Piast Gliwice vs Pogon Szczecin
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 21 April 2018
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
At this point, after last weekend’s results, it feels that Piast Gliwice are the third candidate to… wave the Ekstraklasa goodbye, along with Nieciecza and Sandecja Nowy Sacz. Piast lost 2-1 at Cracovia Krakow, are sixth in the table of the “relegation round”, right above the relegation line, just a single point higher than Nieciecza. Despite their defeat in Krakow last weekend, there were positives. No one can say they didn’t create chances, enough to even win the game. They scored a beautiful goal, had some parts of the game in which they played very well, and all in all, I feel confident repeating the prediction I have made earlier in the season, that at the end, Piast won’t be relegated, it will be Nieciecza and Sandecja.
Pogon Szczecin played an awesome second half last weekend, beat Nieciecza 2-0 at home, could have finished the game with the score at… 4-0, easily, they had many and big chances in the second half, and all in all it was a marvelous afternoon for them. Their two-point gap to Nieciecza grew to five, and they proved once again that despite their horrible first half of the season, they are not a team that should be fighting to avoid relegation. They are better than that, and they proved it last weekend, as they have consistently been doing since December, when they started their still going counterattack. They have now won three of their last four games, and that game they lost was to Legia in Warsaw, so… you can’t blame them for that.
Previous five matches:
Cracovia Krakow vs Piast Gliwice 2-1
Piast Gliwice vs Nieciecza 1-1
Wisla Plock vs Piast Gliwice 1-0
Piast Gliwice vs Zaglebie Lubin 0-0
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Piast Gliwice 0-3
Pogon Szczecin vs Nieciecza 2-0
Legia Warsaw vs Pogon Szczecin 3-0
Pogon Szczecin vs Slask Wroclaw 3-2
Nieciecza vs Pogon Szczecin 2-4
Pogon Szczecin vs Cracovia Krakow 0-3
Piast’s next game is at Arka Gdynia, next weekend. Pogon will be hosting Sandecja Nowy Sacz (both Ekstraklasa matches).
Piast Gliwice vs Pogon Szczecin: Head to head Stats
Just one win for Piast, three for Pogon, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Gliwice. Three of those five matches stayed under 2.5 goals.
Piast Gliwice vs Pogon Szczecin: Prediction
Piast are desperate to get all three points, but they are… unlucky to be playing against a team that have looked reliable in most of their recent matches. I’m backing Pogon to leave Gliwice undefeated.
Piast Gliwice vs Pogon Szczecin: Betting Tips
Pogon’s double chance is at 1.55 betting odds. “Over 2.5 goals” feels probable, considering how many chances both teams’ matches had last weekend, and generally taking into account the… nature of both, mostly Pogon, who have played their part in producing some big scores.