these last months. They are newly-promoted, they are not playing at their proper home, and still they have looked more than decent. Defender Patrik Mráz is unavailable due to cards. He has played in most games this season, starting in almost all.
Previous five matches:
Gornik Zabrze vs Nieciecza 3-0
Nieciecza vs Korona Kielce 0-3
Lech Poznan vs Nieciecza 3-1
Nieciecza vs Slask Wroclaw 2-1
Legia Warsaw vs Nieciecza 3-0
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Korona Kielce 3-3
Pogon Szczecin vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz 4-1
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Lechia Gdansk 2-2
Wisla Plock vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz 2-2
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Jagiellonia Bialystok 0-1
Nieciecza’s next game is at Lechia Gdansk on Tuesday. Same day, Sandecja will be hosting Zaglebie Lubin (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches).
Nieciecza vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Nieciecza, two for Sandecja, and a draw, in the last five games between these two with Nieciecza as hosts. The last two games went over 2.5 goals.
Nieciecza vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz: Prediction
I’m absolutely thrilled to see Nieciecza be considered relatively clear favourites to win the game, because I’m definitely, 100%, backing Sandecja to earn at least a draw. I feel they have players with the proper attitude to get a positive result in such a “derby”.
Nieciecza vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz: Betting Tips
Sandecja’s double chance pays 1.90, exactly as much as Nieciecza’s win, and I consider it a very good bet, really trusting them to earn at least a draw. Their win in “draw no bet” is at 2.75 betting odds.