Piast Gliwice vs Legia Warsaw
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 12 August 2018
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
“Both teams to score” (1.80) and “over 2.5 goals and both teams to score” (2.30) were my two tips last weekend when Piast Gliwice hosted Zaglebie Lubin. Both came good, as Piast won the game 2-1. They took the lead in the first half, got equalized soon after that, and scored the winner in the 83rd minute. Tom Hateley had played five minutes in the first two game weeks, didn’t play more than 10 minutes last weekend against Zaglebie, but that little time proved enough to make a huge difference. Piast are one of the only two teams to be on nine points from three matches, a dream start for them. Their coach, Waldemar Fornalik, won the “Coach of the Month” award. The… funny detail is that Zaglebie Lubin’s (the team Piast beat last weekend) former coach, Piotr Stokowiec, won the same award last season during the first half, before the winter break, as Zaglebie were doing great, but… ended up getting fired before the end of the season, when things went south for the Lubin side.
Disgrace. Just one of the several words (none of those positive) I could think of to call Legia Warsaw’s result on Thursday. They got eliminated by a Slovakian team in the Champions League qualifiers, and that felt like a humiliation, because on so many levels, Polish football is higher than Slovakian football, and Legia are not “any” Polish team, they are back-to-back champions, with the – by far – best roster in the country. To lose at home to a team from Luxembourg though, takes “humiliation” to whole different levels. They did lose Iñaki Astiz seconds before halftime, they had to play with 10 men in the entire second half, but… no disrespect meant to Dudelange, even so, Legia should have done the absolute minimum, and at least not lose the game. The team is in turmoil, the club is in turmoil, fans are enraged, and… remains to be seen how the players respond(?) in the championship.
Previous five matches:
Piast Gliwice vs Zaglebie Lubin 2-1
Pogon Szczecin vs Piast Gliwice 0-2
Zaglebie Sosnowiec vs Piast Gliwice 1-2
Piast Gliwice vs Sigma Olomouc 0-3
Piast Gliwicevs Podbeskidzie 3-1
Legia Warsaw vs Dudelange 1-2
Legia Warsaw vs Lechia Gdansk 0-0
Spartak Trnava vs Legia Warsaw 0-1
Korona Kielce vs Legia Warsaw 1-2
Legia Warsaw vs Spartak Trnava 0-2
Piast’s next game is at Jagiellonia Bialystok, next weekend (Poland Ekstraklasa). Legia are traveling to Luxembourg midweek, to face Dudelange (Europa League qualifiers).
Piast Gliwice vs Legia Warsaw: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Piast and three for Legia in the last five games between these two in Gliwice.
Piast Gliwice vs Legia Warsaw: Prediction
Piast are in awesome form, Legia are… an utter mess, plus, they have the return leg in Luxembourg in a few days, their chance to save their – international – season, so backing the hosts to earn at least a draw feels like the “rational” thing to do, despite the fact that it’s Legia who are considered favorites to win the game.
Piast Gliwice vs Legia Warsaw: Betting Tips
Piast’s win in “draw no bet” is at 2.10, and their double chance at 1.57.